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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

2015

 
Dealing with Religious Differences

How can we talk about reasonable accommodation for religious symbols in Canadian society? (November, 2015) 

Someone is Looking for Your Vote

Now is the time to set the agenda and tone of the election campaign. (September, 2015) 

Stewarding Religious Freedom

While we invite others to follow Jesus, we must respect their God-given freedom to believe otherwise. (July, 2015) 

Advancing Religious Freedom

How should Christians respond to recent court cases clarifying the scope of our religious freedom? (May, 2015) 

Choosing Between Life and Death

How to promote the sanctity of human life after the Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide? (March, 2015)

Making moral judgments

Will we all remain free to make countercultural, faith-based choices?  (January, 2015)

2014


A Time to Care, a Time to Act

People nearing death need our care and tangible expressions of love.  (November, 2014)

Five Decades of Collaboration

It’s time to reflect on how God has blessed us.  (September, 2014)

Forgiveness and Healing

The RCMP funeral in Moncton was a profound experience we can all learn from.  (July, 2014)

The Supreme Good

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms has made intervening before the courts an important part of promoting biblical principles in Canadian society.  (May, 2014)

Where’s the Threat?

Religious symbols don’t compromise the secular nature of governments in Canada. (March, 2014)

We’re More Than What We Do 

Sustaining the principles that shape our laws and impact our lives. (January, 2014)

2013


But It's My Body!

Canadians of differing religions and philosophies can agree to limits on what we may do with our bodies. (November 1, 2013)

What Does Your Church Look Like?

Is it also a community centre and disaster response centre? (September 1, 2013)

Two Days in June

Are our laws on prostitution and euthanasia outdated? (July 1, 2013)

Afraid of Debate

Fear is the only thing preventing a parliamentary debate on abortion law. (May 1, 2013)

A Disability Doesn't Define a Person

We are all image-bearers of God. (March 1, 2013)

Selling Embryos?

We don't buy and sell people. [republished Feb. 26 at the ActivateCFPL blog] (January 1, 2013)

2012

Fatherhood and the Fatherless

Let's pray and act for Canada's adoption-ready children. (November 1, 2012)

Faith and Public Debate

Should faith-based arguments be excluded from public debates? (September 1, 2012)

Serving or Being Served

How should we discern technological innovations? (July 2, 2012)

How Broad Is Your Gospel?

Are business and economics religiously neutral? Of course not! (May 2, 2012)

Unexpected Affirmation

The Supreme Court of Canada agrees neutrality is philosophically impossible, which is good news for people of faith. (March 2, 2012)

Don't Turn Them Away

Caring for vulnerable children and youth is our shared responsibility. (January 9, 2012)

Rethinking Discipleship

We live in a culture that seeks to separate belief from expression, but Christian discipleship calls us to integrated lives of witness to the gospel. (January 9, 2012)

2011

In a Secularized Culture

The quest for God today often shows up as a quest for justice. (November 1, 2011)

Hate Speech Versus Speaking in Love

Christian principles can help as Canadian lawmakers consider the definition of hate speech. (September 1, 2011)

The Canadian Way

Canada handles the intersection of faith and politics differently than Britain, France or the United States. (July 1, 2011)

What Principles Sustain Our Laws?

If we don't nurture the principles that sustain our social programs, we may lose the will to maintain them. (May 1, 2011)

Commercialization and Its Limits

When confronting the commodification of humans, true progress means affirming the dignity of all and limiting what can be bought and sold. (March 1, 2011)

Renewing Canada’s Care for Children

The old adage that children should be seen and not heard is not something Christ practised. (January 1, 2011)