Gender 

Intersex: A short primer

There was a time (actually not all that long ago) where it seemed that the issue of gender was fairly straightforward, there were two of them, one male and one female. Yet humans are far more complicated than that. This relates not so much to the issue of sexuality as the web of topics around gender dysphoria, where the person lives with a sense of severe disconnection between their sense of self and their physical biology and transgenderism. For more on gender dysphoria listen to this conversation between Mark Yarhouse and Melinda…

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Church 

Living in the redzone

Recently I came across this tweet showing a map of the worldwide growth of the evangelical church. Interesting. “Growth Rate of Evangelical Christianity” worldwide HT @drmoorepic.twitter.com/GyZjX5ZWWn — Drew Dyck (@drewdyck) August 21, 2015 In the countries shaded blue the evangelical church is growing faster than the population rate, its increasing it’s percentage share in those nations. In the countries shaded yellow, the evangelical church is growing but not as fast as the overall population. The numbers are going up but the percentage is going down. You may notice about four countries…

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Articles 

Collected wisdom on the art of writing

I would love to write a book. Actually correct that, I would love someone to publish the books that I write (although it may not be all it’s cracked up to be). No, hold on – I would love people to read the books that I write and that are published. That’s an increasingly common goal as three forces create a perfect storm for would be authors. First we are the beneficiaries of free education and living in a literate age – we are the lucky ones, we were forced by…

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Articles 

Ashley Madison, faithfulness & the new vigilantism

If you read the news you will most likely have heard the name Ashley Madison. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the name of a website that arranged for people to commit adultery, their motto “Life is short, have an affair.” The internet has made it easier than ever to arrange an illicit rendezvous and around 30 million people worldwide had signed up to Ashley Madison. Adultery has become good business. In July of this year an activist group of hackers, called The Impact Team, hacked into Ashley Madison…

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Articles 

When the migrant crisis gets personal

When we close the books on 2015 and look at the big stories of the year, one of them will surely be the migration of millions of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It is, I think, no exaggeration to say that we are witnessing a demographic shift that is going to significantly affect all three regions for generations to come. Europe is by and large a rich continent surrounded by poverty and chaos – Yemen, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq and then further away the tragedy of grinding poverty,…

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