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18/12 Dec 2018

18/12 Dec 2018

Mission/Ministry Spotlight

Missions Fest Alberta: Helping widows rebuild their lives Samaritan’s Purse: You can help improve life for Niger villagers Christian Service Brigade Childcare International Aftercare SeedCare God’s Little Angels Abundance Canada: The benefits of Christmas giving       Missions Fest Alberta: Helping widows rebuild their lives In the winter of 1994 I was hosting the […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Music for a 12th Night: investing in hope

by Katie Pearn   The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and generosity. A time where we reflect on the gift of Jesus and the hope and transformation He brought to the world. This Christmas season, Albertans have an opportunity to show their generosity, while taking in some gorgeous music through the Music […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Music Reviews by Kevin Pollard

Matt Maher: The Advent of Christmas, Essential Records, 2018 The Advent of Christmas is Matt Maher’s first full-length Christmas album and features a mix of classic carols with new originals. It is the new songs found here that remind you what a great songwriter Maher is. These are perfect songs for church worship teams to […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol

by Laureen F. Guenther   Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol opened at Rosebud Theatre, November 2, running until December 23. With just-right period costumes and a nostalgically-heartwarming set, this play blends the classics of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Alfred Conan Doyle, and Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. Sherlock Holmes (Nathan Schmidt) […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Calgary Christmas markets

by Agnes Chung   It is Christmas time. Nowhere else buzzes with more festivity than the Christmas markets. Experience the season’s sounds, scents, and sights, while browsing for unique gifts and savouring scrumptious treats. Here are two popular family-friendly markets that make for unbeatable festive ambience. Heritage Park Historical Village Spread over 127 acres, the […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Homeless seniors

by Lilianne Fuller   As shocking as it sounds, seniors are becoming the new face of homelessness. More and more seniors are turning up at shelters and at communal meals. Contributing factors to homelessness in seniors are much the same as those in their younger counterparts. Poor choices, economic downturns, mental health issues, and sheer […]

18/12 Dec 2018

JOY, a holy longing

by Sharon Simpson   Have you tried to describe JOY? It’s difficult. If you’ve grown up in the church, you have heard that JOY and happiness are not the same. JOY is long-lasting and happiness is fleeting. JOY is based on principles and values. Happiness is based on circumstances and “things going right”. Our culture […]

18/12 Dec 2018

The reformer and Christmas: another side of Luther

by Marion Van Driel   Contemplating the Protestant Reformation finds us wondering at Luther’s courage as he dared challenge the political and religious leaders of his day to change their ways. It’s easy to imagine Martin Luther in his solitary cell, furrowed brow, Bible open, working out his doctrinal positions, ink and quill scratching rough […]

18/12 Dec 2018

A very Mennonite Christmas

By Laureen F. Guenther Albert and Tena Guenther of Saskatoon grew up in the 1940s and 1950s on family farms just north of the city, with large extended families nearby. Their families attended traditional Mennonite churches, but the children attended local English-speaking schools. At school, in the weeks before Christmas, Tena remembers, they’d push back […]

18/12 Dec 2018

A.B. Simpson: A Canadian maverick

By Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird   The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church (C&MA), was founded by an unsung Canadian visionary, A.B. Simpson. He once said that people “must always dream dreams before they blaze new trails and see visions before they are strong to do exploits.” D.L. Moody said of Simpson, “No man […]