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Hermenegild: The Story of an Unfamiliar Martyr

In 579 Hermenegild son of King Leuvigild of Spain rebelled against his father and set up his own kingdom in the south, centred on the city of Seville. Hermenegild had just converted from Arianism to Nicene Christianity; his father however remained Arian. Leuvigild was displeased by his son’s conversion, for political reasons as much as for religious ones: his Arianism made him in a religious sense the enemy of the neighbouring Nicene kingdoms (Francia, Galicia and the Eastern Empire). This difference of creed did not usually prevent him from making agreements and alliances with these Nicene neighbours, but it did...

Bill C-6 and Religious Freedom

Pastors and churches cannot give close attention to every new piece of legislation that is before Parliament nor engage with every public justice issue confronting our nation. After all, we want to keep our eye on the ball with evangelism and discipleship. That is our great passion and central calling. However, I believe Bill C-6 merits our special attention and concern. It is probably the first federal bill that could (if passed) criminalize teaching certain aspects of biblical truth and place faithful pastors, counsellors, and Christian parents at risk of prosecution. Bill C-6 may well have escaped your notice in...

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

In his recent book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman describes how we have entered into a world in which society understands and generally accepts the notion that a biological male may self-identify as a woman. Even fifty years ago, people generally assumed that a person’s biological makeup defined their sex. The notion that a person could individually express a deep, internal sexual identity regardless of one’s biological makeup was not an available idea within the social imaginary of earlier generations.  Certainly, sexual boundaries had been crossed and precursor ideas existed, but that society would understand—simply...

Should Christian Artists Promote Their Art?

A Christian musician writes and performs a new song and posts it on YouTube. A blogger uploads a short piece about the Christian perspective on raising a family. A writer self-publishes a children’s book about faith and prayer. How do these Christian creators get their work into the hands of people who can benefit from their efforts? Do-it-yourself publicity has never been easier with free platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. However, our present age of obnoxious selfies and kitschy self-promotion campaigns have made it difficult for Christian artists, musicians, and writers to promote their work without coming across as...

A Christmas Poem

The Promised Messiah (Isaiah 9, 11) The prophets had foretold of it— The promised child to come, The mighty God from heaven’s heights, the Father’s only Son, The Prince of Peace and Counsellor, Who wields the Shepherd’s rod, The everlasting father King, Who bears the name of God. With wisdom great and shoulders strong, The government he’ll bear, The wicked he will strike and crush, But poor ones tend with care. He’ll judge not with the eyes of men, Nor turn a biased ear, But rule in godly righteousness, And drive out strife and fear. Then wolf shall lie with...

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