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18/11 November 2018

The logic of a leap of faith

by Frank King   While on the internet the other day, I found a website that discussed the problem of young people abandoning the Christian church. This comment, by an anonymous reader, grabbed my attention: “Christianity is based on a leap of faith, right? Islam is based on a leap of faith, right? All religions […]

18/11 November 2018

Secularization and the church in Canada

by Jack Taylor   “I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.” (Francis Schaeffer) From the beginning, secularism has divided the church – from within and from without. Secularism – the Canadian experiment When one is force-fed secularism in its pablum form, it is easy to […]

18/11 November 2018

Christians and Cannabis

by Jack Taylor   What do we do with cannabis now that we can’t say it’s illegal anymore? A CBC survey says that 55 percent of Canadians aren’t ready for this even though we already have the highest rates of cannabis usage in the world. What would a survey of our churches say? For medical […]

18/11 November 2018

The remarkable General William Booth

By Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird   Everyone nowadays loves the Salvation Army (the Sally Ann), but such admiration was not always universal. Violence and bloodshed was the order of the day when William Booth first reached out to the down-and-out in East London, England. Few people today realize that one of the main […]

18/10 October 2018

The post-truth world: Clarity amidst the confusion about identity

by Abdu Murray   I have never been confused about my identity. But I have been mistaken. When I was a Muslim, I was sure that an all-powerful, all-knowing God created me to serve him and do enough good deeds to prove myself worthy of his mercy and eventually his paradise. There did come a […]

18/10 October 2018

A torturous history leads to welcoming the hope of the Gospel

by Frank King   What can a torturous history do to a country? I saw for myself during a nine-day Samaritan’s Purse trip to El Salvador in August. The answer? Plenty and none of it good. This Central American nation never seems to catch a break. After almost 300 years of Spanish occupation, El Salvador […]

18/10 October 2018

Mister Rogers

by Brian Nixon   Ok, I admit it: I’m a Mister Rogers junkie. I’ve been one for a long time; over 45 years of watching the man in the cardigan. For my recent 49th birthday my daughter bought me a Mister Rogers candle. And when PBS conducted a fundraiser using Mister Rogers as the lure, […]

18/10 October 2018

The Apostles Creed: I believe in the Holy Ghost

by Mark Grilus   The creed now moves on to the third person of the Trinity.  The Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit, was understood to be the third member of the Godhead. Early Church Fathers understood that the Spirit was a person, not a force or power.  Although the divine being we call God […]

18/09 September 2018

Spiritual practices for the year: Service

by Marion Van Driel   The air was tense in the upper room. The disciples were gathered around Jesus, keenly aware of the unspoken problem; no servant was present to wash their mud-caked feet, and those of their Master. They were trying hard to ignore the elephant in the room – eyeing one another, wondering […]

18/09 September 2018

Survival Habits of the Soul

by Ken Shigematsu   Even though I’ve been out of school for many years, I still have nightmares where I am a student completely unprepared for a French or math exam. I feel the pressure to perform, like when I played competitive basketball and I had teammates depending on me. That pressure to achieve and […]