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Spirituality

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 […]

17/10 October

Spiritual Disciplines: Guidance

by Marion Van Driel “I feel God leading me to . . .” is a phrase we often hear in the Christian community. What does that mean? Unless we’ve understood the process of discernment, we may, in fact, be merely seeking God’s blessing for a specific direction of our own will. Discernment is best practiced alongside […]

17/10 October

Connecting Mission and Intercessory Prayer

by John Hall To have effective mission, there must be intercessory prayer. We are called to be God’s representatives on earth, extending his Kingdom spiritually and physically. Our cities, our nations, our world needs Christians to be people of prayer Most Christians know the extraordinary promise of Jesus in John 14:12-14 where He says, “and […]

17/10 October

Soli Del Gloria

By Reginald Smith 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). I sang with Elder Clinton Taylor in the gospel […]

17/10 October

500 years after the reformation

By Marion Van Driel Every year when October 31st comes around and we reflect on the Protestant Reformation, I am transported back to the memory of a few thousand voices exuberantly singing Martin Luther’s well-known hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. On the Sunday evening closest to the date, our local churches gathered for […]

17/09 September 2017

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 […]

17/08 August 2017

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 […]

17/07 July 2017

Spiritual Disciplines: Submission, letting go of our own way

by Marion Van Driel   One of the first words children learn is ‘no’. Early on we clearly convey what it is we want and don’t want. Inherent to our human nature is the emotional – if not physical – defiant stamp of the foot, protruding bottom lip, collapse and wail – whatever it takes […]

17/07 July 2017

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 – […]

17/06 June 2017

Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude, a deep inner silence

by Marion Van Driel   Being alone is uncomfortable. Being alone in total silence can be terrifying. And yet, solitude is considered a spiritual discipline. In his bestselling book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster writes, “Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude . . . Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.” Our dependence […]