Remembrance Day Reflection 2018

Remembrance Day is fast approaching. A time to remember, mourn, hope and imagine. Recently, a cartoon appeared in my Facebook feed which I have been thinking about. In it, it depicted a boy and his mother, with the boy wondering why they had to wear poppies, the mother patiently explaining its history of war andContinue reading “Remembrance Day Reflection 2018”

How It Feels Not To Be In School: On Dealing with Resentment, Cynicism, and Aging

“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young”–Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling This quote has been going through my head a lot of late. I am by no means an oldContinue reading “How It Feels Not To Be In School: On Dealing with Resentment, Cynicism, and Aging”

What Is Mastery?

Warning: spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi follow  The Last Jedi has been one of the more polarizing Star Wars films, which is saying something for a franchise marked with polarized fans. One of the complaints seems to focus on the choices made around the characterization of Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker isContinue reading “What Is Mastery?”

Reasons Why I Loved The Last Jedi

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Last Jedi, so read with discretion.  Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi  is arguably one of the most divisive Star Wars films of recent times–and given the prequels, that’s saying something. Personally, I really liked the new Star Wars film, and since so many of the reviewsContinue reading “Reasons Why I Loved The Last Jedi”

Thanksgiving 2017 Reflection

Canadian Thanksgiving occurred this past weekend and I thought I’d take the time to list what I am thankful for. This list will by no means be exhaustive: My friends My family My faith The diversity of creation The good hearted people in this world Nature Fiction Communities of faith The love I have knownContinue reading “Thanksgiving 2017 Reflection”

The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: What Should We Celebrate?

This was originally posted on my personal Facebook page in response to a meme shared by the Memes of Jesus Facebook page which I had seen doing the rounds. It is a picture of reformer Martin Luther facing Catholic priest with the caption: “No, the door was fine. I’m just fixing your theology”. The 500thContinue reading “The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: What Should We Celebrate?”

Lessons of Love From Harry Potter

“There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there.”Continue reading “Lessons of Love From Harry Potter”

What Should I Aim For?

“I’ve been reading books of old The legends and the myths Achilles and his gold Hercules and his gifts Spiderman’s control And Batman with his fists And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list But she said where’d you wanna go? How much you wanna risk? I’m not looking for somebody With some superhumanContinue reading “What Should I Aim For?”

The Value of a Nuisance

When I was in my third year of university, I read the Bible cover to cover in two weeks. This is what caused me, finally, to become Christian. One of the things I noticed immediately was that there were some subtle differences between Paul and Christ that I found objectionable. I have since come toContinue reading “The Value of a Nuisance”

On Accepting My Goodness

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the concept of being a good man (or woman, or person, but man being my experience it was helpful to think in those terms). Specifically, I imagined a scenario where somebody said, “You’re a good man” and what my response would be if it was a context appropriate for aContinue reading “On Accepting My Goodness”