Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 35:3-7, Psalms 126, Luke 7:18-30 Isaiah 35:3-7 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of
Last month the Nobel committee awarded their annual Peace Prize to Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, and Denis Mukwege, a doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They received the award jointly “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/press-release/ I
As a child I went to Keheewin Elementary School. The school’s name “came from Chief Keheewin of the Cree Indian Band...named after the ‘Eagle’ (‘Kehew’ in Cree).”http://keheewin.epsb.ca/media/elementaryjuniorhighschools/keheewin/datafiles/Keheewin_Handbook2015-16.pdf But while attending there I don’t recall ever meeting any Cree people, or First Nations people of any kind, for that matter. Even though I grew up
On a hot August day in 2016, a car full of young adults drove onto the property of a Saskatchewan farm. Those in the car say they were looking for help with a flat tire. Those living on the farm say the occupants of the car were trying to steal property and were trespassing on
The song “Linus and Lucy” made it’s television debut in 1965 as part of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since then, the song has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the lexicon of popular jazz music and is now synonymous with Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. People may recognize the religious significance of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special
When looking for people and events that help define Canadian cultural identity there is a fairly predictable list of exemplars that we tend to reference – Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of penicillin, Paul Henderson’s winning goal against the Soviets
I remember sitting in the car with my friend, a friend who identified strongly with the LGBTQ community, had since high school, and yet still faithfully attended the pentecostal church where we first met. I remember my friend wishing they could invite all their gay and queer friends to come to church and experience it as a loving community, but also expressing fear for the judgement these friends might experience in coming there.
Like many church kids I grew-up listening to Bible stories. From the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers, to Samson ripping off the city gates with his bare hands, from David
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These days, when you ask a Canadian what religion they would identify themselves with, the majority of people (about 65%) will still tell you that they are part of a Christian tradition, even though these numbers have been in decline for over 40 years.