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April 10, 2017 / / Topics

It’s quite inevitable and interesting that in the time leading up to Easter, magazines and media outlets look for ways to leverage the life of a Jewish man who roamed the remote region of Palestine early in the first century. After almost two millennia, people are still asking the question, “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?” Why? The answer to that question has tremendous implications for all humanity. Jesus made claims that no other person has ever made. He came with a purpose no one has ever had. Of course, none…

April 3, 2017 / / Topics

We live in a culture that tries to avoid suffering at any cost. And yet it is an undeniable aspect of human existence. It informs us that something is amiss—that things are not right. It could be the painful struggle with cancer or a chaotic refugee crisis. Some view suffering as a karmic event—justly deserved by a person or a community. But we should not jump too quickly to equate suffering with punishment. There are thugs and thieves who seem to be exempt from suffering and there are humanitarians who…

March 27, 2017 / / Topics

There is a notion that caring for the earth is an assignment for liberal, tree-hugging nature lovers. On the flipside, the perception is that many Christians are less interested in environmental issues, as their sentiments at times expose “creation care”. The old Christian spiritual proclaimed, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.” Many have used that as an anthem to abdicate responsibility for this world. Others have used the supposed world-ending, apocalyptic passages of the Bible to advocate for their own laissez-faire attitude. But one cannot…

March 20, 2017 / / Topics

Be it people, works of art, or musical compositions, we are drawn to things that are beautiful. Beauty stops us in our tracks. Driving around a mountain bend, we are lured to those cutouts in the road were people interrupt their trips, get out of their cars, and soak in the vistas. Driving down coastal highways, we take in the miles of breathless sights and marvel as the ocean nestles and sometimes crashes against the shoreline rock. We appreciate the layout of a wonderfully landscaped garden as the colours of…

March 12, 2017 / / Topics

The monitor shows a flat-line. There’s no pulse—the mirror, fogless. At that moment science and speculations are silenced. Time of death? Who knows, but it will happen to everyone—call it. At no moment in our lives is the good news of Jesus more vital than at that moment when we breathe our last breath. Many who have rejected the existence of God hold the opinion that the moment they die, they will merely cease to exist—absorbed into the universe at best, or maybe just become worm food. They seem to…

March 6, 2017 / / Topics

It seems people are increasingly assuming that science and religious faith are incongruous—that the more we learn about our world and our physical beings the less we need God for explanatory purposes. How did we arrive at a place where God, who has preoccupied the human mind for millennia, has been kicked to the proverbial curb? The field of science has dramatically changed our world. Many diseases from which multitudes would have died are now distant memories due to the relentless research of incredibly devoted scientists and their constant pursuit…

February 27, 2017 / / Topics

One of greatest fears people have is becoming terminally ill and unable to function or fend for themselves. They are afraid they will not only be a burden on others, but that they might die alone as well. One of the ways people have chosen to deal with these dilemmas is to invite a medical professional to sedately usher them out of this life, and in so doing, take control of their own death. Many are afraid of living incompetently or in writhing pain. They feel that ending their life…

February 20, 2017 / / Topics

We all have boundaries within which we live. Our properties have limits. Our roads have lines that keep us safe.  Many have set boundaries on their personal time and space and take those things seriously. But it seems that when it comes to sexual boundaries, our culture almost seems to take offence at and be quite resentful of them. So, it comes as no surprise that almost half of teenagers aged 15-19 in Canada report having had sexual intercourse. In fact, some consider it quite odd, almost laughable, if a…

February 13, 2017 / / Topics

Is there a word that is used more than “love”? It rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? “I love my family. I love my job. I love a good steak. I love travelling.” Hopefully, family ranks a little higher than a juicy sirloin. But what is love? Is it simply an emotion we feel? Is it that sensation of wobbly knees when we’re around someone who elicits those feelings in us? Psychologists call that limerance, a state of mad attraction or infatuation. Love has been known to make people irrational…

February 6, 2017 / / Topics

You’d never know it by what you see in the movies and on television, but sex isn’t all there is to life. Few entertainment streams are void of sexual content and lures. Web advertisement and spam emails try to convince people that their sex lives could be so much better if they just purchased a certain product or popped a certain pill. Magazine covers promise 10 ways to please your lover. Be it the sexual humor and double entendres on sit-coms or the gratuitous sexual scenes on cable and Netflix…