Part 3 of the My Shifting Faith series, inspired by Kathy Escobar's book, Faith Shifts. I began the first few heady years of faith being the best Christian girl you can be.Read More
June 30, 2012, was my last day at The Star, the newspaper that I've worked for as a journalist for 12 over years. This decision did not come easily as I loved my colleagues and bosses and the work that I do. I was also hugely aware of the privilege I have - that I could work as a journalist at a time when thousands of journalists are losing their jobs left and right in the West.Read More
There are three stages in the "Fusing" stage of faith, said Kathy Escobar in her book, Faith Shifts. The first, Believing, where I accidentally became a Christian by saying a bunch of words, passed by without much fanfare. It was the Learning stage that was the most tumultous for me.
Because I was utterly unprepared to be thrust into a war between culture, family and tradition.
I was 18. I should be thinking about boybands, for heaven's sakes.Read More
It was a pleasant chat until my friend said: "I thought I should let you know that when I google up your website, there's a note on the search that says, "This site may be hacked."
I groaned out loud.
I've been dealing with numerous security issues with my website for years, and lately it has become an almost monthly affair. Early in 2014 or so, my blog was flooded with thousands of comment spam. The iPage support team said they couldn't help me. The only way out of it was to delete the comments manually. I ended up deleting entire posts instead.
My site was also going offline more often. And each time I would panic, get in touch with a support person and wait impatiently for them to solve the problem. It would take hours, even days before my blog was fixed. Once, my blog was down for a week.
But this Google blacklist thing? This takes it to another level.Read More
In her book, Faith Shift, Kathy Escobar said that every believer goes through a stage where they "fuse" with their faith (regardless of the religion). And in this stage of fusing there are three steps, and the first step is "Believing", the point where we come to faith.Read More