Start Another ‘Jesus’ Conversation

Well, the back to school routine is in full swing for another year.  Did you ever wonder though how this routine of sending everyone to school came about?  The kids may not be happy to hear this, but we owe it all to Jesus!

Few stop to realize the world changing impact that Jesus had on our culture in so many areas, not the least of which is our cultural conviction that everyone is entitled to receive a proper education.  Unfortunately, many Christians have also forgotten Jesus’ intended purpose for the careful development of our minds.

Here is a short video that may stimulate some good discussion around your dinner table, or open a door for a meaningful conversation with someone who you would like to talk to about Jesus.

The New Tolerance

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
– G.K. Chesterton

On June 19, 2012 the Ontario legislature passed Bill 13 (the “anti-bullying” bill) into law, giving legal protection to the teaching and promotion of homosexuality and the newly defined concepts of gender and gender identity in Ontario schools. During open debate on the bill Cabinet Minister Glen Murray, after reading the section of the Catholic Catechism describing homosexuality as sin previously taught in Catholic schools declared: “I say to
you Bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore.’” With a single stroke of legislation, the government placed a gag order on Christian beliefs about human sexuality, and did so all in the name of ‘tolerance’.

Faye Sonier of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada observed the irony:

“It’s unfortunate that a bill declared to promote tolerance in schools has been turned into a club of intolerance with which to beat back the lawful and respectful expression of Catholic (i.e. Christian) beliefs.”[1]

How was such a feat accomplished? The short answer is by re-engineering social values through the careful redefinition of words. In this case it was through a redefinition of the word “tolerance”. Continue reading

Christmas Means What?

CHRISTMAS MEANS WHAT?

In a radio interview, CNN’s Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could pick one figure from history. “Jesus Christ”, he said. When asked what he would most like to ask him, King replied, “I would like to ask him if he was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”1 Continue reading

Ripley’s “Life Beyond Belief”…Or Not!

Bob Ripley - Life Beyond Belief

The ‘blogosphere’ is buzzing after Bob Ripley’s recent announcement that he has officially moved from the ranks of Christian ministers to convinced atheists. The majority of comment is coming from atheist, secular humanist and free-thinking quarters who celebrate this as yet another example of what inevitably happens when Christians really start ‘thinking’ about their faith.

With the characteristic tone of the New Atheists, (minus the vitriolic edge) Ripley provides an eleven chapter catalogue of his reasons for rejecting God in favour of atheism. He characterizes his move as a “journey from faith to reason.” (p. 28, 120) Using borrowed arguments from his new mentors; Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, Ripley embraces their supposed intellectual oasis of rationalism which rejects belief in God as nothing more than irrational ‘humbug’.

The difference for Ripley however is that his story is one of deconversion; of someone who walked with Christian conviction most of his life only to now reject it as false. I respect Ripley for shunning the hypocrisy of being remembered as a very public Christian leader without making equally public his decision to renounce his Christian convictions. However, what troubles me is how Ripley frames his deconversion as a move from “faith to reason”. What his book actually demonstrates is that he has simply exchanged one set of faith commitments for another. Continue reading

Religion Is An Evolutionary Crutch

Jesus CrutchSome university students recently shared a challenge to their faith thrown at them by an atheist friend.  The challenge went something like this: “Religion is just a crutch that evolution gave to help people cope with life in the world so they could survive…nothing more.” Continue reading

Our Greatest Apologetic: Love

Medium Is Message smallCanadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan was made famous for coining the phrase “the medium is the message”.  By it he identified the seemingly indivisible relationship in human communications between ‘messages’ (that which is expressed)

and ‘mediums’ (that by which messages are expressed).  Perhaps a novel idea in the 1960’s as electronic mass media was emerging, his notion was long before passed down through the wisdom of God’s Word. Continue reading