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17/12 December

17/12 December

Mission and Ministry Spotlight

Mission and Ministry Spotlight   Camp Squeah Canada Silent no More Christian Friends of Israel Creation Science CSB Ministries Discipleship International Hope for Korah HOPE Outreach Inner Hope International Christian Response M2/W2 Mercy Ships Missions Fest Mission to Seafarers Perspectives Reasons to Believe Samaritan’s Purse Theos Feast Union Gospel Mission Water Ambassadors Canada     […]

17/12 December

Spiritual Disciplines: Celebration

by Marion van Driel It seems rather odd to think of celebration as a discipline. Isn’t celebration a significant part of our human DNA? Workweek drudgery is softened by anticipation of weekend fun – a mentality not necessarily restricted to secular culture. In the Christian community, we too, often feel the need to ‘let our […]

17/12 December

A philosophical satire on Santa Claus

by Stefano Piva At Christmas we often think about the fat man with a beard, who rides a flying sleigh, squeezes down the chimney, and gives out gifts. And if you sneak out of bed at the right time you might even catch him having milk and cookies and kissing mama. But as we grow […]

17/12 December

Where is God when it hurts?

by Dr. Dave Currie Tragedy after tragedy. Hurt upon hurt. Everyday it seems we hear more sad or heartbreaking news. Fill in the blanks with the latest story impacting your world. It seems there’s no end to the assaults, atrocities, adversities, ailments and accidents that we and those around us have to absorb. What makes […]

17/12 December

Vancouver Christmas Market: German traditions revived

by Keri Vermeulen The traditional outdoor German Christmas market is alive and well, producing delicious tastes, twinkling sights and nostalgic sounds in downtown Vancouver. The 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market, at Jack Poole Plaza, is the city’s biggest one yet, with 75 quaint wooden vendor huts and a warming tent called Alpine Haus, festive family […]

17/12 December

Make a difference

by Angelos Kyriakides Being homeless is hard enough, but during the cold season the stakes are higher than usual. Coastal rains make the situation worse by soaking many on the streets who have no easy way to dry themselves. Add to this our freezing temperatures and it’s not hard to see the challenges of being […]

17/12 December

A different kind of thrift store

by Angelos Kyriakides When people hear the words “thrift store,” lumber and flooring tiles aren’t usually the kind of items that come to mind. However if anyone were to venture into one of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, those are the kind of products they are likely to find. ReStores are thrift stores that sell home […]

17/12 December

A cultured Christmas

by Agnes Chung and Jack Taylor Argentina: Christmas in summer The Europe of South America, Argentina has a long history of Christmas traditions dating back to the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1516. More than 80% of the population identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. Most Argentinians are of Spanish, Italian and other European lineage. Their […]

17/12 December

The reformer and Christmas: another side of Luther

by Marion Van Driel Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation finds us wondering at Luther’s courage as he dared challenge the political and religious leaders of his day to change their ways. It’s easy to imagine Martin Luther in his solitary cell, furrowed brow, Bible open, working out his doctrinal positions, ink and […]

17/12 December

CHILLIWACK snapshots of faith

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities snapshots of faith]   TABLE of CONTENTS (click below to go to:) • background info • housing • aboriginal presence • homelessness • ministerial • hospital chaplaincy • ‘Chilliwack Connect’ • three Christian ministries – Salvation Army, RAN Mission, Cyrus Centre • Chilliwack Pastors Perspectives…    Shawn Vandop – Main […]