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Youth Alpha is going and telling

by Doris Fleck   For the first time since Nicky Gumbel launched the first Alpha series in the 1990s, two Fraser Valley area youth pastors pioneered a new Alpha film series for teens that has caught fire around the globe. Geared for 13-18 year olds, these films were launched in 2013 as an “experiment” from […]

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Islamophobia? M-103 and Canadians

by Jack Taylor   During the Canadian election campaign in 2015 our courts decided that it was a matter of religious freedom for a Pakistani woman to wear a face veil (niqab) when she took her oath of citizenship. Muslims in Canada are nudging toward 3.5 per cent of our population and they are increasingly […]

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Experiencing God’s Boundless Love with Jonathan Evans

by John Hall   The theme for Missions Fest 2018 is “What is the Gospel” and we’ll be looking at the word through the eyes of missional professionals throughout the year. In this article Jonathan Evans, gives a glimpse into the many facets of the word. There is often a tension in our society to […]

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Pastor Bob Birch: a life of prayer

by Rev Dr. Ed Hird   The late Pastor Bob Birch impacted Canada, and specifically the Greater Vancouver area, during his almost 100 years, from 1907 to 2007. I will never forget the first time that I attended a prayer meeting with ‘Pastor Bob’. The depth of his prayers astounded me. For most of his […]

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For Goodness Sake at Regent College

Christ calls Christians to be salt and light—to engage fully with the world without being conformed by it. Sometimes, though, Christian identity feels constrained rather than liberated by the expectations that govern the business world. Dr. James Houston and management consultant Chris Houston have spent decades considering how Christian identity can be a transformative and […]

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Abby Eats Café

by Debbie Cazander Having a meal in a restaurant is something most people do fairly regularly, and for different reasons. We arrange to meet to celebrate a special occasion or achievement, or as a setting for conversation to learn more about the person we are meeting with. The enjoyment of a delicious meal in an […]

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Voices Together 2017 – July 1st – 5 pm ‘Free Admission’

Worship and Prayer at Pacific Coliseum   On Canada Day this year, Christians citywide will have the opportunity to celebrating the nation’s 150th birthday through the effort of Voices Together.  As the last time two years ago, it will be a joyful time of public witnessing of the children of God’s Kingdom in metro Vancouver. […]

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Overdose epidemic – how did we get here?

by Keri Vermeulen It is a memorial to life. Measured by a dog-eared and worn piece of white cardboard, the little billboard erected last winter told passersby quietly, in a faded whisper, just some of the names of almost 1,000 people who have died in the last year in BC – succumbed to the effects […]

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A Rocha: Raising a barn

by Marion Van Driel   A Rocha International exists to engage people in stewardship of the earth. Preserving and restoring habitats and species at risk, growing healthy food to feed people of low income and educating and training children, youth and adults in caring for the earth is noble work at a time when global news regarding […]

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Voices Together is unique!

Recently someone asked me the question – ‘Why would anyone go to a church service in the Coliseum?’ My answer was clear, “Voices Together is always on Canada Day, July 1st, and being a holiday, thousands are able to come to the arena to lift high the name of Jesus in a wonderful display of […]