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Religious Foundations of Bill C-4

When I read the latest version of Bill C-4, I was not only surprised that the Bill passed unanimously in the House, but also that the Bill was explicitly religious. Bill C-4 aims to ban the practice of conversion therapy. You might then expect that a Bill like this would address issues of religious liberty. What you might not expect is how the Bill is framed in religious terms. Parliament Gets Religion? In the Preamble of the Bill, we are introduced to its religious perspective: Whereas conversion therapy causes harm to society because, among other things, it is based on...

Empathize But Don’t Over Emphasize When It Comes To Race

I write this not as an anthropologist, a sociologist, a philosopher or a politician. I write this as a white father to a black teenage girl. My middle daughter came to our home when she was just 3 months old. Her biological mother made a difficult but brave decision, the end result of which was a new addition to our family in the form of the most beautiful, expressive and delightful baby girl you could ever imagine. Her stay with us was originally supposed to be short term, but as Providence would have it, when she was about 18 months...

Do not Be Conformed to Virus Culture

The Gospel of Jesus Christ sums up the centre of Christianity. Our unity around the Gospel transcends all terrestrial loyalties. And yet I wonder if we have allowed patterns of thinking to influence our minds that do not match our confession of the Gospel. Has our virus culture made us less in touch with what unites us? I think it might have in at least three ways.  First, we divide over our vaccine status The Gospel not only reconciles us to God it also transforms human relationships. Since Jesus humbled himself out of love for humanity, we must then “Do...

A Word to American Christians from a Pastor in Canada

I am an American. For the past eight years, I have pastored in Canada. But I was born in Arizona and raised in the Midwest. I was a founding member of a Chicago church plant. I spent six years pastoring in Wheaton, IL and five years pastoring in East Texas. I married a girl from San Diego. We adopted two children from Houston and gave birth to our other three in the US of A. I am an American. Prior to moving here, I viewed Canada primarily as a harbinger of where Left-leaning politicians wanted to take America. It was...

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