I came across this article recently. It struck me while I read it (and it's worth a read for all who are seeking to be cultural exegetes) that, for the Christian, the answer to the primary question of the article —"Something is stopping us from creating the families we claim to desire. But what?"—is stunningly simple: removing Yahweh from the equation.
At the end of the last football season, the coach of a professional football team used a word to describe the state of his team after it had just been eliminated from the playoffs. (Yes, we’re talking about playoffs, Mr. Mora.) Talking about the inevitable disappointment that comes from such a loss, he said that it had been tough, but we’re a...here it comes...family.
If you haven't seen the 1999 movie Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, take some time and go watch it. Soon. It's a fascinating and heartbreaking look at the life of a truly unique comedian.
(This began life as a Facebook post. Here it’s expanded upon and linked where appropriate.)
There has been (rightly) much discussion on the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs grant “kerfuffle” (Mr. Prime Minister, if you’re listening, it’s a whole lot more than a kerfuffle, and deservedly so).
God is the ruler of the whole universe. This is a basic Christian teaching. Yet Christians often live in situations on Earth where the culture values things that God doesn't. In extreme cases, Christian living and teaching is illegal. For us who live in 21st-century Canada, Christian living isn't (necessarily) illegal. It's just mostly deeply frowned-upon.
Last year I was privileged to be able to write for my church’s national magazine. I wrote a piece called “Driven from Distraction” which used the legend of Narcissus to discuss the relationship of technology to faith.
Since I wrote it for them, I won’t re-create it here. I’ll just link it. I would appreciate it if you read and engage with it.