June 17, 2018

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t already seen the film, stop reading right now and go watch it! Otherwise, read at your own discretion… (more…) Read more

June 3, 2018

Photo credit: pixabay.com “For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10 RSV I have very fond memories of wandering down the aisles of Christian bookstores. When I was in high school I used to head uptown and browse through the shelves of music and books during my lunch break. But as much as… Read more

May 11, 2018

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons I understand that some of my readers are probably not into the same music I enjoy. Rock and heavy metal aren’t everybody’s cup of coffee, and that’s totally fine with me. But given that my articles usually revolve around issues of morality, theology and politics, I think it’s time for me to break it up a little bit and talk about something different. I’ve written previous articles about my critique of the Christian music industry and how… Read more

April 17, 2018

Photo credit: pixabay.com **CONTENT WARNING: COARSE LANGUAGE** In what seems to be an online era of political reform and social justice, the use of language and symbolism is as powerful of a tool to build bridges as it is a means to wreak havoc. For example, the word ‘tranny’ was originally a slang term for a vehicle’s transmission, but evolved to become a derogatory term for a transvestite or someone who suffers gender dysphoria. If one were to open a… Read more

April 4, 2018

Photo credit: freeimages.com “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25 RSV As a teenager who had been raised Catholic, one of the things that first drew me to Evangelicalism was how laid back it seemed – especially with the contemporary worship music as well as how the youth pastors prayed to Jesus as though he was talking to a longtime BFF. These non-traditional approaches to… Read more

February 15, 2018

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19 NRSV Last year, a dear friend of mine passed away after losing her battle with cancer, and her funeral happened to land on Ash Wednesday – the first day of the season of Lent. Prior to this I knew it was going to be a busy… Read more

January 24, 2018

Photo credit: Wikipedia “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their world, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – John 17:20-21 RSV There’s an area in my city called Church Street where there are at least ten different church denominations within a span of… Read more

January 18, 2018

Photo credit: Flickr “To learn who rules over you, simply learn who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire 1 ***CONTENT WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES*** I have always understood members of the LGBTQ community have endured hostile and unjust treatment throughout history. I grew up in an era when it was common for kids in school to name-call using homophobic slurs. To be called such things was some of the most humiliating and dehumanizing ways to make people feel inferior. Although… Read more

January 10, 2018

Image credit: Flickr SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t already seen the film, stop reading right now and go watch it! Otherwise, read at your own discretion… (more…) Read more

January 1, 2018

Photo credit: plusarquitectura.info “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” – Revelation 12:1 RSV In an age that is so far removed from when the Gospels were written, it is quite difficult to wrap our minds around the possibility of witnessing a dramatic event considered to be supernatural or miraculous. For those of us who identify as Christians, it’s easy… Read more

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