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Engineering change around the world

by Marion Van Driel   Two recent graduates and one current student of UBC’s Engineering Program spent part of their summer bringing hope to specific communities scattered across the globe. Volunteering with Engineering Ministries International (EMI), Emma Brown, Luke Lee and Herman Wong served as interns on teams using their engineering skills on projects to […]

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Men’s Ministry in the Lower Mainland

by Howard G. Pike   For well over a decade, authors like John Eldredge, Robert Louis and Dr. James Dobson have been sounding the alarms that the Church is in trouble. Pollsters like George Barna and Reginald Bibby have documented the loss of men from the pews of local congregations. The response in the States […]

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Reading the Bible today

by Keri Langley   As the worship music ends, and words of both praise and desperate need from the assembled worshippers quieten, the pastor comes to the pulpit and prepares his flock to dig into the unchanging Word of God – the Bible. In the congregation, the arms that were once reached up to the […]

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Filling in the gap

First Christian Reformed Church’s pastor, Reverend Trevor Vanderveen, was sensing increasing pressure back in June 2012. New government legislation was transforming the refugee system in order to slash the number of so-called ‘bogus’ asylum claims, but it was declaring an increase in the number of privately sponsored refugees to be welcomed. How could his church […]

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Enjoy the things money can’t buy

Money doesn’t buy happiness:  People with $10 million dollars are no happier than people with $9 million dollars. That old joke misses the point, of course, but it does bring up a fact:  people often imagine having more money will make them happier. There is a growing scientific movement that studies happiness, and its relationship […]

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The sanctity of life

Whether you are prolife or prochoice, the number of abortions is numbing – over 100,000 pre-born children are terminated every year in Canada. And for the woman who aborts, she faces the possibility of post abortion grief and risks to her personal health. However, there is good news. It was the spread of the Gospel […]

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A passion for the fatherless

Something is happening in Whalley. It’s passionate, it’s grass roots and street level, it’s fuelled by Jesus and it’s picking up steam with the hard work of two guys with a heart for young dads who have little or no positive male role models in their lives. They are reaching out to a group that […]

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Celebrating Church Unity

The Lower Mainland. It’s beautiful, diverse, rich in natural resources and generously populated by talented, creative people from all walks of life – and that’s not just the landscape and demographics, but reflective of the citywide Church of the Lower Mainland. But how do we celebrate thousands of other Christians, and receive them as members […]