Tag Archives: Religion

Story-Making as Shalom-Making


(On October 24, 2015, I delivered this keynote address at the Christian Courier Story-maker’s Symposium, celebrating that Christian newspaper’s 70th anniversary. Give and take some spur of the moment revisions and minus introductory remarks and the power point slides, this … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Controversy


It has been a while since I last blogged due to a variety of reasons. But nothing like a little controversy to stir up the blogging urge! Last week, news broke all through the Canadian media of a religious accommodation … Continue reading

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Is Your Church Extroverted?


I was alerted to this blog containing an infographic on The Extroverted Church (reproduced below with permission). It’s an interesting piece and worth pondering about. It connects with a chat I had recently with a student who voiced her discomfort at … 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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Victory through Sacrifice


A while ago, my wife noticed a bumper sticker on a car that read: “I’m the Christian the Devil and the liberal media warned you about!” Now this bumper sticker is obviously aimed at non-Christians. Even as a joke, as … 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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Why Jesus Loves Relationships AND Religion Too


As I write this, the viral youtube video by Jefferson Bethke, “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus,” also titled as “Jesus > Religion,” has garnered over 12 million views since it was uploaded six days ago. It has set … Continue reading

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