Some Thoughts on Punching Nazis

I need to make two things clear at the start of this blog post. First, I am a pacifist. I believe absolutely and without reservation that for me as a Christian, it is against God's will to ever use violence against another person. More broadly, I believe conflicts in general are better resolved, and oppression …

Because of My Religion…

I think I was probably about nine years old the first time I asked to be exempted from something for religious reasons. Like most Seventh-day Adventist kids, I was taught early how to do this: to say respectfully, "I'm sorry, I can't do that because it's on Saturday. I'm a Seventh-day Adventist, and we observe …

All Will Be Well

This is the song I've been listening to over and over all week (since discovering it on the soundtrack of a Parks and Recreation episode). Julian of Norwich, that odd medieval mystic, famously said "All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well." And this is a …

Time Lord of Gallifrey, Now in Flesh Appearing … (a Christmas post)

If you've never watched Doctor Who, this blog post may seem a little obscure, but stay with me, because there's a serious point in here somewhere about the Incarnation. Every Christmas along with wrapping gifts, I try to wrap my mind around the mystery of the Incarnation -- this thing we Christians are actually celebrating …

Certainty

A Facebook friend shared this on her wall the other day, and I find in looking around the web that it's a favourite quote by that crusty old atheist Bertrand Russell (although it's possible that the more accurate form of the quote is: "The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the …

Goodbye, 2013

Dear 2013, To me you will always be the year my mom passed away, so your unlucky "13" designation is well earned. I won't be able to think of you without a little pain, whenever I look back. You were also the year my friend Linda died, and my dear Aunt Gertie got weaker and …