Category Archives: Tough Questions

Helping Those Who Suffer


My third teaching video, Helping Those Who Suffer, focus on how, on a personal level, to be alongside people who suffer. I am not dealing here with large-scale questions of how to rid the world of evil and suffering, even … Continue reading

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Relationship, Religion or Both?


(This was published as a guest editorial in Christian Courier, Jan. 28, 2013 issue, p.4.) As a young Christian, I grew up with the ever popular mantra that Christianity is not a religion but rather a personal relationship with God. … Continue reading

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Be Perfect?


(This post was originally published as an article in The Banner, Feb, 2010) Are you a perfectionist? Is your boss one? Perhaps you have a perfectionist parent or sibling? In any case, you probably know that perfectionists can be hard … Continue reading

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Religion and Science, Faith and Reason


(This blog post is adapted from my sermon at ClearView Christian Reformed Church, Oakville, Ontario on Oct. 28, 2012.) In our society’s popular mindset, religion and science are at war with each other. Often, people see faith as connected to … Continue reading

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Going to the Dogs?


I have been alerted to an interesting article: Jesus Was Not Colorblind: Racial Slurs and the Syrophoenician Woman. It’s a reflection based on Mark 7:24-37. The author, David R. Henson, suggests that “Jesus uttered a racial slur” towards the Gentile woman … Continue reading

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The Historicity of Jesus: Ancient Pagan Sources


In my previous post, I argued for the historicity of Jesus by examining the Jewish historian Josephus’ writings. In this post, I will look at pagan Greco-Roman authors as sources for the historical Jesus, drawing again from Robert E. Van … Continue reading

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Josephus on Jesus: Evidence for Jesus’ Existence?


As Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus during Good Friday and Easter, I want to briefly deal with the claims of skeptics that Jesus never existed as a real person and was a mythical fiction by the early … Continue reading

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