• April 11, 2016

    What if we could improve the human body, rather than simply fix things that have broken? This is the motivating question for the so-called "body hacking" movement, also known as transhumanism. We have long since accepted the idea that we can use technology to repair and sustain our bodies — pacemakers to regulate heartbeats, artificial joints to enable movement, metal plates and rods to repair broken bones. What if we opened ourselves up to the possibility of other inventions?...

  • April 7, 2016

    By June 6 of this year, Canada will have a law allowing euthanasia. The reaction among Christians in both Canada and the United States has tended to be polarizing and fearmongering. Consider Wesley J. Smith’s article at First Things, entitled “Canada declares war on Christian doctors and nurses.” The law has not even been drafted yet. Smith is reacting to a special parliamentary committee’s recommendations on the new law...

  • April 7, 2016

    As parents, we must be sure to teach our children to respect what is important. Just as importantly, we must give them the opportunity to discern between the desires of the flesh (lust) and things that are valuable in the Kingdom. The New Living Translation says in Romans 7:5, “When we lived to please our bodies, those sinful desires were pulling at us all the time. We always wanted to do what the Law said not to do.

  • March 29, 2016

    We live in an age of discontent, impatience, and dissatisfaction. Turn or click on news about the political process in the United States and you might wonder how long this journey will be. As we have just come through the Lenten journey – days in the wilderness, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter – we may think we have “arrived,” but we have not. We are acutely aware of the tension of “already but not yet” in our journey with God. The same is true at Calvin Seminary...

  • March 28, 2016

    Every year during the rainy season, most of the slums in Phnom Penh are flooded with overflowing rivers and sewers. People literally live with a foot of dank black water in their home. They perch on wooden beds, continuing as if there weren't liquid feces floating around their feet. And there is a common denominator in terms of WHO is most severely impacted in all of this abominable weather: the poor and marginalized - our most vulnerable brothers and sisters...

  • March 24, 2016

    We were late to the church we were visiting after we’d made a wrong turn. While my husband took the children to children’s worship, I stood in the back of the sanctuary, singing hymns along with the congregation. And when the time came to greet each other, I moved to a row, shook hands with someone on the end, and asked, “Do you mind moving over? Then my husband can easily join me in a bit.” “No.” She shook her head soberly, “This is our seat. We like sitting here.” She gestured toward the center of the row.