How does Bono do it?

One of the most beautiful performances I’ve seen from him since the 2002 Superbowl Halftime Show. [Read more…]

Just did the Richard Rossi radio show

You can listen to the interview here. [Read more…]

Bragging on my big sister

Here is a video of her conducting the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, where she serves as music director. [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…]

Even Mark Driscoll recognizes MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” as textbook scapegoating

Much has been made of the fact Mark Driscoll was asked to stop passing out free copies of his new book when he made an impromptu appearance at John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference last Friday. But that was merely a procedural matter. No one was allowed to hand out literature at the conference unless it [Read More…]

Frank Schaeffer’s new novel is now available on Amazon

It’s called And God Said, Billy!, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best things Frank has ever written. The product of 17 years of working out his own salvation with fear, trembling, anger and a radical encounter with grace, the novel is a biting satire of the fundamentalist Christian subculture Frank left behind [Read More…]

The last thing I’ll say about the Trinity situation

After two amicable phone calls with the Dean and the Chair of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture, I’ve come to see my situation a bit more clearly. Primarily, I’ve come to understand that the reason I have been barred from teaching at Trinity has to do with the fact that my “clarifying [Read More…]

Faith statements–a pretext for scapegoating?

My recent situation with Trinity Western University is a reminder of why I’ve always had difficulty with faith statements. On the one hand, I don’t think I’ve ever read a faith statement with which I can agree wholeheartedly. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I often tend to disagree with myself mid-sentence, so [Read More…]

The clarifying statement on hell that cost me a teaching job

For what it’s worth, here is article 10 of Trinity Western University’s statement of faith: God’s gospel requires a response that has eternal consequences. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead [Read More…]

Paying the price for my views on hell

Some of you may know that I was slated to teach a class on documentary filmmaking this fall at Trinity Western University, a Christian liberal arts college in Langley, BC. I’ve had an ongoing relationship with Trinity over the years, serving as a guest speaker in their film classes, judging their student short film contest [Read More…]