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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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Abbotsford – snapshots of faith 2

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities snapshots of faith- incl. ABBOTSFORD 1 of 2] TABLE OF CONTENTS (click below to go to) • Only a snapshot • Buckle of the Bible Belt? • Mayor Braun message • The Food Bank • Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope • List of Abby Christian schools • House of […]

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Mission – snapshots of faith

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities – snapshots of faith] introduction According to the 2016 Census, Mission’s population is 38,833. Incorporated in 1892, this year the District is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary.       mission.ca/125-2 Mission has a long history of Indiginous People. Xa:ytem is a site, (35087 Lougheed Highway, Mission) thought to be […]

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Abbotsford – snapshots of faith 1

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities – snapshots of faith – Including ABBOTSFORD 2] TABLE of CONTENTS • Introduction • Seniors • Mennonite roots • An overview of MCC • Issues for prayer – from Police Chief Bob Rich • 2017 City Prayer Breakfast     Introduction SITUATED mostly to the north of the No. 1 […]

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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 […]