Category: Academy

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When gender identity becomes a disorder 

What is your most salient and defining quality? Perhaps you define yourself based on your artistic skills or the fact that you can speak several languages. To the rest of the world, our most defining feature is one that was assigned to us at birth, often by some third-party stranger who thinks their medical degree is what defines them. Rather than our acquired skills or personal traits, our most important quality to the outside world is our gender. Gender is a powerful force that lurks in the background, silently dictating our social interactions, personal preferences, behaviors, and attitudes.

 

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Mindful Sex 

Sex, what some hold as the pinnacle of our love life, the fabric holding together our very being and need for survival, is both elevated and devalued in the light of the modern Christian Perspective.

 

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Addiction by design 

From April 2nd – 9th, Trinity Western University went phone free. The Facebook event “TWU Goes Phone Free” encouraged staff and students to leave phones in rooms or cars, or turn them off in order “to experience a week with the freedom to live life without being constantly attached to our phones.” Is it a coincidence that our phones are always in our pockets? Is it an accident that we respond to the familiar vibration almost unconsciously?

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Dare to be 

How willing are you to be weak and vulnerable? How many layers are you prepared to strip off, how many skins are you ready to shed, and how many faces are you willing to tear off? How deep does one have to travel, how many hours would it take to journey through the roadmap of you, through all of the polished exteriors into you-as-fragmented-human, into you as imperfect, into you as unreservedly raw and ugly?

 

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Through the cracks 

 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 | NIV