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In Pursuit of a Good Conversation

A good conversation tends to narrow the gap between positions; a bad conversation tends to widen it. Given that Christians are called to be peacemakers, we ought to aspire to good and godly conversation. Towards that end, I offer the following 7 suggestions. Keep reading...

How the Book of Job Makes Us Better Friends And Better Christians

One of the reasons that the Book of Job is in the Bible (not the primary reason, but an important reason nonetheless) is to explore the question of how we should relate to friends and loved ones who are hurting. The first two chapters of the Book of Job provide the narrative detail that serves as the context for the rest of the discussion that follows. Keep reading...

The Right Side of History

I was in a church service once, about 25 years ago now, when an old German man rose up from the congregation and asked if he could give a word of testimony. He began to speak and shortly thereafter he began to sob. He said that he had known, as so many others had known, that something sinister, something evil, something terribly and entirely inhumane was happening to the thousands and millions of Jews being rounded up into concentration camps throughout Nazi Germany. We didn’t have evidence, he…

Jesus: The Best a Man Can Get

The Gillette commercial on toxic masculinity has created a mini-controversy out there in Social Media world. Some people think it’s good to challenge men to call out sexism and bullying, others think it is unhelpful to stereotype all men as misogynistic and callous. What is missing from the conversation by and large is any sort of practical model for positive masculinity. To be clear, I believe that women are AWESOME, EQUAL and DIFFERENT. Correspondingly, I believe that men are AWESOME, EQUAL…

Why We Let the Little Ones Go from the Service

There has been a lot of talk recently about bringing the children back into the worship service. While I think it is very helpful for children to see mom and dad worshipping and it can make the transition easier if the little ones learn the same songs as the grown ups, when it comes to the teaching time we release kids 10 and under to age appropriate programs downstairs. We do it for the following reasons: Keep reading..

Should Pastors Be Paid?

Due to the massive abuses of the Televangelists in the 1980s and the gross extravagances of the Prosperity Preachers in the present day, it has become almost impossible to have a biblical conversation about ministry, money and vocation. The New Testament however has a great deal to say on the topic. Jesus told his disciples: You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the…

Wicked and Wayward Shepherds: A Travellers Guide for Sheep

On Thursday of last week, I wrote an article called “3 Types of Pastor Mentioned in the Bible”. The article described the wicked pastor, the wayward pastor and the wise pastor. In this second article, I intend to address a very important follow up question: how can the average person protect themselves from wicked and wayward pastors? Three suggestions come immediately to mind. Keep reading...

3 Types of Pastor Mentioned in the Bible

In our increasingly tribal and polarized world, we tend to sort all pastors into two contrasting categories: the heroic and the heretical, but the Bible seems to take a broader and more comprehensive view. There are at least three distinct types of pastor mentioned in the pages of the New Testament. Keep reading...

Is It a Sin to Smoke Pot?

On October 17th 2018 it became legal to smoke pot across all 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada. Some slight variations remain with respect to age limits and retail options, but in general it is now legal to smoke marijuana wherever it is legal to smoke tobacco and the purchasing age mirrors the legal age for purchasing alcohol. That means that in Ontario a 19 year old can purchase marijuana, can carry up to 30 grams in public and can own up to four plants for the purposes of cultivation…

Reading The Bible Fast And Slow In 2019

One of the most transformative things I ever did was read through the entire Book of Genesis – slowly – with the help of several commentaries back in 2003. I’d never done that before. I had read commentaries before for school and I had read through the whole Bible, but I had never intentionally chosen a book of the Bible for intense study and meditation over the course of an entire year – and it turned out to be one of the most spiritually affecting experiences that I’ve ever had. Keep…

Sharing The Gospel – In 3 Minutes Or Less

I recently asked a room full of Christian leaders to share the Gospel as they would to a 10 year old child 3 minutes before they fell asleep. Then I asked them to share the Gospel as they would to a complete stranger on the subway who was getting off at the next stop. The results were a little disappointing to everyone involved. Most of us prefer to warm up to such things. Most of us would rather share the Gospel gradually, in snips and bits, over an extended period, within a safe and stable…

What Is Double Causality?

First Chronicles 21:1 provides a classic illustration of double causality. It says, “Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.” (1 Chronicles 21:1–2 ESV) Who incited David to number Israel? Satan. Seems simple enough. But what about 2 Samuel 24:1? It says: Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he…