October 24, 2016

Image credit: pixabay.com I am probably one of the most informal persons I know. Growing up in a religious home, it was always the norm to dress up in my Sunday best for church. While most days I highly dreaded looking all dapper, I realized the importance of looking presentable in public – whether it may be at church, at school, at special events or even on a date with a significant other. I was raised with the mindset that I do not… Read more

October 13, 2016

Image credit: Flickr I’m Canadian. Our federal and provincial governments operate on a very different formula than those of our American neighbours. Our political systems are far from perfect, and there will always be room for more improvement as time and generations pass by. Last year we had both our federal and provincial elections within months apart from each other. The floodgates of unprincipled passion, uninformed opinions, ad hominem rhetoric and wax intelligence spewed like an angry volcano on social media. The constant… Read more

September 29, 2016

During my junior high school years, I was often the target of excessive bullying and harassment. As someone born in the 80’s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear homophobic slurs tossed around among my peers at school. Whether or not they were done jokingly, I’ll admit I have been guilty of partaking in the abhorrent language myself. But there was something utterly humiliating about being called these names, as though to imply my worthlessness as a human being. Some days, the constant teasing and name-calling… Read more

August 29, 2016

Image credit: Flickr Last year I lost my father-in-law to terminal esophageal cancer. He had been having difficulties swallowing food in the fall of 2014. As ingesting food gradually became more and more difficult, he was admitted into the hospital in February 2015 and promptly received the endoscopy he had been scheduled for on a later date. At first glance, the doctors immediately determined the tumour in his throat was cancerous. Long story short, after several complications with in-hospital treatment, he passed… Read more

August 9, 2016

Image credit: Flickr When I was 17, I attended a youth bible retreat in the first weekend of my grade 12 year. A charismatic guest preacher and I found ourselves discussing hard rock and heavy metal music in the dining hall. After explaining to him that I was an avid fan of KoRn and Slipknot he exclaimed to me, “If you’re looking for an awesome Christian alternative to those bands, you need to check out Toby Mac! He’s pretty heavy and he’s… Read more

June 27, 2016

Image credit: pixabay.com I have friends who have told me stories about some dangerous encounters they’ve had with strangers. Many women I know have been approached in public by intimidating men who would give them unwanted attention, even to go as far as trying to manipulate them into doing what they want against their will. In many of these instances, ignoring them is not always an effective tactic in drawing these bozos away. So another option would be to lie to them that… 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: PxHere.com 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: freeimages.com “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

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