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Engaging The Culture

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It's been just over a year since I posted my initial blog post regarding  my struggles with same-sex attraction . If you've been following along, you probably will have noticed the seemingly endless comment threads as world-views collide and opinions are raised and challenged. If you asked me a couple years ago if I would ever engage the culture in such a way, I would've answered you with a firm NO. I'm a people pleaser; and though it may not be perceived that way online, I am. Do you really think that I want to be causing conflict? Do you think I really enjoy offending people and being accused of "damaging mental health" or "oppression"? "So why then do you engage the culture?" As christians, we are commanded by God to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ - that is that all have sinned before a Holy God and are deserving of hellfire for it. But by God's grace and mercy, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die and pay the penalty

Love is Love

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"Love is love is love." Heralded across every social media platform, written across signs and brought up in conversation; this statement has become a motto of the sexual revolution and a slogan for the LGBTQ+ community. The phrase is presented in a beautiful and simple way; you're allowed to love whoever you love, why should it matter? Love is love is love right? As I've struggled with same sex attraction, this phrase is often appealing and easy to believe. The claim seeks to promote equality, that are all to be included, that all are equal and that all are the same, the homosexual, the bisexual, the transgender, the heterosexual... But is this true equality what we want? The use of this statement seeks to equate people of all sorts of sexual orientations/attractions and in doing so is normalizing sexual perversion and sin. To follow and be consistent with this logic means that one should also be willing to call, uphold and value those who have sexual attractio

A Work in Progress

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Since the Olympics, I have been on a figure skating high. I remember planning my days during that two week period, making sure I had showered, eaten dinner, even brushed my teeth before I would sit down and watch the 4-5 hour live stream from 7pm-12am. Not only that, but since then I have gone to see Stars on Ice Canada in Hamilton on May 5th and even impulsively booked second row seats for Stars on Ice USA in Detroit, Michigan the weekend before. Coming up, i'll be watching the Autumn Classic Figure Skating Competition in Oakville in a couple weekends, and I have tickets to Scott and Tessa's co-produced Thank You Canada Tour at the end of October. I can't wait! I'm just mesmerized with how they fly and glide across the ice so effortlessly. "I can do that", I remember thinking to myself. And so with my helmet on and my skates tied, I was ready for my first figure skating lesson tonight.  Mind you that the only skating experience I have had was on hoc

God at The Arboretum: Blessings Upon Blessings (Part 2)

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September-December 2016 My one month countdown begins shortly at The Arboretum. I look back on how God has ever so graciously provided for me time and time again. And so I wanted to look back and remember his faithfulness and kindness towards me, how He has grown me, and what He has taught me. If you missed Part 1: Getting The Job, you can read it HERE . And so I started my one year internship! I remember coming in on day one as the new intern; it wasn't all too different. I continued leading my hikes, and planned my programs. A week or two in, I got a letter confirming my extension; and I remember looking at the salary number and thinking "that looks really big"... and with a few quick calculations I realized the pay changed (dramatically)! No one ever informed me of this and so I was completely unaware but I was over the moon. So thankful that God would continue to shower His blessing on me this way. Little did I know that was just the beginning. I had a fami

Loving and Journeying with Others

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Besides sharing my story on struggling with same-sex attraction (SSA) at Teens Conference this year, I also put together a second workshop that highlighted a few practical ways we can love and journey alongside our friends who may be struggling in a similar way. And since i've shared my story already, I thought i'd share what I put together for this second workshop as well.  It can be quite hard to journey alongside a friend who is struggling with SSA or someone who identifies themselves in the LGBTQ+ community. However, all have fallen short of God's perfect standard, and both the believer and the non-believer need the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I've shared in previous posts, we need to be equipped and biblically informed on what scripture teaches on the topic of homosexuality/sexual immorality. So now, how do we go, love and journey alongside those who are struggling with this? Listen & Inquire I am so thankful that when I had shared with my close frie

Talking SSA at Teens Conference 2018

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Teens Conference (TC) is an annual two-day youth Christian conference for junior high and high school students, held over March Break. Running for 47 years and counting, I can recall participating as a student back in 2008 through 2011. And now, 10 years after my first Teens Conference, I was invited to return to facilitate a workshop where I shared my personal story and struggle with same-sex attraction, how to view LGBTQ+ related issues from a biblical perspective and how to journey alongside our LGBTQ+ friends. Looking back on my own personal journey, the main responses I got when I had shared with close friends were "I don't know" and "i'll pray for you", which are totally valid answers (and was very much appreciated), however it made me wonder how many Christians were informed on the topic biblically, and if they were equipped to understand and care for our LGBTQ+ friends. And so, I saw this opportunity as ever critical to our youth today, especia

God at The Arboretum: Getting The Job (Part 1)

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May-September 2016 One of goals for 2018 is to simply write more. This blog has always been a means where I can record different aspects of my life and how God has been faithfully at work. Since graduating, I have been at The Arboretum for just over 20 months now. And considering that this chapter is supposedly coming to a close (extend my contract please) when spring rolls around, I wanted to look back and remind myself of how God has orchestrated every single moment. This story actually starts back in second year (2014), when I had decided to apply for the work-study program in hopes to earn some extra money to pay for expenses etc... After applying for many lab positions and things I thought were ideal for my field, I remember coming across a position titled "Arboretum Multimedia Assistant". I don't even remember why I applied for it as it seemed so irrelevant to my field of study (Wildlife Biology and Conservation Science), but I did and God graciously gave me