Christian themes

Christian Love in a Shoebox

Our local newspaper (The Abbotsford News) has reported that a local public school has decided to stop participating in the Operation Christmas Child program because of “religious concerns.” For those not familiar with the program, Operation Christmas Child is run by a Christian charity called Samaritan’s Purse. Participants pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene […]

Theological Liberals

I have been thinking about theological liberals. Those are the people who no longer believe the old verities. Instead, they often espouse a philosophy built on vague concepts, deliberately ambiguous statements, indistinct images, and unclear metaphors, or they believe that all roads lead to the same place, that several contradictory ideas might all be true. […]

After Christmas

Now that Christmas is over, we return to reality. Perhaps that explains why, once again this year, I became wearied with the trappings of Christmas—all the sappy sentimentality and silly pretense. Even the newspapers and television news programs—the supposed messengers of truth and reality in our society—blithely reported the myth of Santa Claus as if […]

A Darkness More Than Night

“You don’t go into the darkness without the darkness going into you,” Michael Connelly says in his novel, A Darkness More Than Night. It is one of the very interesting and highly successful murder mysteries Connelly has written. In this book and several other books, Connelly’s characters also talk about “lost light,” an unexpected and […]

I Went To See a Prophet II

Last week, I went to see a prophet again (see previous post from July 4, 2014). He is a retired pastor, now in a nursing home. His health is not good, but he told me how he talks to the other residents and the staff about God. He talked about the unexpected upside of his […]

Church Revivals

A while back, a former student wrote to ask me to elaborate on a comment I had made in a Church History class. What I had said in the class is that “No revival in church history has ever started in a church headquarters.” The evidence for this assertion is in one sense negative. I […]

Saving Hope

Saving Hope is a fascinating Canadian TV drama set in a hospital (Hope Zion in Toronto), which recently wrapped up its third season. The unique premise is that Dr. Charlie Harris has recovered and returned to work after having been in a coma for several months following an automobile accident. A lingering effect of the […]