The new year has started—it’s February, guys—and yet I can’t get Christmas off my mind. Perhaps it’s the monochrome frozen landscape around me, but I yearn for brightly coloured twinkling lights and warm, turkey dinners under a star-lit sky. If there’s one story to cross my mind during the Christmas season, it’s the nativity story.… Read More What Is Your Christmas Star?
Waking up this morning to the sound of my phone alarm, I picked up my phone and scrolled through Facebook. This is a habit that I’ve been trying to kick, but old habits certainly die hard. Since fasting from social media last year during Lent, I’ve felt transformed in how I want to use social… Read More Transformed Heart: A Commentary On Nicole Cliffe’s Article
One of the biggest critiques I’ve heard about Christians is that they don’t like the church. Why? Because the Christians they’ve met are closed-minded, judgemental, and non-inclusive. And you know what? It’s true. It’s not even a comment made by only non-Christians. It’s an observation made by other Christians (and other church-goers), who have left… Read More When Christians Aren’t Very “Christian”
Many of us Christians have heard the words “read your Bible”. Without knowing the Bible, we are more likely to allow ourselves to follow unbiblical teachings because we will lack discernment necessary to distinguish truth from lie. And if that’s not enough, we won’t be able to respond to criticism against our faith on a daily… Read More When Reading Your Bible Is Hard
Since its release in 1994, most of us have seen the Disney Hamlet adaptation, and cinematic masterpiece otherwise known as The Lion King. Disney has shaped me, like many others, throughout my childhood. But there is undisputedly only one scene which broke my heart first, before all others. I think most of us know which… Read More 6 Things That I Learned From The Lion King
While in the car with my family this summer, the song One Call Away by Charlie Puth started playing on the radio. I didn’t think much of it, other than that I liked the song, I liked the singer (high five to those who remember Charlie singing covers on Youtube) and I liked the love… Read More “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth Shows God’s Love, Too
In a society where people are at war with each other across continents as well as across the street, I’m used to finding myself stay silent in debate. This can be a good thing. People can’t tell you that you’re wrong if you don’t say anything. Bringing up your opinions can evoke some hostile (or… Read More Is Staying Silent Christ-Like?
The Christian community is great. It’s with other Christians that I’m in one of those very few places where I can openly praise Jesus with other people without feeling judged, have active prayer, and recharge for the week ahead. But what I feel like isn’t talked about enough is denominational prejudice. Let me give you… Read More Denominational Prejudice Is Hurting Our Relationships
People in general long for companionship and love. Companies capitalize on this with their advertisements – buy these clothes to be liked, buy this perfume/cologne to grab someone’s attention, eat this food and you’ll be admired. On a deeper level, we’re conditioned to believe that unless we follow the party line, we won’t be loved… Read More You don’t need to be liked.
At the end of May, I was running a weekend-long Young Adults Retreat in the pines for Christians 18-30 years old. Between icebreakers and eating s’mores around a campfire, the lot of us attended workshops of our choice. One of the workshops I had arranged was about Mental Health and how to function, and this… Read More You don’t have to function at 100%: Let’s Look At Jesus