Who am I, Creator God? part 2

These blog posts, which have been separated into a two-part oped piece, were originally created as a final course paper for the Hearts Exchanged program that was offered to Canadian students via the lifelong learning centre at Calvin Theological Seminary. I have learned a lot about Indigenous communities and myself … ∞

“Is that a want, or a need?”

I remember having many conversations with my parents growing up. I would frequentlyhave desires and wants growing up: from wanting to get McDonalds, to wanting a toyfrom the local dollar store. I always framed these wants as something I “needed”.Clearly, there is a stark contrast between the meaning of one … ∞

New Beginnings, Old Calvinists: The Importance of looking to Christians of the past to prepare ourselves for our future.

As you embark on your journey this year in seminary, whether its your first year or (like me) your last, you’re standing at the threshold of a new chapter in your life. The decision to pursue theological education is a significant one, filled with excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a touch … ∞

A Glimpse of God’s Heart

Recently, I was honored to have an opportunity to learn about the heart of Jesusand what we look like in His eyes. The story happened two weeks ago. As spring iscoming, my neighbors, squirrels and a chipmunk, are becoming very active in myfront yard. One sunny afternoon, I brought some … ∞

APRIL FOOL GOES WRONG

Practical jokes and hoaxes are part of the yearly tradition known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day, which occurs on April 1. April Fools! is a common way for jokesters to reveal their tricks. These practical jokes, which can be exposed as such the next day, can involve … ∞

Our Identity in Unity

What defines your identity? Oftentimes we consider our identity as individuals, resulting in a strict individualism that seeks to see our complete identity as an inward trinity – me, myself, and I. However, as followers of Messiah Jesus, our identity is twofold: our identity is both in who God has … ∞

Define “Success”

If there is one thing every parent wants for their children; it’s to be successful.It’s true; unless you’re either insecure about your own lot in life or you’re going totherapy your desire is for the success of your children. In the context of today, the need; nay the thirst for … ∞

The Temptation: To Be Spectacular

We have different beliefs and values. One of the things we value the most is beingsuccessful and spectacular. I grew up in China and lived there for 18 years. It is acommon thing to pursue fame and fortune in Chinese culture. For example, we makejudgments to people according to apartments, … ∞

UNWORTHY TO PRAY

I read the words of Martin Luther on Luke 18:13 – I feel I should share with you. Text: “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Luke 18:13 … ∞