Of all the sights, sounds and smells associated with the Christmas season, none more swiftly transports me to memories of Christmases past and fills me with all the joy and majesty of the season as listening to the opening strains of Handel’s Messiah. Although the oratorio beautifully tells the full gospel message better suited to Easter, the first few notes of the overture, played during Advent, seem to set the stage for this entire grand narrative that begins with Jesus’ birth, and I feel like my soul lights up like a Christmas tree upon hearing them.
According to David Kinnaman, author of unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity . . . and Why it Matters, fewer than half of churchgoers, including born-again Christians, felt strongly that their church demonstrates unconditional love. Fewer than half? One would think unconditional love would be a dominant trait of a group of “Christ-followers.” This sounds like an identity crisis.
Every year around January 2 our family gets tired of “Christmas food.”
When God calls us – the weary and heavy laden – to come to him, he is inviting us to consume his life-giving and sustaining, healing power, that lasts forever.
What is it about turkey dinner that transforms leftovers from the dreaded L-word into dreams of delicious turkey buns, turkey salad, turkey divine and soul-comforting turkey soup?
Harriette Mostert lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario.
Her husband and three children are glad she’s taking a short break from a Master’s of Education program so she can cook more elaborate meals.
What’s the appropriate place for technology in our lives? How much time should we give to our screens? CC conducted an informal survey to find out.
We all have memories associated with food. Sometimes the very first bite of a certain dish will transport us back to time spent with a loved one or a special event or vacation.
On June 26, 135 cyclists will begin a nine-week journey across Canada.
“To me, this is an ideal time. This is the church without walls. If the government or anyone else were to ask, ‘What are you doing to celebrate Canada’s 150th?’ we can share what we are doing and why,” Peter Slofstra explained. “It allows us to testify to a different way of living that moves from inwardly-focused living to putting others first. It is the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) impacting a whole nation, inspiring people towards good.”
Is there anything more Canadian than maple syrup?
It was recently my turn to bring in snacks for the staff at my workplace. This is no small feat, as every Wednesday, just before 10:00 a.m., a small army of piranhas – er, I mean people – begin to hover around a 4’x3’ island in the staff room, eagerly awaiting to devour this week’s offering.
Christian Courier recently polled communities across Canada to find out what you think about the current landscape of Christian Education