Doug Sikkema  |  January 23, 2015  |  Death, Faith

I’m not going to say I was close to him because, really, I wasn’t. After he left the school I only saw him a handful of times at various community events. He would be a bit weaker each time. First it was a slight tremor of the hands, then a general wobbling of the legs. He began using a wheelchair in short order … or so it seemed to me on the outside. I’m sure each day of that first year was nothing short of a lifetime for him. What would go next?  I couldn’t imagine the terror of losing control over my body and knowing step by step how … MORE »

Beth Green  |  January 22, 2015  |  Education, Religion

I’ve been there. I went to both private and state schools. As an educator, I’ve taught in a variety of institutions, both private and public, Christian and secular. As a researcher, I have been wrestling with what the relationship is between these differing settings. Do they have to be in opposition? Or can they learn from one another? I know the struggle to reconcile these … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  January 20, 2015  |  Faith, Loves, Nature

Last fall, Cardus’s Julia Nethersole walked Spain’s 775-kilometre Camino Francés. Find the first section at Reflections from the Camino: Part I. Six years ago, I peered over my mother’s shoulder to read the laptop screen in front of us. The thought occurred to me that this was another one of Mum’s crazy ideas. Yet as I read the screen and listened to the excitement in … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  January 15, 2015  |  Media, Race, Religion, War & Peace

Years ago, I commissioned an illustration for a magazine piece on intermarriage between Jews and Gentiles. When the art came in, I scrutinized it for subliminal naughtiness—most illustrators are eternal 11-year-olds—and quickly approved it. Soon afterward, a Jewish woman in our research department stopped me in the corridor. The drawing had landed on her desk. She held it up. “Do you think this is right?” … MORE »

Albertos Polizogopoulos  |  January 9, 2015  |  Education, Faith, Law

It has become a scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada. In 2014, lawyers and doctors were targeted by their own professional associations for direct attack because of their religious beliefs. For Christian lawyers, the first salvo was fired at Trinity Western University’s law school. TWU, which exists to “develop godly Christian leaders” in a variety of marketplaces, requires its students and staff … MORE »

Doug Sikkema  |  December 31, 2014  |  Cultural Renewal

If you ask people what the most important virtue needed for a civil society to flourish is, I’d wager that the majority would say it’s trust.  What keeps our money safe in banks? Trust. What allows us to live in homes without large concrete walls and barbed wire? Trust. Why can I can drop my child off at school so easily? Trust. Trust means I drive … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  December 24, 2014  |  Culture, Holidays

In our current era, religion is presumed to be personal. Politeness is warped into shallowness; substantial sentiments are risky and may offend. Publicly, Christmas is nothing more than a seasonal holiday. Its religious roots are tolerated only because denying them would require a collective historical amnesia that we’re not quite up to yet. Believing in Santa Claus is encouraged, especially when it contributes to the … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  December 22, 2014  |  Faith

A friend clued me in recently to some surprisingly unreported mayhem at one of Ottawa’s toniest hotels. Apparently there was a near riot in the lobby when the manager confronted a delegation of—get this—international chess grandmasters. They had been given private space in which to play but insisted on hogging all the chairs and tables in the public areas. Worse, the winners of each game … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  December 19, 2014  |  Economy, Foreign Policy, Politics

Well, nobody saw that coming. Yesterday’s announcement of the major thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations was both surprising and a major step forward in establishing good relations between states in the Americas. By establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, the U.S. has lanced a boil which has plagued the two nations for fifty years. And both our Prime Minister and the Pope deserve reams of credit for … MORE »

Naomi Biesheuvel  |  December 18, 2014  |  Law, Politics, Religion

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” This cliché is often splashed across social media feeds, encouraging the faithful to take a stand for what is right. But a defensive attitude can also encourage believers to invoke religious liberty on its own merit. I spoke at a recent Cardus event with Adam J. MacLeod, Associate Professor of Law at Faulkner University, about … MORE »