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We Just Don’t Get Muslims

By Tarun George

The church in Canada just doesn’t get Muslims. We don’t really understand them, and if we’re honest, we’re not sure we want to try. Like many Christians in Canada, I am a relative newcomer to the struggles of Muslims here, especially first-generation immigrants. But in researching a recent article in Faith Today about their relationship to the church, I met a group of Canadian Christians and ‘Muslim-background believers’ (MBBs) who have been labouring for years to show the love of Jesus to Muslim communities. Their stories are not particularly glamorous, so we rarely hear about them. But in a country with over a million Muslims (StatCan National Household Survey 2011, a conservative estimate), the work they do is critical.

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The Localization of Grace: Bringing Home God’s Peace

By Carolyn Weber

Each home has its unbelievers and its believers; and thereby a good war is sent to break a bad peace.” St. Jerome’s words remind us that bringing the peace of God to the family table can be anything but, well, peaceful.

Reconciliation with God, and with one another, can run the most difficult in families, perhaps because families are such loaded relational nests. I am convinced this is why Shakespeare, for instance, literally set his timeless plays within family dramas.

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Why Not Just Go With My Gut?

A reflection on the danger of reduced Bible usage in Canada.

– By Rick Hiemstra

Link to Faith Today article by Alex Newman

Editor’s note: Our article Shocking Statistics on Bible Reading recently introduced the Canadian Bible Engagement Study, which Hiemstra helped to co-ordinate. We asked him to articulate why it’s so important to read the Bible.

Why do I need the Bible – why not just go with what I feel? If I need to connect to God, isn’t prayer enough? Won’t the Holy Spirit guide me?

It seems many Canadians are asking these questions. The new Canadian Bible Engagement Study suggests that only 11% of Canadians read the Bible at least once a week, down from 21% in 1996. Over that time there has been a growing cultural trend to look within for the deepest truths about ourselves, the world and even God.

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Church Planting, So What?

– By Alex Newman

Click picture to see the original article in Faith Today.

You can usually tell you’re on to something when research raises more questions than it answers. While working on the church plant story, one thing kept nagging at me. So what? And who cares?

Sounds shocking, but let’s consider the times we live in. The church is under fire not only for its claims of knowing Truth, but its intention to spread that Truth. Evangelizing the developing world was one thing, but turning its missionary zeal on the developed, enlightened, self-determining and relativistic world is sure to raise hackles. Especially since North Americans have made it clear that Christianity’s demise is not only natural, but desirable. In short, they don’t care to hear about it.

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Great Expectations in Church Planting

By Doug Koop


When it comes to launching new churches in Canada, we are living in the best of times, which may also be the worst of times. The upside is that just about anything goes. The downside is, well … it’s that just about anything goes.

And church is increasingly optional.

When I was asked to write an article about new church plants in Winnipeg, I was drawn to a couple fresh expressions of Christian witness that struck me as community-focused in their ethos and wholistic in their methods. My bias skewed towards groups I believed to be demonstrating a creative concern for the people they seek to serve in God’s name.

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How To Be Called a Bigot in One Easy Step

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TWU President Bob Kuhn

I feel vulnerable every time I research and write something that brushes up against the issue of same-sex union, or anything that might be perceived to be any thing less than tolerant and loving of the LGBT community.

I feel nervous for two reasons: 1. I am a scaredy-cat who likes to be liked and I used to be cool (I think). 2. It is so incredibly difficult – maybe impossible – to be heard in today’s Canada as anything less than a bigoted homophobic crazy person on a rant.

That is one of the things that interested me about Bob Kuhn, president of embattled Trinity Western University, and why I was intrigued to speak to him for the May/June Faith Today Interview. In today’s Canada, how do you gird your loins sufficiently to lead a battle to have a law school at a Christian university that requires students to sign a community covenant pledging to keep sex in marriage between a man and a woman?

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Être évangélique au Québec

The following article appears in our Mar/Apr 2014 issue in English form. Here is a translation en français. Comments in English or en français are welcome at www.facebook.com/faithtoday or at editor@faithtoday.ca.

Dans une province pas comme les autres – alors que, plus que jamais dans l’histoire du Canada, tout est remis en question – les Chrétiens évangéliques se taillent une identité personnelle et communautaire.

Par Jenna Smith

Dimanche soir, centre-ville de Montréal – Je suis à l’événement de formation en implantation d’église du C2C, atelier visant à équiper et à mobiliser l’Église au Québec. Le hall d’entrée de l’église Evangel Pentecostal est rempli à capacité de pasteurs, d’implantateurs, de membres de diverses congrégations et de leaders d’église.

Nous avons tous connu notre juste part de fiascos lors de rassemblements chrétiens dans cette ville, mais ce soir, les gens autour de moi semblent agréablement surpris de la tournure des événements. Les mouvements d’implantation de nouvelles églises comme C2C et Transforme Québec – qui a pour vision d’implanter 25 000 nouvelles églises au Québec au cours des 40 prochaines années – font des vagues dans les milieux évangéliques.

La pensée religieuse traverse une période unique et décisive au Québec. À l’Assemblée nationale, les politiciens se prononcent sur le libellé de la Charte des valeurs. Radio-Canada mentionne qu’une paroisse catholique a fermé ses portes à chaque semaine au cours de 2013. Les défenseurs des droits de la personne et les médias signalent la montée des incidents racistes contre certains groupes religieux, notamment les Musulmans.

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