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November 21, 2016 / / Topics

It may be one of the questions most asked by people: Why isn’t God more evident? Why does God seem to be hidden from our reality? We might wish that God would spell it out a little more clearly for us—to put a great big sign in the sky that would convince of us that He’s there and that He cares. Many atheists have preyed on this, claiming that this perceived lack of evidence should put to rest any notion that God exists. But human beings don’t always work purely…

November 13, 2016 / / Topics

We live in an age of exploding diversity. Many of us are exposed to countless cultures and ways of life, which is a beautiful thing—something to be celebrated. Just think of the global cuisine, music, and customs we can experience, sometimes without leaving our neighbourhoods. But we also share the stage with so many others who hold to different opinions and beliefs—some that are personal and affect us deeply. So the question is: How do we live with deep differences, especially when they are ideological or religious? One of the…

November 7, 2016 / / Topics

Some insist that there is no “absolute truth,” but have they considered the absoluteness of what they’ve said? Is it true that we all have a version of the truth or that all truth claims are valid? Anyone who says that we can’t disagree with someone else has in essence done the very thing they said we ought not do. And in so doing, they’ve tipped their hand as they grasp for something absolute to exist. The reason why many people shy away from the idea of an objective truth…

October 31, 2016 / / Topics

Morality has become quite subjective in Western society. With everyone accustomed to playing by their own rules, it’s quite natural to ask by whose ‘morals’ we should live. We all have a set of rules by which we live even though no one really enjoys having anyone tell them what to do or how to live. Simply put, there are things that we consider acceptable and things that we reject as wrong. By what standard, however, do we say that racism or sexism or the holocaust were wrong? Is it…

October 24, 2016 / / Topics

When reflecting on violence and evil around us, the argument has often been proposed that if God is good then He would want to put a stop to evil in the world. It’s also been argued that if He is all-powerful, then He would be able to stop evil. But since there is evil and suffering, maybe God isn’t all that powerful or good after all. And what do we make of some of the violence seemingly condoned by God in the Bible – where entire cultures are wiped out…

October 16, 2016 / / Topics

It’s inevitable that we will experience conflict or injury at some point. Will our response be to fight back or is there another way—possibly that of forgiveness? When we have wronged others, how do we want to be treated? That might give us a clue as to how we should treat others. Forgiveness always costs someone something, whereas the cost of not forgiving can be far greater—even toxic. God, having been wronged by humanity, leads by example by offering and absorbing the cost of forgiveness, freeing us to do likewise…

October 9, 2016 / / Topics

Oftentimes we feel helpless because we don’t know how to personally advocate for justice. Justice claims are made about wrongs committed against people. After all, no one screams injustice when a cockroach is killed. Why do we feel that humans have value? For instance, WHO told us that rape is wrong? Atheism teaches that people are just the product of time + matter + chance and that morality is subjective.  Christianity teaches that people are reflections of their Creator and consequently have intrinsic value. Christianity clearly lays out what injustice…

October 2, 2016 / / Topics

Why is it good to be grateful? Peter Kreeft asks, “When you heard your alarm and woke up this morning, what was your first thought?” Perhaps it was, “Oh, man, I can’t believe all the stuff I’ve got to do today.” Or maybe it was, “I’m alive. Thank you.” A simple recognition; that’s where gratitude starts. It’s an acknowledgement that life is not incidental, but a very direct blessing. But to whom should we be thankful? If life is a gift, who is the gift-giver, or better yet, the life-giver?…

August 28, 2016 / / Topics

Human history is not just a meaningless string of events that happen in succession until the universe eventually grinds to a halt. The Biblical story tells us history has an overarching story with a plot, tension, and a point to it all. Life does not consist of random events brought about by chance. It’s an unfolding story written by an Author. Seen from this broader perspective, the narrative of the Christian faith answers our deepest questions. Why am I here? Is there more to existence than what I experience every day?…