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Sep
26
2016

In a marriage there are good arguments and bad arguments. Some arguments are both necessary and helpful. An argument that settles an issue that has been an on-going source of tension is a good argument. If you’ve been arguing year after year about the post-Christmas VISA bill then an argument that resolves how much you’re going to spend on holiday gifts is a good argument. Likewise if you’ve been feeling slighted by the amount of attention that your spouse gives to his mother and the amount of...keep reading»»


Sep
22
2016

On a recent broadcast of Premier Radio Tony Campolo announced that he no longer wishes to be known as an Evangelical Christian. The announcement was greeted with more sadness than surprise. Tony has been travelling on this particular trajectory for years. Back in the 1990’s Tony was a frequent speaker at youth and young adult retreats across North America.  I’ve heard Tony live numerous times and even as a young man with limited Biblical discernment, it seemed to me that...keep reading»»


Sep
16
2016

There have been a number of articles written recently celebrating the child free life. Some of the arguments are reasonable, a few are incoherent and a couple are jaw droppingly self indulgent. I wrote a few thoughts in response which you can find here.keep reading»»


Sep
05
2016

We’ve all heard the joke: “Evangelicals worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Bible”.  The joke is meant to caution us against a ‘too high’ view of Scripture; I think in its best iterations the joke is meant to remind us that we read the Bible not as an end unto itself but rather as a way of seeing and savouring Christ.  After all, it is possible to read the Bible reverently and yet to miss the point entirely.  Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in his day...keep reading»»


Aug
20
2016

The more I learn about life here on earth the more I long to know about heaven. I suppose it is possible to think too much about the world to come, but I suspect that the greater danger is thinking too little. In the Bible it appears that right thinking about the future is connected to right living in the present. With that in mind, I offer these four thoughts about things we do now that we won't do in heaven. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Aug
20
2016

It is very fashionable nowadays to be suspicious about the benefits of attending a Christian conference.  Aren’t these events really about creating Evangelical celebrities?  Aren’t they unrealistic and even unhelpful?  Don’t they necessarily water down the Gospel in order to bring in a higher number of attendees?  Wouldn’t we all be more edified by spending a week in the desert with our Greek Bibles and a backpack full of communion wafers?   As appealing as that...keep reading»»


Aug
12
2016

Every so often when discussing Scripture with a friend you find yourself dealing with a defeater verse. A defeater verse is a verse that is granted almost mythical authority by the person wielding it.  “If this verse means what I think it means then nothing you say can move me from my position”.  The most famous defeater verse of this sort would be some version of Deuteronomy 22:11:  "You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together." (Deuteronomy 22:11...keep reading»»


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