Category: Christ and Culture


Zombies and the Resurrection of the Dead


Some people refer to Easter as “Zombie Jesus Day.”  I’m guessing they are being provocative or trying impress their like-minded friends.  Perhaps it is because of this attitude that Christian writer Eric Metaxas has taken the position that zombies are a parody of the resurrection of the dead.  I think...

Why Christians Ought to Be Royalists


Last week my school received a visit from the Honourable Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The lieutenant governor the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in BC.  The visit followed the expected protocols--teachers dressed formally; Her Honour was accompanied by an Aide-de-Camp in full RCMP dress uniform; she entered the assembly in a processional...

Man was not made for Time, but time for man?


Understanding Worldview (2) What can you spend, save and waste? I asked my students this question and the answer is about 50/50--money and time. You'd expect people to say money, because that's the right answer.  In what way is time anything like money?   They are not alike at all, but we...

The Godless French?


I recently heard a pastor refer to France as a spiritual wasteland, and this wasn’t the first time I had heard this. Twenty-one of our students went to France this past spring break and I asked them if they found this to be true. They agreed that French culture is...

Commercial Calendar is Changing Our Identity


It's the first Sunday of Advent and I hope we are going to light the candles again this year. There is something cool about doing something that has its origins in the Middle Ages. I recently re-read Desiring the Kingdom by Calvin philosophy professor, James K. A. Smith. In it...

“Maybe Jesus was a vampire?”


Are there vampires in the Bible? A few of the characters on HBO's True Blood suggest there are. Lazarus, Cain and Eve are presented as possibilities, but then the dim-witted Jason Stackhouse hypothesizes, "Maybe Jesus was the first vampire?" Jason's evidence for this assertion is that Jesus rose from the...

Legalize Hit Men?


I was observing an English class at my school as they read the recent post by Betsy Childs entitled "Why We Should Legalize Murder for Hire."  Some were horrified at first at the suggestion that "hit men [could] provide a valuable service to society" by helping women deal with "unwanted...

Christian Modernism? Modern Christianism?


We just can't escape the modern worldview.  The term "worldview" is itself a product of the modern worldview. The modern worldview sees the world in terms of clear boundaries between categories.  Well, one of the most cherished categorical distinctions is between subject and object.  Implicit in the term worldview is the division...

The Story of Human Rights


While driving to one lecture, I was listening to another.  The one I was listening to was delivered by A. C. Grayling on CBC's Ideas. This was the first of eight "Fragile Freedoms" lectures held at the not yet officially opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg (listen here)....

Is God an Environmentalist?


At school, I occasionally I find an empty pop can in the garbage.  This is particularly distressing to me when there is a recycle bin right next to the garbage can.  This leads to an inevitable rant, albeit brief, on the importance of recycling.  Following one such outburst, that moved...