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Why Colouring Matters

By Ann-Margret Hovsepian

Scrolling through my Facebook news feed one day, I saw a cartoon with the caption: “Colouring page for lazy people.” It featured a zebra, a panda and a penguin sitting together on a snow bank. I didn’t laugh out loud, but I couldn’t help grinning as I thought of certain friends who have not joined the adult colouring craze of the last year or so.

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The cartoon also reminded me that, without colour, this world would probably be a stark black and white or grayscale landscape. When you stop to think about it, colour plays a crucial role in our lives. It has both practical and esthetic purposes. We constantly distinguish between colours—when we get dressed or apply make-up, when we cook, in our gardens, while driving. Colour choices have great impact in fashion, décor and marketing because colour affects our mood.

The two rooms I spend the most time in at home—my studio and my bedroom—both feature wood furniture and a homey, cottage-y look, but they have completely different colour schemes. My studio is bright with mostly red accents and splashes of yellow and green. My bedroom walls are vintage blue and the décor accents are white or beige. The colours in my studio stimulate and inspire me, which is perfect for the creative work I do. My bedroom colours help me feel restful.

What we sometimes forget, when we get caught up in our colour choices, is that God created colour! He made it an intricate part of our lives, not only in the natural world around us—think of the brilliant foliage we enjoy every fall in Canada or a bowl of ripe fruit—but also in everything we touch. Our books, furniture, bedding, cars, shoes and toothbrushes all had colours chosen for them before they were manufactured.
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Urbana-bound!

by Gordon T. Smith

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The Nov/Dec Faith Today features a Canadian’s Guide to Urbana 15.

There is a rather large cohort of folks heading to St. Louis immediately after Christmas for the triennial Urbana gathering. I join them to contribute a couple of seminars but also to serve as plenary speaker for the business track.

And as I contemplate this trip, I am struck by the following: the genius of this event, surely, is that we recognize the stunning — simply extraordinary — potential of the young people from across this continent who are gathering.

Their talent, their intelligence and their commitment to the cause of Christ is heartening. It is not enough to have intelligence, talent and dedication to the right cause. It is only where we begin.

Now, the genius of the moment is to leverage that capacity.

For those of us who serve as speakers — plenary or seminar — we are seeking, to use the classic phrase, “apt words in season.”
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Creative Ideas and Practical Tips Define Book: Faith Today Subscription Promo

by Don Moore

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Receive Shifting Stats for free when you subscribe to Faith Today by the end of June.

Shifting Stats – Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond (World Vision, 2015)is catching the attention of church leaders with more than a thousand copies distributed during the first six weeks after its release. 

This book contains the short stories of 40 Canadian churches that have broken out of their “comfort zones” to creatively meet the needs of the people living in their changing communities.

Each of these innovative churches is responding to the demographic changes that have been gradually happening in Canada over the last 25 years. These stories were selected from over 200  that the Church Engagement Team at World Vision Canada uncovered over the past year through the Annual Church Leaders Forums and through individual meetings with denominational leaders.

These stories represent every region in Canada and include 25 different denominations. The churches range in size from 20 to 3000+ congregants and are found in a variety of rural, urban, ethnic and First Nation communities.

Listening to the responses of church leaders, they report that these stories are  inspiring to their leadership team and to their people. (Some have bought copies for each person on their church leadership team.) It’s pushing them to rethink their traditional way of doing ministry to see if there may be new ways they should consider to become more effective in accomplishing their mission as a church.

Each six-page story provides creative ideas and practical illustrations of how ministry can be done from different perspective. The authors provide insights into the common elements in these stories that explain their why they are so effective in what they’re trying to accomplish.

Commendations are coming in over the unique story matrix provided in the closing pages of this book that provide the reader the ability to sort through the stories by topic, region, denomination and church size. This is a great way to find stories that hold the greatest interest to the reader.

But overall, the most common response has been that this book provides tremendous hope for the future of the church in Canada. This is clear evidence that God is at work in His Church today in Canada for which we are truly thankful.

Rev. Dr. Don Moore is National Church Ambassador for World Vision Canada, and wrote the foreword and postscript for the book, co-written by Faith Today senior writer Patricia Paddey and Faith Today senior editor Karen Stiller. You can receive a copy of Shifting Stats for free when you subscribe to Faith Today by the end of June! (For Canadian residents and new subscribers only). 

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“Canada is home to one of the most multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-religous populations and the planet, and we’re facing some of the most significant upheavals inout nation’s history. So what does this mean for Christ’s Church?”

That blurb is from the back cover of Shifting Stats Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond, a new book published by World Vision Canada, an affiliate of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and co-authored by a Faith Today senior editor and a senior writer.Shifting-Stats-Cover

The book is part of our May/June Faith Today subscription deal: Subscribe to Faith Today and receive the book for free (an $18.99 value, important note: the authors of the book do not receive any monetary gain from its sales).

It seemed like an excellent fit for Faith Today readers, who we know care about the Canadian Church and love its stories. The book profiles 40 churches of various denominations, shapes and sizes from every corner of the country. This is not a book about Big Churches (although there are a few of those of course). It’s a book about ordinary churches in extraordinary times, being creative and responsive to the changing face of their communities.

It’s also a bit of a “how-to” in that the book provides tips, references and guidance for going forward in our own congregations. “Listen, then do. We learned the Church is heard best when it listens first,” the authors write in the conclusion.

The book is also full of EFC affiliate denominations and congregations. The ideas are simple. They aren’t even all wildly creative, many are as basic as responding to a need and reality with love and compassion. It’s about being the church to a changing Canada. You can find out about the subscription promo by clicking here.