May 12, 2016

When I was a newly converted Christian at seventeen years old, I was told by many of my friends from youth group the next step was to be baptized. As someone who had already been baptized as an infant in the Catholic faith, I was utterly confused as to why I would need a second baptism. “Being baptized as an infant doesn’t count!” one friend of mine told me. “It is a public declaration and a personal choice to ‘seal the… Read more

May 6, 2016

Image credit: Flickr I’ve been to my share of rock and metal shows. My buddy and I would often try to weasel our way between the crammed bodies to be at the very front of the stage. Oftentimes when the crowd is feeling the music just right, things can get pretty crazy. People begin to bounce off each other and the crowd intensity matches the performance of the band on stage. (more…) Read more

March 11, 2016

Image credit: I have always been a bit of a coffee fiend. Okay, maybe more than a bit. I’ve had my first cup when I was only 8 years old. I remember seeing my grandpa having his afternoon coffee and then asking my grandma if I could have one too, just to be like him. Without hesitation, grandma would give me a tall glass mug with a dab of honey in it and send me back home to my parents afterwards. That might explain why I was such… Read more

February 25, 2016

Photo credit: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 RSV When I was in my last year of high school, I abandoned the Catholic faith to convert to Protestant Evangelicalism. Despite knowing how heartbroken my parents were, one of the Bible verses I used to justify rebelling against my parents was, “Think… Read more

February 22, 2016

My oldest son was born via C-section due to a breech birth. I remember watching the surgeons pull him out of my wife’s open abdomen in the OR. Seeing life come out of life was one of the most disturbingly beautiful things I have ever witnessed. A sight like that will never escape me. Even as my wife suffered a difficult recovery, her nurturing care and attachment to our firstborn was strong as ever. There was something deeply resonating about her love… Read more

February 6, 2016

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons “If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:26 RSV I was a nominal Roman Catholic with no real knowledge of my own belief-system. In the summer before grade 12, I spent a week at an Evangelical Christian Bible camp where the course of my life was changed forever. At the time my mind was focused on making new friends,… Read more

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