We have a painting in our living room that moves me. It’s of a horse, which sounds funny. But it’s a horse emerging out of nowhere, thundering from the background off to one side, clearly racing forward. It is inspired by the famous racehorse Secretariat.
And, the painting is inspired by Job 39: 19-24. “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?” asks God of Job. The artist, Patty Kingsley, is one of so many artists whose work is inspired by their faith, and whose work inspires our faith.
Some of my better friends are not welcome in my church. It’s not because the people in my church are bad people — to the contrary, they are kind and generous.
Chances are my friends wouldn’t be welcome at your church either.
The friends I’m speaking of are people who suffer from homelessness and chronic poverty.
These are the people who we hurry past in the street, the mall, wherever, if we actually see them at all. Some are mentally ill, some have addictions issues, some come from homes of multigenerational poverty.
Meeting the challenges of our time with intellectual rigour
By John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Much prayer, hard work, costly co-operation and considerable money – all are required of Christians to address the challenges of contemporary society. It has always been so – for those fighting world wars, enduring depression and dust bowl, facing epidemic or environmental disaster, immigrating to a new country.
Yet our present challenges have something in common – a complexity that means we can’t just pray and work and co-operate and spend our way out of our troubles, the way Canadians have solved problems since Confederation. We are going to have to think our way out of them too.
Canadian Evangelicals might seem poised for the serious and sustained analysis and reflection our moment requires. As a whole Canadians are among the best-educated people on earth, with a higher proportion of our population receiving postsecondary education than in any other country.