How Reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Led An Atheist Lawyer, Fredric Heidemann, to Christianity.

“If our being is nothing more than a collection of atoms reacting with each other in enormous complexity through cause and effect chains stretching back to the beginning, then we are floating blindly through space and time: there’s no rhyme, reason, or purpose.”

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Former atheist Fredric Heidemann lives with his wife and their daughter in the Lansing, Michigan. He currently works there as an attorney. Born and raised in an atheist family, Heidemann dismissed religion until his late teenage years when he abandoned atheism. He entered the Catholic Church in 2006 during his freshman year of college and loves sharing his story (1).

According to Heidemann he “grew up in a loving, comfortable atheist household of professional scientists. My dad was a lapsed Catholic, and my mom was a lapsed Lutheran. From the time that I could think rationally on the subject, I did not believe in God. God was an imaginary being for which there was no proof. At best, God was a fantasy for half-witted people to compensate their ignorance and make themselves feel better about their own mortality” (2). He was quite scathing in that he saw belief…

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Ten Predictions for 2017 – Trump, Apple, Snapchat, Tech as Villain, and more…

“In 2017, we’ll come to realize that we’re valuing the wrong things, and start a conversation about paying people to connect with each other …”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ten-predictions-2017-trump-apple-snapchat-tech-villain-battelle

Cardinal Seán: Christmas Joy is About Solidarity, Rejecting Ayn Rand Extreme Individualism

“Christmas joy is about discovering and building solidarity with our families, with our community, with the human beings on the planet, and with our creator.”

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston delivered an outstanding message on joy, community, and solidarity this Christmas, encouraging us to pursue these and leave behind the selfishness, materialism, and hedonism of an extreme individualism that is truly poisonous:

“Christmas is about joy; so often, people do not know the difference between being happy, and having fun. For some people their whole life is one long pursuit of having fun. The joy of Christmas is not the product of successful shopping sprees, of fantasy or fairy tales, or addictions to entertainment, drugs, or alcohol….

Christmas joy is about discovering that life must be lived in solidarity. The Ayn Rand extreme individualism of our culture is poison, whose antidote is community and solidarity. Christmas joy is about discovering and building solidarity with our families, with our community, with the human beings on the planet, and with our creator.”

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Geneticist & Leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, Converts from Atheism to Christianity.

“Collins, in a similar fashion to the late former atheist to Christian convert C.S. Lewis of whom he admits was an inspiration to him, was compelled by the human intuition of objective morality.”

Source: Geneticist & Leader of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, Converts from Atheism to Christianity.

“We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

4th Sunday of Advent (Mt 1:18-24) “We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” PDF Version

Source: “We Believe That Mary Is Ever-Virgin” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

https://productive.speedlancer.com/creating-a-stunning-pitch-deck-a7500fc1875c

“Even the most elegantly designed deck will fail in securing new clients or capital if it is not accurately presenting your services in a way that people can appreciate.”

The Mother of All Same-Sex Parenting Studies

“Family structure is serious business and children are depending on us to advocate on their behalf. Let us use the truth as a tool, not a weapon.”

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I have had several conversation recently on the studies that supposedly show “no difference” between children raised in the home of same-sex parents and those raised in the home of their married mother and father. It’s interesting that many who pride themselves on valuing science and data would swallow this claim without really understanding the evidence. If really want to understand the research on this subject, here is an itemized review of every single study done on the subject of same-sex parenting: A Review and Critique of Research on Same-Sex Parenting and Adoption. For those who don’t have the time to review this 120 page document, here’s the abstract:

Are the outcomes for children of gay, lesbian, or bisexual parents in general the same as those for heterosexual parents? That controversial question is discussed here in a detailed review of the social science literature in three parts: (1) stability of…

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How can someone care so little about our youth?

I couldn’t have said it any better.

A2Z with ADHD

On October 25, 2016, the Government of Alberta shut down one of the provinces largest Home Schooling Boards. They claimed in the announcement, that it was a long time coming yet nobody seemed to have any idea. The province has basically thrown 1/3 of all Alberta Home Schooled youth to the wind by shutting down Trinity Christian School (Wisdom Home School has 3500 registered home school students with them) two months into their school year.

You can’t convince me that this was a planned decision that had any thought put into it or the document sent to Trinity students and families that points to a list of accredited home school boards to register their kids with would not still include Trinity (the document was updated after 2am on October 26th to no longer include Trinity).

The problem thus far, is that there is very little information available and everything that…

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How I Spent My Saturday Afternoon

I shot a bunch of people. For their LinkedIn profiles. Here are a few of the results.

Snap out of it, Alberta: It’s not about bathrooms

“Let’s stop fixating on bathrooms and start dealing with the real issues.”

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Assumptions are powerful.

When we accept an assumption as true, then we easily buy into the conclusion.

But what if the assumption is wrong?

Here is an assumption to consider:  Bill 10 and the sexual orientation and gender identity policies being implemented in schools across Alberta are all about protection of a very vulnerable population. They’re about human rights, equality, protection, inclusion and respect for diversity.

Laudable goals, indeed.

If we accept this assumption as true then it is easy to buy into the conclusion – the conclusion that any dissenting voices are against inclusion, respecting diversity, LGBTQ, equality, etc. and that those people should justifiably be labeled.

But what if that fundamental assumption is flawed?

What if it’s not about all those things, but about something else entirely?

I’m going to suggest it is about something else.  Because as a teacher, a parent, a citizen and a reasonable, rational…

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