The first review of my new documentary is in — and it’s a doozy

A brief excerpt from Mike Archer’s piece blistering piece at Abbotsford Today: Before Mayor Banman allows another Abbotsford taxpayer dollar to be given to the Calgary Flames he should buy every household in Abbotsford a copy of The Chicken Manure Incident. At $5 a copy it would be a bargain and it would change this [Read More...]

Can we be scientific about theology?

I say, “Yes!” But if we are going to be scientific about theology, it seems to me we need to proceed like scientists, with as few assumptions about the data under observation as possible, i.e. that the Spirit is somehow guiding us. Rather than proceed from that assumption, I would rather wait and see if [Read More...]

The NSA: From “No Such Agency” to “New Snowden Age”

In early 2001, I was doing research for a novel about a radio operator on a Trident nuclear submarine who receives a mysterious signal from what appears to be an extra-terrestrial source and subsequently finds himself at the center of an international and [possibly] interplanetary crisis. As part of my research, I spent time studying [Read More...]

A few thoughts on avoiding extremes

Just because something isn’t what you expected doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Just becomes something can’t do everything doesn’t mean it can’t do some things well. For something to be revealed, other things must be concealed. Therefore, the key question behind every “A-ha moment” should be, “What am I missing?” Don’t just accept an idea [Read More...]

Everyone likes to give notes–but no one likes to get them

I’ve spent most of the last 10 years working as a screenwriter. And as anyone in the film industry knows, when it comes to “above the line” talent (those who are responsible for the creative direction of a film), screenwriters consistently rank at the bottom. On a typical film set, the director is king, the [Read More...]

Avoiding the Halo effect

Last weekend, my kids picked up an Xbox 360 in a post-Christmas sale. With it came a copy of Halo 4. As a rule, we don’t let our kids play first-person shooter games. However, I will admit to having a weakness for them, even though I have not indulged that weakness for nearly a decade [Read More...]

Fresh wind + chicken manure = premiere of my new documentary

The Chicken Manure Incident, my new, 44-minute documentary about the ongoing battle between the City of Abbotsford, BC and its homeless population, will premiere at Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship in Abbotsford on January 25 at 7pm. Two of the principle figures in the film, Ward Draper and Jesse Wegenast of the 5&2 Ministries, will be [Read More...]

This would be comical if it weren’t so ludicrous

Apparently, some troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp–where prisoners have been routinely held without trial, abused and tortured since 2002–are upset about some nativity scenes displayed in two mess halls, which they say unfairly privilege Christianity over other religions. By placing these displays in prominent common areas, the impression is that one faith [Read More...]

A video in which I speak my mind

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“Just war” or Just war?

It’s fittingly ironic that I spent part of yesterday afternoon reading and ruminating on President Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in preparation for a documentary I’m developing called [Necessary] Evil, only to end the day reading about the drone strike in Yemen that killed 15 people who were on their way to a [Read More...]


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