From the Editors
What a creative joy it has been to give this magazine a makeover
Faith Today is one of Canada’s top Christian magazines, but maintaining excellence – on behalf of you, the reader, and of the God we all serve – requires a regular influx of new life.
Faith in the Motocross Pit
A young Canadian covers new ground with a unique ministry
From Exclusion to Welcome for Those with Disabilities
It’s time for churches to be intentional in inclusion
Inspiring Ideas from Canadian Churches
Gideons International in Canada Strikes New Path
THE NAME MAY be the same, but just about everything else is different for The Gideons International in Canada (www.gideons.ca). The 103-year-old organization has undergone significant, fundamental change in the past three years.
Evangelical Anglican Seminary Reaches Out to Canadian Churches
WYCLIFFE SERVES! is a new initiative from Wycliffe College, an evangelical Anglican seminary on the University of Toronto campus. Officially launched in May the initiative offers resources, conferences, courses and more to churches across the country to strengthen the Church for mission, says John Bowen, the Wycliffe professor and author who leads the endeavour. Wycliffe Serves! is meant to be a bridge between academia and the Church.
A House Is Not the Only Home for Toronto Ministry
WHEN DALE MINISTRIES was threatened by closing doors in 2012, director Erinn Oxford opted to tear down the walls rather than break up the close knit family in her care. The ministry, an outreach to a hundred or more significantly marginalized people in downtown Toronto, she explains, is more a circle of friends who look out for each other than just another social organization.
Kelowna Studio Brings Faith to Dance
A DANCE STUDIO in Kelowna fuses a passion for dance with a love for God. The results are a studio that is unique, nurturing and thriving. Laura Elliott is the artistic director of Creator’s Arts Centre. “Naomi [Bothe, the founder] thought she could put this new meaning she found in dance and Christianity together, and go out there and change the world,” says Elliott. The studio’s vision is “created to create and called to impact the world through the arts.”
Five Decades of Collaboration
It’s time to reflect on how God has blessed us.
It was 50 years ago this fall that a group of evangelical church leaders came together to form a national evangelical fellowship in Canada. They were deeply concerned about the theological drift they saw occurring in seminaries and pulpits in Canada. Likewise they were concerned about the shifts they saw taking place in Canadian society and wanted to foster an evangelical voice that could speak into the culture.
Chats with EFC Affiliate Leaders
Reaching Across Social Lines
Angela Draskovic is president and CEO of Yonge Street Mission in Toronto, a Christian faith community providing emergency help and fostering long-term change in the lives of individuals, families and the community.
Canada, along with many other countries, is nearing a crossroads on the issue of euthanasia. Laws differ around the world, from the very liberal application of euthanasia laws in Belgium (which allows child euthanasia) to countries that outlaw it completely, like France, the United States and Canada.
God and the classroom
Should children pray in class? Is it desirable, or even possible, for schools to teach from a religiously neutral perspective? Do parents have the right to determine which worldview shapes their children’s education?
Why Messy is Good
Out of the mainstream isn’t always a bad thing
Many years ago I served on a search committee for a youth pastor. In one of our preliminary meetings the chairman suggested we decide on the doctrinal “must haves” for any potential candidates. The committee identified five issues that were non-negotiable. I slunk deeper into my chair. I was 0 for 5.
Benefitting Society: B Corporations
B Corporations’ certification program fits with Christian values
Our culture assumes that society is best off if each business maximizes its own self-interest – basically, that greed is good. This encourages businesses to transfer costs of doing business onto anyone other than themselves – onto the environment perhaps, or various social support systems. We’ve seen the results of such behaviour in the collapse of various industries, like some of our East Coast fisheries.
Responding to the Ebola Virus
Canadians can help address the crisis in West Africa
Long live Liberia, happy land! A home of glorious liberty By God’s command!
Twenty Years of Starting Afresh: CCFCC
Association for pastors formed to help former clergy transition
The Community Christian Fellowship Church of Canada celebrated our 20th anniversary in May. Permit me to introduce our fellowship and share how God is blessing us.
Book & Music Reviews
In Defence of Shame
If we won’t blush, we won’t care.
Among the high-profile movies offered to us this summer has been Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, ostensibly a black comedy about the privations and absurdities of life on the American Frontier.