100 years of Psalm 100
Editorial | Family Life | Opinion

100 years of Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,……..bring sunshine into every room, pass out smiles like peppermints. What tricks you must have played, having an identical twin sister, so alike that even your father had to tickle you both and watch for Paula’s dimple to say, “Oh, that one’s Ali!” Worship the Lord with…

A productive year
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A productive year

Christian Courier has a small staff – eight people, all across Canada. Because we work from home already, the pandemic didn’t change our work habits . . . but it did add some wrinkles when it came to child care! Kids we taught during “distance learning” while still doing CC work: 12 Kids currently being…

Finding the upside
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Finding the upside

By a wide margin, the most-viewed article on our website this year was Lloyd Rang’s column called “The upside of COVID-19.” Despite the title, this was not a feel-good fluff piece; it was an honest examination of the challenges we were all facing in March. And it clearly resonated with you, as it was read…

Wings of Grace
Editorial | Media & Culture | Opinion

Wings of Grace

My friend’s son came home from his first week of school, saying “Mom, now we have to guess our spelling words; the teacher doesn’t say them anymore.”  “That can’t be right!” she replied, asking more questions until she understood his confusion. His class has been merged with another grade for the first time, and while…

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down
Editorial | Holidays | Opinion

7 Tickets to Scotland Just Before the World Shut Down

For five months now, we’ve sheltered-in-place and hoped that would beat the pandemic. We’re grieving our losses, braced for the next plot twist. It feels like we’ve left the literature section and entered science fiction. Headlines have an apocalyptic tone. “What is it all for?” Frodo, bone-weary with his burden, asks Sam in The Two Towers.

The Canadian Restructuring
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The Canadian Restructuring

Earlier this year, the Canada Corp. of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) of North America sent a letter to churches announcing upcoming changes to the structure and leadership of the Canadian side of the binational church (as reported in “Context Matters,” Feb. 21, and “Two National Expressions,” May 11, both by Angela Reitsma Bick). In an attempt to understand the restructuring process currently underway, and to discuss some of the related concerns of members of the CRC in Canada…

CC Wins 11 Awards!
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CC Wins 11 Awards!

On June 26, the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (CCCA) held its annual Awards Ceremony online. During the hour-long celebration, Christian Courier’s name came up regularly as our writers and staff received awards in 10 different categories, including four first-place awards! CCCA President John Longhurst hosted the Awards, given for work published in faith-based publications in 2019.

The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed
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The Dog I Didn’t Know We Needed

We spent most of January in our backyard, avoiding a virus. Yep, January. It was because of our puppy. She was two months old and unvaccinated, so staying home kept her safe from canine parvovirus, an infection that kills 91 percent of untreated dogs. But the risks of not socializing a puppy are also real: without being exposed to new people, animals, sounds and places at a young age, dogs react badly to new things later on.

‘Two National Expressions’
Church Life | News | Reformed

‘Two National Expressions’

On April 9, the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) cancelled its annual June Synod due to COVID-19. The CRC’s smaller Council of Delegates will have an online meeting in June for any agenda items that cannot be postponed until 2021. Meanwhile, February feels like years, not months, ago, so it’s hard to remember the week when proposed changes to the CRCNA’s governance structure were front page news.

What to Read While the Kids Are Home
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What to Read While the Kids Are Home

Try The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer. Twins Alex and Conner leave regular life behind when they travel through a storybook into a world where fairy tales are true, and their beloved grandmother is actually the Fairy Godmother. Can stories inspire us? Can we draw courage from the characters we read about? This warm, funny book is packed with adventure as Alex and Connor find out. (Junior fiction)

My Mentor Bert
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My Mentor Bert

The week that Bert Witvoet died, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and Canadians began hoarding toilet paper. “At last!” I imagined him saying. “No toilet paper? This could be Christian Courier’s moment – people will need newspapers again!” The joke might look a little bald here, but I’m pretty sure Bert could carry it off.