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Baby Beadle Day #7: Woke up this morning to the sound of my own bones creeping. Feeling too much like an older man today, but the strength was clearly not going to come from the coffee (even though I properly blessed it) but from somewhere else. You see, every morning for the first year of…
The common legal-framework view of salvation encourages people to understand it as mere acquittal, but there is much more to it than that.
First let’s consider what God saved us FROM. It’s certainly true that God saved us from … read more
As perhaps many of you know, human trafficking is one of the issues I am most passionate about, and have had the chance to study it extensively over several years, both in the United States and India as part of my doctoral research. My research has largely been a phenomenology in human trafficking aftercare modalities, which [Read More…]
One of the best books I’ve ever encountered on the topic of miracles is simply called Miracles, and is written by Craig Keener. A professor of New Testament Studies, Keener started his book as a footnote in another work on the book of Acts where he explained why he didn’t rule out the possibility that … Continue reading →
This post will probably make some of you mad, question my faith and say that I’m not a Christian. But I’ve never been one to shy away from controversial topics. Over the past few weeks, three undercover videos have been released by an pro-life group that show some of the darker details of abortion and Planned Parenthood. According to pro-life activists, these videos show doctors for Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of human organs. Supporters try to cast doubt on the videos by stating that those initially released are heavily edited and that due to their editing, the videos should be dismissed. Supporters also counter the argument that the videos are talking about recovering costs for the donation of human organs. Before I get too involved in the discussion of the ethical implications of deception used by both sides of the argument, I want to lay out a few ground rules. This is not a discussion of the ethics of abortion! Also, this is not a discussion on whether or not Planned Parenthood is selling human organs! What I am talking about in this article is the spin both sides put on the videos and whether or not the spin is ethical. […]
Baby Beadle Day #1: 7/14/15 Ladies and Gentlemen, born at 6pm today, at a whopping 3 pounds and 2 ounces, may I present to you Mr. Declan Thomas Beadle! What happened? Lauren suffered a mild seizure this morning and was fortunate to have gotten a call from a friend to wake her from her sleep. Not…
Difficult issues series The inerrancy of the Bible has become a divisive doctrine in recent years. Many churches and colleges, in the US in particular, treat this as a “make or break” doctrine, lecturers have been sacked for denying it, and accusations are made against those who hold a different view. At the same time, […]
I’m not going to lie, what I just read is the dumbest thing I’ve read in my life. I’m not trying to be overly or unnecessarily critical, either. It just really, truly, is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. I had to read it three times to make sure it wasn’t the Onion. Charisma Mag (I [Read More…]
This is the text of a sermon I gave at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City on Sunday June 28, two days before the Mennonite Church USA convention. I continue to look for ways that the Spirit is at work across … Continue reading →
My daughter came home from the last day of school with a package of books, crafts and papers. It was the culmination of projects, journals and art from the whole school year, as well as information about the summer and information about the next school year. It was fun to flip through the various pages seeing her progress and seeing her journalised reflections of the events in our lives over that time. But one sheet of paper jumped out at me. It was a print out of 25 photographs. At the centre was her teacher holding up a sign with the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” All around that were the images of my daughter and her 23 classmates holding up signs with their answers. There were future doctors, artists and hockey players, and in the midst of all of their lofty goals was my daughter holding up a sign that simply read “Waitress.” It stood out from the rest of the high paying, professionally certified, and socially prestigious positions so much that I wondered if it reflected poorly on my parenting. In her defence, there were a few other children whose signs could […]