Reflections on the Impending U.S. Election 2016

My mail-in ballot is sitting right in front of me, and I’ve decided not to vote. It’s been an interesting experience to be an American living just above the border in Canada, watching from a slight distance the debacle (that’s the best word I can think of) that is the U.S. Presidential election. People hereContinue reading “Reflections on the Impending U.S. Election 2016”

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Tullian’s Recent Resignation and the Mega-Church Pastor: Have We Learned Anything?

The story came out not too long ago, but news has spread that Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has resigned due to “moral failure.” He claims, in the article, that his wife had been involved in adultery, which led him to be involved in an “inappropriate” relationship himself. His wife seems toContinue reading “Tullian’s Recent Resignation and the Mega-Church Pastor: Have We Learned Anything?”

Celebrity Christianity and Modern Culture: 1 Corinthians 3 Applied Today

I’d be tempted to say “our culture today,” but it seems as if the ancients were not too different than us “moderns,” at least when it comes to socio-cultural issues. For instance, “our culture today” is obsessed with the celebrity culture. I mean obsessed. If you disagree, consider how much time most people spend on socialContinue reading “Celebrity Christianity and Modern Culture: 1 Corinthians 3 Applied Today”

“All Religions are Essentially the Same”: The Golden Rule and the Gospel

A current maxim of today’s post-post-modern culture is to say that “all religions are essentially the same.” What is usually meant by that statement is that, while many religions may differ in their particulars, they all essentially teach the same thing: love your neighbor as yourself. This is commonly called the Golden Rule, and is supposedContinue reading ““All Religions are Essentially the Same”: The Golden Rule and the Gospel”

Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories

In recent times, the construct of “religion vs relationship” has been widely and commonly accepted among evangelical Christians. A good example of this is the YouTube video by Jefferson Bethke that went completely viral about a year ago, called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” (this post isn’t about him, as he’s made clear of hisContinue reading “Religion vs Relationship: Revisiting an Unnecessary Bifurcation of Categories”

A Lesson on Leadership from LeBron

As a caveat, I am not a fan of LeBron James, nor the Miami Heat, and am still upset that they took the NBA championship last night in a blow-out against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But there was a point while I was watching the game where I saw a glimpse of LeBron’s inner worldContinue reading “A Lesson on Leadership from LeBron”

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 2): Some Important Clarifications

After publishing my previous post, I had some insightful discussions, including one with a good friend of mine who is particularly keen on the issues I addressed. These discussions resulted in my desire to clarify some statements I made and terms I used, which may not have accurately conveyed what I had originally intended. IContinue reading “Underground at my Undergrad (Part 2): Some Important Clarifications”

Underground at my Undergrad (Part 1): The LGBTQ club at Biola and a Word on Approaches

Last week, a bunch of flyers were seen on campus at my alma mater, Biola University, advertising an underground LGBTQ group (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; for those unaware), whose purpose is to “share our life struggles, as well as our love and support for one another” (see the full self-description here). For those of you who don’tContinue reading “Underground at my Undergrad (Part 1): The LGBTQ club at Biola and a Word on Approaches”