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Inspiring Faith

Naïve children, frightened seniors?

By Frank King In my younger years, I was sure that two kinds of people made up a vast majority of North American Christianity: children too young to know any better and seniors too old and frightened to think clearly. Yes, I knew it all – and without the time-consuming bother of checking out the […]

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From included to belonging: Pastor Jenn Burnett of The Well

By Christina Van Starkenberg As Jenn Burnett and I sat down via Zoom to chat, her youngest child kept popping in and out of the camera range asking for snacks, a playmate, and a cuddle buddy. Another one of her children graciously found her younger sibling something to eat and so we had a few […]

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Can a Facebook post cause genocide?

By Andy Steiger   The answer might surprise you. I personally witnessed the power and danger of social media when I was asked to speak to a Grade 12 class on the topic of genocide. The teacher had invited speakers from various religious backgrounds to address the topic and I was to represent the Christian […]

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John Wimber: God’s risk-taking Santa Claus

By Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird John Wimber came to Christ in 1963 at age 29 as a self-proclaimed chain-smoking, beer-guzzling, drug abuser. Because his father abandoned him the day he was born, Wimber didn’t know how to be a good father.  His marriage was nearly over.  He described himself as a fourth-generation pagan/unbeliever […]

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Restoring the Lord’s Prayer

By Sara Maynard Prayer is a vital part of our walk with God, no matter our age, spiritual maturity, or denomination. George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilization, declared that “prayer is the blood of the soul!” How right he is, it’s truly essential for spiritual life. Yet, working out how to pray is often […]

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Unpacking and exploring the truth

By Frank King   A few months ago, I found an entertaining blog that listed “32 Reasons to be an Atheist (as Opposed to a Christian),” by someone calling themselves ‘Violetwisp’. It’s a great opportunity to explain the truth about following Jesus – and maybe you can use this information to share your faith with […]

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Chuck Smith: Father of the Jesus Movement

By Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird   The Hippie movement had brought 100,000 youth to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco for the 1967 Summer of Love.  By the end of 1969, many had died from drug overdoses. In December 1969, a young man was stabbed to death at a free rock concert in Altamont, California. […]

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General William and Catherine Booth: The Blood & The Fire

By Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird   Cholera. Everyone’s fear, and it was happening again. William and Catherine Booth were there to help feed, clothe, and care for the sick in the stinky, rancid streets of East London.  It was 1866. The incoming tide from the Thames River dumped sewage into East London’s water […]

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From death to triumph: Bishop Emery Thompson

By Cheryl B. Edwards   When God calls, some respond in fear and hide, but there are some who fling aside their fears and answer the call.  Bishop Emery Thompson answered the call of God when he was just nine years old. I am reminded of the prophet Jeremiah when he was called by God: […]

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The beautiful reality of being God’s pawn

by Frank King   The atheist meme depicts Star Trek’s Mr. Spock playing chess with this message: “Why can’t you checkmate a Christian? Because they’re all pawns.” Dictionary.com has several definitions for “pawn”. The one that seems most relevant to this graphic is “someone who is used or manipulated to further another person’s purposes”. Based […]