Archive for February, 2012

I’ve got a new Valentine’s Day related post up at A Christian Thing (a group blogsite that I’ve been invited to make occasional contributions to). Here’s the beginning of it.

So it’s Valentine’s Day, in case you didn’t know. And The Christian Post has decided to celebrate the martyr’s death, apparently, by publishing an article on the most “eligible Christian bachelors.”


Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not against setting aside a day to talk about romance. Yes, the day is heavily materialistic. So is Christmas. That doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate the birth of Christ. In the same way, it’s good to remind our significant others that we love them – and Valentine’s Day certainly provides an opportunity to do that. What’s more, it gives Christians (along with everyone else) a day yearly when public discussion of love and relationships is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged. So if The Christian Post wants to publish a romance-inclined article on Valentine’s, I’m all in favour of it.

Just so long as it’s not this particular article.

I go on to deconstruct some of the dangerous assumptions present in the article, highlighting along the way the regretably shallow approach to relationships too many Christians take. Check it out here: “Valentine’s Day: The most eligible Christian bachelors.”

In Canada and across the Commonwealth, we’re celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. But to many people, the idea of a constitutional monarchy seems rather backwards. “What’s the point of a Queen who has no power?” is a question (spoken or unspoken) on many a critic’s mind.

Well, I try to give a brief answer to that in an article over at First Things. And I try to do so from a distinctly Christian Canadian perspective. It’s called “God save the Queen: A Canadian reflects on why the Monarchy still matters.” Check it out.