Songs to savour
Arts & Culture | Church Life

Songs to savour

In my recent essay, here in Christian Courier, I reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of some of the music – particularly Christian music – I have been collecting across the years. If I could bypass these pandemic days and invite you to our house, you could see amid the hundreds of records and hundreds…

Our Christian witness during COVID-19
Church Life | News | Politics

Our Christian witness during COVID-19

“You’re invited to our drive-in service this Sunday with live outdoor preaching!”  Though that line would have made no sense to us a year ago, most Canadian churches have adapted to the restrictions aimed to stop the spread of COVID-19. But some church leaders remain adamant that “for the church to exist, it must gather”…

Bringing Christmas to the world
Church Life | News

Bringing Christmas to the world

Many Christians take down their Christmas trees shortly after Christmas Eve. As their trees are awaiting pickup at the curb, others are still celebrating “Christmastide,” a season that stretches from the celebration of Jesus’s birth at Christmas on December 25th through to the celebration of Epiphany on January 6th. A celebration of God unveiled Epiphany…

The politics of space
Church Life | News | Social Justice

The politics of space

Though COVID-19 dominated headlines for most of 2020, prominent monuments were in the news a few times throughout the year as the statues of historical figures all over the world were vandalized. Both Christopher Columbus and Sir John A. MacDonald were beheaded, as Roland DeVries wrote about for CC in September. Perpetrators protested Columbus’ connection…

New ways to find Christ this Christmas
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New ways to find Christ this Christmas

Many people attend Christmas church services who would never otherwise set foot in a church building – and the season is upon us. How will churches host Christmas and Advent gatherings during COVID-19? How can we share the gospel during a time when so many people are ready for hope and peace? These are questions…

A Lenten Year
Church Life | Holidays | Opinion

A Lenten Year

COVID-19 has changed our lives in ways we don’t want them changed. And it will change our Christmas celebrations in significant ways, but I’m wondering, as difficult as those changes will be, if the pandemic might have a positive impact on our celebrations. Could COVID-19 deepen our experience of Grace from Advent to Easter and…