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Bruce J. Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and publisher of Faith Today, comments on major Canadian trends and issues related to ministry and public policy.

Click a range of years below to browse a complete list of his columns.

2017-2016

| 2015-2011

| 2010-2006

| 2005-2001

2010

A Wake-Up Call: Caring for Canada’s Children

It is -- or should be -- a national concern. (November 1, 2010)

Canada’s 30,000 Adoptable Children in a Labyrinth of Policy and Social Issues

What can we do to be culturally transformative and care for tens of thousands of parentless Canadian children? (November 1, 2010)

Called to Love Our Neighbour

Evangelical activists such as those profiled in this issue are working out their Christian faith and meeting immediate needs. They continue a long and venerable tradition. (digital replica of original) (March 1, 2010)

Taking "Christian" Out of Christian Ministry

Canadian religious charities that serve the general population face a major challenge in the Ontario case of Heintz v. Christian Horizons. (digital replica of original) (January 1, 2010)

2009

Slavery in Canada

Any buying and selling of human life is an affront to the Christian world view – and to the principles all Canadians share. (November 1, 2009)

Presence, Perseverance and Persuasion

Let’s ensure Canadians appreciate – and our laws reflect – the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. (September 1, 2009)

The Ongoing Impact of Billy Graham

Two of Billy Graham’s greatest contributions are his integrity and the international networks he helped to found. (July 1, 2009)

A Matter of Human Dignity

A Supreme Court case requires us to consider our commitment to the sanctity of human life. How dedicated are we to uphold it value? (May 1, 2009)

Enjoying Life With God

An advertising campaign promoting atheism leads to reflection on enjoyment, self-restraint and how we live out our faith. (March 1, 2009)

Discipling the Mind

Christian higher education helps us bear witness to the full implications of our faith in all areas of life. (January 1, 2009)

2008

Hopes for Canada’s 40th Parliament

Good governance requires civility. (November 1, 2008)

China and the Church

Let's vow to continue praying for China after the Olympics, especially for its government leaders and its Christians. (September 1, 2008)

Integrity in Public Ministry

A challenge against an employer's Christian lifestyle policy is an opportunity to explain integral Christian faith to a secular world. (July 1, 2008)

How Churches Shape Culture

Churches must play both pastoral and prophetic roles. (May 1, 2008)

Muslims and Public Policy

Blaming social changes on Muslim immigrants is simplistic and unhelpful. (March 1, 2008)

Living In-Between

Palestinian Christians can teach us how the Incarnation can influence our daily lives. (January 1, 2008)

2007

Meeting President Ahmadinejad of Iran

A meeting in New York City afforded an opportunity to try to understand the controversial leader. (November 1, 2007)

Healthy Ministry Requires Clarity

To free us to act on our gifts requires we agree on who is responsible for what and who has authority to set direction and assign tasks. (September 1, 2007)

The Environment or God's Creation?

The Earth must be stewarded, cared for and respected – for it is not ours but God’s. (July 2, 2007)

Practising Generosity

Let generousity become a discipline that characterizes our lives.  It will be a form of witness in a materialistic society. (May 2, 2007)

The Charter: Uncharted Territory?

Let’s be articulate and engage fully in public discussions about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and about applying the principles of justice. (February 28, 2007)

Becoming Reconcilers

Evangelicals in the Middle East are strategically placed to make a difference in the region. (January 2, 2007)

2006

Responding to Distortions

Rather than being incompatible with Canadian society, Evangelicals contribute positively in all areas of life. (November 1, 2006)

An Uneasy Conscience

Why do almost one-third of Canadians tell pollsters they feel uneasy around born-again Christians? (September 29, 2006)

An Integrated Faith

Remembering the influence of Francis Schaeffer and how he encouraged integral thinking. (June 23, 2006)

The Ottawa Manifesto

On the call to fight homelessness. (April 26, 2006)

Have Evangelical Optics Changed?

Election ushers in a new maturity towards Evangelicals. (March 1, 2006)