British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns
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British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns

While party standings are largely unchanged in B.C., the Liberals won Richmond’s two seats from the Conservatives. That is most surprising and cause for concern. It appears pro-Beijing forces launched an aggressive smear-campaign on social media against the two Conservative incumbents for speaking out against Beijing’s human rights abuses. Chinese-Canadians dominate Richmond’s population. That community…

Thy Pandemic Kingdom Come

Thy Pandemic Kingdom Come

This profound moment is His story, as is all of history. Suddenly, every person on the planet is linked in deep vulnerability and co-dependency. What is God telling us? What is our testimony in this hour? Does citizenship in the Kingdom of heaven provide guideposts for life on earth? To re-build life on earth, there is no better blueprint than the Kingdom of heaven that Jesus said to seek first. First we need a grip on what the Kingdom is.

It Tolls For Thee

It Tolls For Thee

When I was ten, my grandfather died. Our family was still in Holland. I remember the open grave, lowering the casket and taking my turn pitching dirt into a deep black hole. Adults said Grandpa died in the assurance of faith and the hope of the resurrection. It comforted me; my Grandpa was a child of God. There was no talk of Grandpa happily reunited with Grandma in heaven.

Summer Musings

Summer Musings

This is a summer of record temperatures, wildfires and near-drought in the rain forest. Rising water temperature in the Fraser River kills sockeye. Global warming is here. Mid-August mornings bring a cool, new freshness, autumn approaches, a metaphor for life’s downward slope. We attend a memorial service for Bill, an engineer who upon retirement left the city for the coast to reflect with deepening appreciation on trees, birds and his Creator. Will the redeemed burn fossil fuels on the new earth? Should we?

Put people before profit to end the affordable housing crisis
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Put people before profit to end the affordable housing crisis

Last year, the value of our home increased half a million, tax free, in one year. Wonderful! No, it is not wonderful at all. More and more people cannot afford a roof over their head. So what can be done? While Christians help the homeless and some churches have built social housing by creatively redeveloping their land and buildings, demand rises faster than supply. It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must strike at the cause.

Failing at dying?

Failing at dying?

Medical science has rendered obsolete the experience, tradition and language about our mortality and created a new difficulty: how to die. We need to re-learn when and how to accept that the battle is over. We wait till doctors tell us there is nothing more they can do. But rarely is there nothing more doctors can do.