In an interview with Christian Courier in early August 2016, World Vision Canada’s president Michael Messenger commented, “We’re deeply concerned with the situation (in South Sudan).” In November 2015, Messenger visited South Sudan, calling it one of the most “fragile contexts” in which World Vision works: “It is one of the toughest places in the world that we work in terms of security, in terms of safety, and in terms of the ability to see long-term impact.”
It goes by many names: pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, violence against women. We all know, on some level, that it exists, but especially for white North American Christians, it is easy to pretend we aren’t affected by it and to assume these are the result of lifestyle choices for people who don’t share our morals. We might feel sorry for the ones we can’t avoid acknowledging as victims, but because it’s such a horrible reality, we don’t know how to talk about it, let alone begin to think about how to stop it. Discomfort and fear paralyze us, and self-righteousness enables our apathy.
In the 1930s a group of friends called “the Inklings” began to gather for drinks, conversation and mutual encouragement. Led by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, the group consisted mostly of Oxford dons but included members from other fields as well. Eighty years after their formation, the group continues to fascinate millions. Together, they testify to the powers of imagination and friendship, and they hold out hope for anyone seeking to overcome evil with good.Login to View
I needed a reconstructive experience and I thought that roaming to another country to tell the stories of the people there would be the perfect next step. Literary criticism uses a term called “defamiliarization.” It comes from the idea that one of literature’s purposes is to reveal a life truth by presenting it from a different angle.
In this story, a shrewd interdimensional swap brings new life to a homeless girl and just desserts to a spoiled princess. Brent van Staalduinen says, “This clever narrative blurs the boundaries between time and space, challenging not only the social order of the story’s collided worlds, but the reader’s assumptions and preconceptions as well.”Login to View
Can a remotely-delivered sermon replace the presence of a flesh-and-blood pastor? Bert Witvoet shares his thoughts: christiancourier.ca/columns-op-ed/…Tweeted Yesterday