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19/01 Jan 2019

The Apostles Creed: I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints

by Mark Grilus   The statement, holy catholic church must be understood in its original frame of reference. The church is holy because Jesus Christ is holy and we are His body. “Catholic” simply means universal, so when one believes in a holy catholic church, they mean a church that is part of the body […]

19/01 Jan 2019

Fruit of the Spirit : one fruit, multiple attributes

by Marion Van Driel   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22,23) A new year always seems a good time to unpack well-worn and well-known truths with new eyes. These verses from Galatians are ripe (pun intended) […]

18/12 Dec 2018

Faith, hope and mystery: Christmas: ‘Til the soul felt its worth

by Frank King   O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining ‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. I’ll bet you don’t have to think long to match the melody with the lyrics of […]

18/11 November 2018

Spiritual practices for the year: Guidance

by Marion Van Driel   “I feel God leading me to . . .” is a phrase we often hear in the Christian community. What does that mean? Unless we’ve understood the process of discernment, we may, in fact, be merely seeking God’s blessing for a specific direction of our own will. Discernment is best […]

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 […]