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Remembrance: In a small Austrian village, one man opposed Hitler

by Steve Weatherbe   Coming in December is A Hidden Life, a movie about an Austrian farmer who defied his family, his community, and the full force of the Nazi totalitarian state – to the death. The celebrated director and push behind the ambitious, nearly three-hour-long film is Terry Malick. Hanz Jagerstatter was a conscientious […]

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The Christian calendar year: Advent: A season of attentive waiting

by Steve Bell   He came with love to Bethlehem; He comes with grace into our souls; He will come with justice at the end of the world. Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene Advent simply means “to come” (Latin: advenire, from ad-’to’ venire-’come’). Christians have traditionally set aside this liturgical season to anticipate the […]

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November – Adoption awareness month

The adoption journey by Tandela Swann, AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services   As November is Adoption Awareness Month, it is a good time to talk about what adoption means for us as Christians as well as what the process looks like for Canadians feeling the call to adopt. When you begin to consider your […]

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Rosebud Theatre offers up the classic A Christmas Story

by Laureen F. Guenther A Christmas Story, a play by Philip Grecian, opens at Rosebud Theatre, November 1, playing until December 22. The story, based on the classic 1983 movie, centers on Ralphie, growing up in the 1950s. His heart is set on getting a BB gun for Christmas. Young Ralphie is played by Rebbekah […]

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A Bible wrapped in wallpaper

by Rev. David Hearn, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada   On a park bench at Dalhousie University sits an international student reading a book wrapped in beautifully-coloured paper. It has become a treasure that she carries everywhere. For the first time, she can read the Bible in her heart language. What she […]

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Engage: A spotlight on Christian Mission and Ministry – Fall 2019

Check out the profiles on various Missions and Ministries. Click here.   Articles A Bible wrapped in wallpaper by David Hearn Praying for global workers by Paul G. Zimmerman Operation Christmas Child: Salem’s Dream: helping as many children as possible Chit’s story: Different kinds of working but the same God at work by Linda Haist […]

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Operation Christmas Child: Salem’s Dream: helping as many children as possible

Time to pack shoeboxes   From her earliest days, 11-year-old Salem Keogh remembers her mother packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in need. Now, she’s leading the way for her Calgary family to provide gift-filled boxes for 10,000 children. “You should help as many kids as you can because God loves everyone,” said Salem, […]

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Election 2019: Top 3 things religiously-minded Canadians need to watch for

by Lorna Dueck   Attention religiously-minded voters: You matter to Canada’s 43rd general election. You have a role to play in shaping the future of this fantastic country over the next 40 days of campaigning. Embrace the reminder that ‘40 days’ is a call to prayer. Our governments were designed to facilitate that we live […]

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The Christian calendar year: the story of stories

by Steve Bell (Editor’s note: See review of Bell’s Pilrim’s Year Series after this article) It may seem unlikely that someone like myself, brought up in pragmatic prairie evangelicalism, would be writing about the spiritual tradition of the Church calendar year. Truth be told, it is a tradition that has profoundly shaped my Christian self, […]

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Church conferences highlight ministry to under-reached peoples

by Laureen F. Guenther   This October and November, Calgary’s Centre Street Church is hosting two conferences that target ministry for under-represented people groups in the local church. Both conferences will be held at Centre Street’s central campus.   People with special needs – Umbrella Conference October 25 and 26, Centre Street Church’s (CSC’s) Special […]