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Pressure to Conform

In North American society, and particularly in Canada, Christians have come under increasing pressure to conform to mainstream social norms. Governments, courts, educational institutions, and the media have pushed Christians to change their positions and practices on variety of issues, including homosexuality, sexual morality, abortion, assisted suicide, the authority of the Bible, and their belief […]

A Black Day for Human Rights in Canada

Friday, June 15, 2018 was a black day for human rights in Canada. On that day, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that provincial law societies can refuse to accredit graduates of a law school proposed by Trinity Western University, an evangelical Christian university. In practice, it means that TWU will not be allowed to train lawyers. […]

Guardians of the Dead

They hurried to tell the news, a tale of light and power and life, to unbelieving believers hardly daring to hope, the well-known story told by women to fishermen.   Others also reported the news, with less haste and eagerness, a tale of lightning and shaking and fear, to believing unbelievers, the lesser known story […]

Away from the Puck

He is a young, professional hockey player, highly valued for his ability to score goals. For this reason, he has the potential to have a long and successful career as a professional athlete. He can be a star. But this season the coach has been constantly pressuring him to put more focus on how he […]

Homegrown Penicillin

For the past several years, I have been part of the natural homegrown penicillin movement. Scientists officially identified penicillin in the 1920s. However, people have known for a long time that naturally occurring substances such as bread mould will attack and kill the harmful bacteria that cause many human illnesses and infections. For instance, Wikipedia […]

The Politics of Hate

Barry Neufeld is a school board trustee in Chilliwack, just east of Abbotsford where I live. He has recently gained notoriety for his stated opposition to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) guidelines issued by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. These guidelines are not part of the school curriculum but are intended to guide […]

Racism and the Gerald Stanley Jury

Put yourself in the place of the jurors in the Gerald Stanley trial. (Stanley is the Saskatchewan farmer who shot Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man who was on Stanley’s property.) Out of a sense of civic duty, you agree to spend weeks away from your family and your regular job in order to sit […]