May 12, 2016

Photo credit: 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 baptised in the Holy Spirit. As someone who was baptised as an infant in the Catholic faith, I was utterly confused as to why I would need a second baptism. “Being baptised as an infant doesn’t count!” one friend of mine told me. “It is a public declaration and… 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

April 28, 2016

Photo credit: “If heaven is for clean people, it’s vacant.” – ‘Load Me Up’ by Matthew Good Band I remember when I was 21, I was going through a stressful time as a third-year apprentice carpenter. After I quit one construction job to start with a new company, my former boss withheld my paycheque and would continue to call my cell phone during the work hours to harass me for leaving him. My mind was in a constant clutter trying to… Read more

April 22, 2016

Image credit: Flickr “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13 RSV Last year I confessed to a Catholic priest for the first time since I was 11 years old. After spending my life as an Evangelical Protestant since I was 17, coming back into Catholicism in my 30’s was a new-old experience. There was a time when I had wrongfully convinced myself there was nothing I could wilfully do to… Read more

April 18, 2016

Photo credit: One of the things that makes my heart ache is how divided Christianity really is. In my own experience, I’ve seen the hostility go both ways. Leaving the Catholic faith initially in my teens was a heartbreaking experience for my relatives, and returning back to it felt like admitting to my Evangelical friends I was back in a relationship with an old ex-girlfriend. No matter which side of Christianity I chose to be on, there was always… 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

March 8, 2016

Image credit: Flickr I was a guitarist for several worship bands at a conservative Evangelical congregation in the past. My frustrations with band mates who were either very cliquey or seemingly half-hearted in their involvement provoked me to try and create my own spin on the songs. Oftentimes I would add some light distortion or come up with some kind of melodic lead riff to create a different feel for the songs. But sometimes my idea of what would sound good did not always align with what the band leaders had in… 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

Photo credit: Flickr 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… 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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