Dear Friend

Dear friend, Remembering the nature of our last conversation, I’ve opted to season my words by sharing these concerns with you by letter. Free from my stammering and stuttering, this letter might yield a more fruitful dialogue. Remember the young adults retreat in the middle of nowhere I told you about? I actually signed up…

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God Is Not Satan

When Job received news that he had lost all his riches and children, the Bible says: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord…

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P.K. Subban and the NHL’s White Way

Three years ago, an article from The New Yorker asked, “Can P.K. Subban win over hockey’s stoic traditionalists?” At the time, the Montreal Canadiens’ star player had already become one of the youngest defencemen in National Hockey League (NHL) history to win the Norris Trophy, an award given to the NHL’s best defencemen. Subban is…

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I Am Afraid

“No, I am not afraid to die—it’s every breath that comes before.” The Oh Hellos I do not know when or where I’ll take my last breath. But I do know where I’ll be after I draw that last breath. My last breath on earth will be my first breath in heaven. This is why…

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Black Lives Matter and the Gospel

I recently came across a response to my Black Lives Matter and White Privilege article by a writer from CultureWarReporters.com. And though the writer, Evan, is critical of my article, I actually really enjoyed his response. This is, of course, not to suggest that I agree with Evan’s conclusions or assumptions—which he humbly admits as…

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Black Lives Matter and White Privilege

Black children in Toronto represent 8% of the city’s youth—yet, Black children make up 41% of the city’s foster kids and 40% of its High School dropouts. And though, Black Canadians represent only 3% of the Canadian population, 10% of the nation’s prison inmates are Black. In America, only 47% of Black students graduate from…

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Black Lives Matter, Keith Lamont Scott, and Brentley Vinson

By now, you probably know about Keith Lamont Scott. You’ve probably seen images of his lifeless body on the ground. You’ve probably heard the devastated voices of his grieving family members. By now, you probably know that Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a police officer last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, you are…

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Black Lives Matter Toronto

For many, Black Lives Matter is an American movement about an American problem. Not according to Black Lives Matter UK, however, who insist that, “the struggle is global.” One of these struggles, apparently, is climate change. Last week, Black Lives Matter’s UK chapter chained themselves together on Britain’s London City Airport runway—shutting the airport down…

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Black Lives Matter, and the Self-hating, White-washed, Uncle Toms.

In an apparent attempt to reveal Killer Croc’s actual skin colour known to audiences—the character’s entire body is covered by crocodile Skin—Suicide Squad portrays Killer Croc as a character who really likes BET (Black Entertainment Television); effectively suggesting that Killer Croc likes BET—he must be Black! Accidentally, the film’s director, David Ayer, made what I…

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Black Lives Matter and Martin Luther King’s Dream

When American police officers killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile several weeks ago, their deaths marked the 124th and 125th occasion at that time that a Black person had been killed by American police officers in 2016. Alarmingly, in the four weeks since their deaths, an additional 13 black Americans have been killed by police…

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