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Unlikely allies against Bill-C16

by Jack Taylor   Facebook, at recent count, recognized 71 specific gender identities – many with their own unique pronouns. The Canadian government has now provided inclusive protection for gender identity and expression with new legislation, which has received significant hearing before the Senate. The new Bill, C-16, (an ammendment to the Human Rights Act […]

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Worldview shift through Gospel

Gospel and Mission Series:   by John Hall In this article we are continuing to explore the 2018 Missions Fest Vancouver theme “What is the Gospel?” through the perspective of missional professionals. We use the word Gospel in a variety of ways in our Christian culture. One of the reasons why may be because of […]

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Canadian Evangelism Conference

by Doris Fleck   When Frank King posts his evangelistic blog, Frank’s Cottage, on Facebook, the results are almost always disappointing. These well written, thought-provoking opinion pieces examine tough questions for non-Christians and give the eternal hope that is found in Jesus Christ. King, the News Media Relations Manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association […]

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The Belonging Bench Project

by Marion Van Driel   Benches can provide a sense of belonging. Just ask Grades 6 and 7 students at Surrey Christian School (SCS). Over the course of two months, 120 students worked together in the school’s underground parking lot to build benches – each with a unique design – for 20 businesses and organizations […]

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Freedom of Religion in Canada

by Marion Van Driel   With Canada’s 150th birthday comes the opportunity to pause, giving thanks for our country – its beauty, its diversity and the privileges we enjoy as Canadian citizens. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, passed in 1982. One of our fundamental freedoms – […]

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Beating the opioid crisis with faith

From harm reduction to recovery   by Keri Vermeulen I t was the single worst day in British Columbia for drug overdoses. On April 2017’s “Welfare Wednesday”, when more than 100,000 people collect social assistance cheques in the province, BC Emergency Health Services says a record high 130 calls for overdose response were taken. Of […]

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The Market at Wagner Hills is open

by Keri Vermeulen   Among the horse farms and vineyards of South Langley is a new market that is brimming with nostalgia for village markets of old, and yet alive with hope for the future. With the aroma of cut wood, the faint scent of fresh paint and a palette of soft whites and vintage […]

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Charities helping refugees

by Jack Taylor   Hamid, Fatima and their daughter were among the first families welcomed by Journey Home Community Association, a group that brings refugees into community through housing, settlement support, and friendship. The young family stepped off a ship in Vancouver harbour as refugees to avoid increasing injustices in their homeland. Through connections they […]

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Voices Together 2017 – July 1st, 5 pm ‘Free Admission’ – Worship and Prayer at Pacific Coliseum

On July 1st at Vancouver’s historic arena, the Pacific Coliseum, a celebration will take place which will impact the destiny of our city for many years to come. The Church in The Lower Mainland representing the multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-denominational diversity of our city, will gather to celebrate our Christian faith and Canadian heritage in […]

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Arne Bryan, pioneer of Prayer Canada September 19, 1918 to May 14, 2017

by Beth Carson   “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thess 5:24 KJV) “These words,’ said Arne, “ruined all my excuses.” It was 1977, he was 59 years old and God had called him to pioneer a national prayer ministry. With God’s help, he had already rented a room […]