Rev. Royal Hamel

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Shining His truth into darkness

If Christmas means anything, it is surely expressed in Matthew 4:16: “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light and, to those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light has dawned.” How marvelous that divine light, encased in human flesh, has shone, shines now and will shine for endless days. It is good and right for us to gaze at ... (Continue reading)

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The outing of a beauty queen

“Don’t ever compromise. Your goal should be to please God, not please man” – Carrie Prejean The U.S.A., at this moment, is engaged in an escalating culture war on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” If the battle plays out as it did in Canada, many Christians and many churches will largely run for cover, instead of speaking clearly what the Bible has taught for 2,000 years. But, like a voice crying ... (Continue reading)

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Free speech on campus withers

Free speech on campus withers

Royal Hamel discusses tolerance and freedom of expression when it comes to campus pro-life. (Continue reading)

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The Light of the World has come

It is not the worst of times, but it is certainly not the best. Cultural darkness in the West seems to be deepening. And it may well be a harbinger of greater darkness to come. In any case, we do well to remind ourselves, “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”... (Continue reading)

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Michaelle Jean re-opens abortion issue

The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honoured among men” - Psalm 12:8. Rarely, if ever, has the awarding of the Order of Canada stirred up so much controversy as when it was announced on July 1 that Henry Morgentaler would be a recipient. The intent was to canonize ... (Continue reading)

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Tolerance can undermine truth

If we could see into the heart of most Canadians, I believe we would see a little goddess called “see-no-evil” perched prominently on their souls. I think the same goddess is carried by multitudes of Christians into services every Sunday. It has been observed that if you keep telling people the same ... (Continue reading)

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This is a time to speak up

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Persecution of Christians by the state has arrived in Canada. I speak of the recent ... (Continue reading)

The Kite Runner teaches friendship, atonement

"Hassan!” I called. “Come back with it!” He was already turning the street corner, his rubber boots kicking up snow. He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. “For you, a thousand times over!” he said. So opens the pivotal event in The Kite Runner, a novel by ... (Continue reading)

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Danger lies in public school funding

The Ontario provincial election of 2007 is history. Conservative leader John Tory is probably history, too, but I will lose little sleep on that account. For arguably, the Tory candidate, despite being named Tory, was the least Tory-like candidate in the history of Ontario politics. There’s no dispute that Tory’s campaign foundered on the issue of providing funding for faith-based schools. He wanted to fund these “separate ... (Continue reading)

Learning from atheists

Who would have imagined we would see atheists outing fellow atheists for the supposed good of the country? Well, that is the thinking behind the new Richard Dawkins “OUT Campaign.” Dawkins, one of the foremost atheists of our day and author of the best-selling book The God Delusion, recently published a provocative piece on his ... (Continue reading)

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Order of Canada candidates

Governor-General Michaelle Jean outraged many Canadians on June 29 by announcing the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes to the Order of Canada. Hawkes is not only the longstanding pastor of Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church, but also one ... (Continue reading)

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Jesus among the missing at Virginia Tech

Readers of this article may be startled by the title. At first glance, it appears that Jesus was a victim of the killer who wantonly shot some 32 people and then himself. Of course, that is not the case. Jesus was missing, however, from the memorial service held on ... (Continue reading)

Dangerous influence

The Right Rev. Michael Ingham, bishop of the Greater Vancouver Diocese of New Westminster, is on the rampage again, wading anew into the ongoing controversy of sexual ethics in the Anglican Church of Canada. In an address he gave in Ottawa on March 7, 2007, he said, “The Christian church has a deeply flawed ... (Continue reading)

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We must stand for biblical truth

Some 30 years ago, the United Church of Canada was just beginning her long discussion on homosexuality, which culminated in their recent acceptance of same-sex “marriage.” Back in the early 1970s, I remember reading in the church’s official magazine the call for tolerance and the call to reappraise the message of Scripture on this subject. At this present moment, Anglicans ... (Continue reading)

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Seductive power of ‘the goddess’

“There is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality. All else is immorality.” – Theodore Roosevelt Many people would say that we live in a secular society with no room for gods and goddesses. But, I see millions of Canadians devoting themselves to a goddess they do not openly own. No, they don’t ... (Continue reading)

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