Spiritual Battles

The Syrian Refugee Crisis – A Christian Dilemma?

Matthew 5:9
Back in the 1980's we lived in a neighborhood of respectable lower middle class homes in north-east Toronto. Semi-detached and row housing, low-rent apartments and the like. Our row house backed onto a public school property with an adjacent park and a walking trail. Serenity in the suburbs. Every morning I would walk to the bus stop at...

Faith Abounds in a Fallen World

As individual human beings, each of us has the free will to believe that there is a God or that we're alone in an indifferent universe. Regardless of what we profess publicly, none of us can know with absolute certainty that there is no God. We might be convinced that there is no hard evidence that God exists, or...

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” the idea being that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if that something is just air. In more modern times we've observed that this is also true on a different level. For example, if you go down to the farm and fire up your Dyson...

So How Does That Make You Feel?

1 John 4:8
Feelings, nothing more than feelings... so went the lyrics of the one-hit wonder written by Louis Gasté and recorded by Morris Albert in 1974. A huge hit at the time, the song went on to gain a reputation as the ultimate example of cheesy, banal 1970's soft rock. But the opening words of that song heralded a new era that was to develop in popular entertainment...

Drop God – Keep the Church

1 Timothy 4:1
There was a syndicated news article by Colin Perkel last week with the headline, "Atheist minister wants to keep church job". The story is about a United Church minister, the "Reverend" Gretta Vosper, who has declared that she believes in neither God nor the Bible. Of course, that's her right as a free-willed individual, but...

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