The Liebster Award (taken from the German word meaning "sweetest, kindest, nicest, etc") is an award given within the blogging community, for blogs with under 200 followers. It is given by bloggers and received by bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominees must fill out requirements, such as posting the Liebster Award picture … Continue reading The Hopeful Life has Recieved the Liebster Award!
My parents never encouraged my brothers and me to join Harry Potter mania. I loyally avoided the movies and dodged the books (except for a short period of clandestine disobedience in which I read the first few books under the cover of darkness). To many of you this may seem pretty silly. What is wrong … Continue reading Should Christians Read or Watch Harry Potter? My Journey with Harry and Jesus.
[Last month I looked at the question "Is God a Feminist?" I thought we should continue this theme of looking at God's character in line with 21st century issues.] Questions, ideas and opinions about the environment are everywhere. Threats of global warming and climate change have created a ubiquitous concern for our planet. Businesses and … Continue reading Is God an Environmentalist? Should We Care About the Earth?
Last month I watched Gladiator for the first time. Although I don't usually do well with gore, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Some of my favourite stories are those set during the Roman Empire (The Eagle, Ben Hur, The Robe, Risen, The Silver Chalice etc.) because they open my eyes to the general situation Jesus … Continue reading Jesus Went Viral Before the Internet
My mom was a pastor for 13 years. Did God have a problem with that? Is what she did contrary to the teachings of the Bible? I have been exposed to Christian leaders, churches and organizations who would encourage women to lead in the church and those that would prohibit it. I have friends and … Continue reading Is God a Feminist? A Response to Male Only Leadership in the Church
I have been married for approximately three months, and although I do not claim to be an expert, I have learned a lot about sex! Here are five things I've learned. Sex Is Not Dirty, It Is Beautiful I was raised in a home where my parents would lovingly fast forward kissing scenes in movies … Continue reading Five Things I’ve Learned About Sex
"Yes, we're doing well but we're not rich or anything like that." This is a common attitude (whether spoken or unspoken) that I have picked up on in the western world. No one ever really accepts that they are rich. Or doesn't want to believe it. There will always be those who are wealthier than … Continue reading You Are Rich.
"He's scared of what he doesn't know," he tersely stated without emotion. "Most people are," I replied. I know I used to be. I suppose I still am. I used to go into a room. An empty room where I could think. I would let all of my safe, comfortable ideas rest there and proceed … Continue reading What If’s, Stale Rooms and An Open Mind
I recall my law teacher in high school once telling my class something along the lines of, "You should be very cautious about making any major decision before age 25." Yet here I am at 19, an engaged man. The average Canadian groom is about 31 when he gets married. Why did I get engaged … Continue reading Why I Decided To Get Engaged At 19