Community care
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Community care

While Nova Scotia has been relatively healthy throughout the pandemic, there has been a general feeling of angst and uncertainty in the air. This was heightened by the mass shooting that occurred here last April. The tragedy hit very close to home and intensified the feelings of grief and loss.Figuring out how to continue to…

Different On purpose
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Different On purpose

I remember making the announcement: “We’re moving immediately to a livestream-only format for Sunday services. Oh, and all other groups are either cancelled or moving online. “Hopefully we’ll be back for Easter!” Sigh. When was the last time 12 months felt like 12 years? We miss seeing each other eyeball to actual eyeball. Pouring coffee…

Faith at home
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Faith at home

When we made the switch to virtual worship, we continued to offer our weekly Young Children in Worship story time. Although originally intended for children, it became apparent that many age groups were enjoying it. Because of this, and because we believe that “parents are the most significant religious influences in the lives of their…

Held to account
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Held to account

I’ll begin by saying that the revelations about the behaviour of Ravi Zacharias made me sick. Others have told me they feel the same way. Christianity Today and other news outlets have covered the story. As a young teenager, I used to listen to Ravi Zacharias’ Let My People Think broadcast in the backseat of…

‘Third Third of Life’ ministry
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‘Third Third of Life’ ministry

In response to the declining attendance of young people, many congregations are doing the important and necessary work of reaching out to Millennials and Gen Zs. But there are three trends accompanying the outward migration of younger generations that ministry leaders should also pay attention to:  Some of the parents of our emerging adults are…

A unique Canadian church happening
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A unique Canadian church happening

I have read a few dissertations and am happy that most were never released into the general population. Such scholarly scribblings might discourage many readers from ever thinking about graduate school. Then along came Peter Schuurman’s revamped dissertation, The Subversive Evangelical. Many in Canadian churches have awaited this book for some time. Its subjects –…

Songs to savour
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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
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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”…