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A heart for hospice

by Marion Van Driel In November 2016, a plaque was unveiled at the Irene Thomas Hospice Residence (Ladner) to honour the woman who envisioned and was the driving force for the modern 10-bed facility and the additional Support Care Centre. “I’ve never asked for this at all; it’s not about me,” Nancy Macey says in […]

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Rising Faith: Just as I am

by Rev. Dr. Ed Hird My grandmother and mother knew I would become an Anglican priest. I dismissed this expectation, being convinced that I would become an electrical engineer like my father.  In my family system, there were no adult males who attended church. In 1965, my mother had a spiritual encounter at a Billy […]

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An “Upright Woman” First Nations social justice pioneer

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, The Light Magazine is delighted to share a story of a historically significant Canadian Christian each month. This month, Jenny Schweyer writes about Ojibwa woman Nahnebahwequay, or Catherine Sutton, who was one of the first trail blazers of social justice for Indigenous people in Canada. by Jenny Schweyer […]

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Practicing simplicity, the benefits of less

by Marion Van Driel Because the spiritual discipline of simplicity is so closely related to the stuff of everyday living, it is one of the most intimidating or guilt-forming disciplines, at least for those of us who live in the western world, where affluence and accessibility to consumer goods is so prevalent. The latest realization […]

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Prayer: In touch with the Divine

by Marion Van Driel   There is probably no other Christian practice that’s been more widely studied, discussed and written about than the topic of prayer. After all, prayer is conversing with God – deepening our relationship with Him. If someone came to you for advice on building a close relationship, what would you say? […]

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Hope Rising in 2017

by Rev Dr. Ed Hird O ur hearts were created to be filled with rising hope. For each of us in this New Year 2017, hope is a choice. Will we be hopeful or hopeless, thankful or thankless, joyful or joyless? Billy Graham said that people in the most affluent societies are feeling this sense […]

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Spiritual practices for the New Year

by Marion Van Driel  Every January it seems impossible to escape the overload of magazine headlines promoting health and fitness goals that will inevitably produce youthfulness, strength and longevity. In contrast, we seldom hear of people setting spiritual fitness goals – to engage in practices that strengthen the soul – in the knowledge, wisdom and […]

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Top notch worship music team at Vancouver’s Festival of Hope

by Frank King   For King & Country, Ellie Holmcomb, Phil Wickham, The Afters and Michael W. Smith. If you’re still looking for a reason to invite your non-Christian friends to at least one night of the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope, this lineup should be all the motivation you need. These artists, plus one […]

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GOD AND SANTA

Childish beliefs? Why this popular atheist taunt simply doesn’t add up by Andy Bannister The other morning, I powered up my iPhone to be greeted by a tweet from an atheist friend: “The only difference between God and Santa or the Tooth Fairy is that people don’t get slaughtered by believers in Santa or the […]

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Chances are… A bold campaign

by Marion Van Driel On September 26, a new 29-week campaign was launched by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) to engage radio audiences in thinking more deeply about today’s most commonly asked questions around hot button topics like justice, tolerance, suffering, happiness, success, love, depression and sexuality. Chances are, we all think about these subjects. […]