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The Problem of God: answering skeptics’ challenges to Christianity by Mark Clark

by Dan Rutherford Our increasingly secular culture has moved faith to the margins of life. Mark Clark writes from the context of a very secular part of our culture where the percentage of those who attend church has plummeted and those who declare they have ‘no religion’ has sky-rocketed.   It is in this context […]

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Spiritual Disciplines: Study

by Marion Van Driel September marks the beginning of the academic year. Students – eager, reluctant, passionate, indifferent or anxious – fill learning centers from kindergarten rooms to university lecture halls. But study is far more than an intellectual exercise. In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster asserts that focused and repeated study molds […]

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Freedom of Religion in Canada

Part 3 – using our freedom wisely by Marion Van Driel Recognizing that all Canadians have a constitutional right to voicing, practicing and involving their faith view in the political landscape, how do we as Christians use that right in a compelling manner? Trinity Western University President Bob Kuhn believes that we have taken many […]

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Connecting through art after immigrating to Canada

by Kristin Voth Two years ago, 17-year-old Baz Bedejim could never have guessed he’d be selected to create art exploring Canadian identity. A young teenager whose family had just immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, Baz initially had a tough time adjusting to life in Vancouver. Fortunately, he soon found himself in Youth Unlimited’s Creative […]

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Our Stories Shape Us

: history, faith & practice of the indigenous church in Canada by Marion Van Driel Anyone who has experienced a broken relationship knows that the mending requires long- term commitment to restore trust and wholeness. A half-hearted effort or quick “I’m sorry” won’t bring back long-term health. The journey towards reconciliation is long and often […]

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Sola Gratia

by Sarah Schrieber 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We’re commemorating the anniversary by highlighting its five rallying themes: Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura), Faith Alone (Sola Fide), Christ Alone (Solo Christo), Grace Alone (Sola Gratia), and Glory to God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria). Our family has quite the collection of Bible storybooks, […]

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Compelling reasons for church plants

by Jack Taylor   When it comes to restaurants, we hardly stop to examine whether our cities have reached a saturation point with the number and variety of cuisine offerings. New generations and new ethnicities long for something fresh, familiar or different. The establishments catering to the tastes of a critical mass survive – others […]

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52% factor for why new churches and campuses grow

People who attend churches or multisite campuses started in the last 5 years are 52 per cent more likely to invite friends and family to “consider faith in Jesus Christ” than at any other time in the life of the church. “This news, which we call the ‘52 per cent factor,’ offers a compelling reason […]

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Spiritual disciplines: Service

Losing the pecking order… by Marion Van Driel The air was tense in the upper room. The disciples were gathered around Jesus, keenly aware of the unspoken problem; no servant was present to wash their mud-caked feet, and those of their Master. They were trying hard to ignore the elephant in the room – eyeing […]

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Building God’s kingdom through Alpha

by Doris Fleck   With hundreds of Alpha courses starting up this fall across Canada, Alpha billboards adorn buildings, bus shelters and benches asking, “Is there more to life than this?” These provocative ads have resonated with thousands of people as they grapple with the meaning of life and the existence of God. Aimmey Chu […]