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Off you go to the printers! See you soon.

Today we hit ‘send’ on the latest issue of Faith Today, shooting it out of our computers directly to the printers’, almost right on schedule. The last few days of a magazine’s production cycle involve poring over pages and pdfs, tweaking design (although our designer is so good we rarely do any tweaking) and trying to pick up any last stray errors or omissions. And then finally saying, “Done!”

Here it is! A sneak peek at our Jul/Aug issue. We’d love it to be your first issue as a Faith Today subscriber.

In about two weeks we will have the glossy, deliciously real magazine in our hands, ready for distributing, reading, flipping, sharing with friends, and fanning out on coffee tables (or this time of year, maybe straight to the cottage?).

We know you will enjoy this “birthday issue” of Faith Today. Not our birthday of course, but Canada’s. When we began to sketch out the issue we knew we wanted a kind-of aerial view piece on the evangelical Church in Canada. Where have we come from? What are our milestones, even as our country celebrates a biggie? And, perhaps most intriguingly, where are we headed? This one story, by veteran writer and intrepid-challenger-of-the-status-quo, John G. Stackhouse Jr., takes the lion’s share of space in this issue, as it should. But it is balanced beautifully with an essay by Mark Buchanan, a writer whom we think is one of Canada’s best. He’s been thinking about King David a lot lately, and what David can teach us about friendship.

We met up with Christine MacMillan at a conference recently in Ottawa. She is a leader in the Church in Canada who is now on the global stage with the World Evangelical Alliance. She’s been in the pages of Faith Today before, but not as the lead interview. We’re so glad she sat down with us and opened up about what she is seeing going on in the evangelical Church worldwide, but also about her own recent journey with cancer, something she refers to as the “cross of the unexpected.”
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In search of … adequacy

Meeting the challenges of our time with intellectual rigour

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.

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Why John G. Stackhouse Jr. Wants us to Think Differently

We’re interviewing Stackhouse! And we’re offering one of his most popular books as a subscription bonus during Sep/Oct. John G. Stackhouse Jr. is an author and professor, and a popular Faith Today columnist. Stackhouse recently moved from Regent College in Vancouver to Crandall University in Moncton to join the faculty as professor of religious studies and dean of faculty development. And, he writes the provocative cover story for the Sep/Oct Faith Today. It felt like a good time for a Q and A with this award-winning scholar and public communicator. 

"Let’s ask each other, 'What do you think about that?' and then, 'What do you think God wants us to think and do about that?' Conversations would change pretty quickly, wouldn’t they?" asks John G. Stackhouse Jr.
“Let’s ask each other, ‘What do you think about that?’ and then,
‘What do you think God wants us to think and do about that?’ Conversations would change pretty quickly, wouldn’t they?” asks John G. Stackhouse Jr.

FT: You’ve recently made a big move, from Vancouver and Regent to Crandall and Moncton. Can you tell us how you are settling in? And what you are most looking forward to in your new role there?

JS: By North American standards, at least, I’ve made a few “cross-cultural” moves before: from northern Ontario to West Texas as a teen; from Chicago to rural Iowa as a newly-minted PhD; from Winnipeg to Vancouver and from the University of Manitoba to Regent College in mid-career; and now to the Maritimes and Crandall University. I love teaching students at any level—from first-year beginners to doctoral students—and I am delighted to find a third job in a row that lets me range beyond the customary disciplinary limitations of the academy. (Normally, you must be a theologian OR a historian OR a philosopher OR an ethicist.)

What will be new for me at Crandall, however, is the role of Dean of Faculty Development, which I see in a “player-coach” model. I love helping new scholars get grounded and oriented and encouraging mid-career professors to focus on their strengths and thus increase both their enthusiasm and their effectiveness.

FT: Your passion for the “intellectual health” of the Canadian evangelical church comes out loud and clear in the Sep/Oct cover story. What are your top recommendations for individuals and churches stemming from that story?

JS: First, we have got to read more, and read better. We receive dozens of messages every day, some of them helpful while many are inimical to Christian commitment. Clever people are behind many of those messages, and we need to be informed and trained to filter them properly. Only a course of regular and rigorous reading—books,magazines, and websites—and, yes, podcasts and online courses of high quality—can help us keep our feet and maintain a path of faithfulness in such a media storm.
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Living Day by Day When it is More Difficult Than Ever

by John G. Stackhouse Jr.

Oil prices recently sank to a four-year low and the International Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.30.01 AMEnergy Agency, a consultancy to 29 countries, predicts they will fall further in the year to come. As Canada’s economy depends so much on oil production, our petrodollar is only in the “high 80s” and likely to drop further. Remember when our dollar was at par with the American, and oil prices were expected to go up and up, and Alberta’s tar sands looked like a really mucky gold mine?

Who foresaw the new Russian czar risking war to annex parts of Ukraine? Who predicted ISIS’ reign of terror? Who, besides some paranoid screenwriters, imagined something like Ebola making its way out into the rest of the world?

At the end of interviews on a recent event or trend, journalists customarily ask the experts on the hot seat to predict the future. This practice continues even though we all recognize that no one will remember what they said and hold it against them five years from now, so they can say what they like. And no one can infallibly predict what will happen five months or five weeks or five days from now, so now it really doesn’t matter what they say.

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