Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cohen’s Hallelujah


This is unrelated to my theology stuff but something fun for a change. Somehow today I have this song stuck in my head. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s not overtly religious despite the chorus. But it always … Continue reading

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Reading The Bible As Literature


(This was originally published in The Banner, February 11, 2001, pp. 24-26. This version is my original version prior to editorial revisions.) While preparing to write this article, I started to read a book on the literature of the Bible. … Continue reading

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Beware of Spiritual Abuse


Spiritual abuse? What’s that? Is there such a thing? David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen, authors of The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Bethany House Publishers, 1991), say there is. In the book, the authors define spiritual abuse as “the mistreatment … Continue reading

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A Christian Four-Eyed Perspective on the Environment


(This is an Expanded Version of a Speech Delivered at the Faces of Faith Inter-Faith Council Day Forum “Perspectives on the Environment”, January 30, 2008 at York University.) When I was a little kid, some of my schoolmates would tease … Continue reading

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Bible, Church and Disability


(This was originally written for the Disability Concerns Newsletter.) Rev. Mark Stephenson, Director of Disability Concerns for the CRCNA, [Christian Reformed Church in North America] led an excellent workshop at the Spring 2009 Disabilities Conference on “The Biblical Basis for … Continue reading

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The Calling of a Christian Student


(This article was originally published in The Banner, October 2002, pp. 36-38.) “Your career begins here!” so goes the slogan of a Canadian university in St. Catherines, Ontario. Most North American universities are pushing the same message. Our culture sees … Continue reading

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The Trinity: Unbiblical and Irrelevant?


(This article was originally published in The Banner, February 11, 2002, pp. 24-26.) “What is the Trinity? And what is its significance?” a student asked me. Perhaps, you have asked this question too at one time or another in your … Continue reading

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