Was Paul a Jihadist?


  I heard it a second time, "The apostle Paul was a jihadist."  He wasn't really though, was he? Before his conversion, Paul, then called Saul, persecuted Christians.  In his own words, he says that he persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond...

10 Keys to Writing a Great Exam Composition


Of course you want the highest mark possible on your exam composition. I’ve been marking the BC English 12 provincial exam for many years—more than 20, I think.  I just finished marking the composition for this year's exam and I decided to write about it while my thoughts are still...

Truth is a Fad


On a recent trip to downtown Vancouver, my wife and I popped into Christ Church Cathedral on the corner of Georgia and Burrard.  I find it hard to resist a cathedral and always try the doors to see if I can get a look inside.  The door was unlocked and a pleasant...

Are students prepared for university?


Education has changed.  I'm teaching differently.  Student's are learning differently. How well do the new approaches to learning and teaching prepare students for university? Back in the Day When I first started teaching Literature 12 there were provincial exams.  These were content focussed.  One of the purposes of the exam...

From the Pew: Reflections on the Reformation


Reflections on the Reformation in the Cathedrals  When I am in Europe, I worship with the Roman Catholics.  On a recent trip, my wife and I attended services in the cathedrals of three different cities–Salzburg, Vienna and Prague.  Because I speak neither German or Czech, I didn’t get much out of what was said in...

Carl Grimes, Hope and Merry Christmas


At the end of the mid-season finale of the 8th season AMC's The Walking Dead, Carl Grimes reveals that he's been bitten.  Fans are upset. 50,000 fans have signed a petition to remove showrunner Scott Gimple from the show. Why are they so upset? I think it's because children, Rick's...

Why Tolkien?


A few pastors from my church are very wise and godly men; they are literate and literary, discerning and spiritually intuitive--then we have those who hosted this past week’s Extra Podcast. I can forgive their derision of Star Wars fandom and can the ridiculous claim that Episodes I-III are terrible--evidenced by...

I couldn’t lose this one.


A few of my students were quite upset at the tone of the article we took up in class.  The subject was social media and the author wasn't very positive about some of the effects that continuous access to the internet and social media has on young people.  When I said...

Biblical Inerrancy: The Spoken Word or Revelation of God?


Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), I don't recall ever hearing the term "inerrancy," not from the pulpit, and not in catechism classes or at youth conferences.  At Calvin College, I stayed up many nights until 3 am discussing all sorts of theological issues, and I don't think...

Laptops in the Classroom


As a teacher with a classroom full of laptops, I had to read the article in my Twitter feed entitled--"Ban the Laptops, Yes."   This article by Mark Bauerlein cites a study that appeared in Education Next, under the title “Should Professors Ban Laptops?” which suggests that the implementation of classroom technologies, such...