Category Archives: Faith

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Are All Welcome?

Being convinced that the Biblical intent for sexual behavior is loving fidelity within marriage and celibacy outside marriage, we intend to pursue a clear statement of policy on the part of the United Church of Canada declaring the unsuitability of self-declared practicing homosexual persons for

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By Our Fruits

There is an old story where a priest tells a young boy, “I’ll give you an orange if you can tell me where God is.” To which the wise child responds, “I’ll give you TWO oranges if you can tell me where God is NOT.”

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

The Joy of Letting Go

When I was a student at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and serving as pastor at Beaverdam Baptist Church, I went through a severe spiritual crisis of doubting that I was “saved.” I had gone to hear a well-known evangelist preach in a revival in

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The Labyrinth: A Journey Into Silence

Friday afternoon sunlight streams through the stained glass windows of the cathedral’s Parish Hall. The rustling of the trees outside the windows makes the shadows of color dance on the large canvas that covers the floor. Printed on the canvas is a life-size replica of

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Clean on the Inside

Outside a picturesque village in the countryside stands a very beautiful, old gothic chapel, high up on the hill above the village. It has beautiful stained glass windows and adds an air of tranquility and peace to the area around the small village. It can

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Free at Last

If I were to describe my childhood in one word, it would have to be dysfunctional. I was literally the product of adultery. At the time my parents met they were both married and had families of their own. Shortly after, they “fell in love”

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

Same-Sex Marriage: Rights and Wrongs

It has become clear to me that to argue against same-sex civil marriage rights on the basis of religious belief is to argue that civil marriage rights equal sacramental marriage. Certainly there are those who are legally married who are not sacramentally married in the