Dale and Jean Quesnel have more than 100 children – and a few grandchildren – all living in China.
I have, as a result of my engagement with Coakley, taken up silent prayer. Once or twice a week I derail my trains of thought, turn my cellphone off, and sit for twenty minutes, inviting God to work in and around me, but otherwise shutting up. I have not yet slain patriarchy at its root, but I have noticed a new sort of quiet confidence, a dawning belief that I do not have to earn a relationship with God through my own personal awesomeness. It’s not spectacular. But it’s also deeply unlike me – as subversive of my usual ways of operating as quiet in a prison cell. And it wouldn’t have happened had I not read Coakley.
A poem for Thanksgiving.
In the Book of Revelation, we are given a picture of heaven, a place where “they will hunger no more and thirst no more.” This Thanksgiving, pause to offer thanks. Pause to give. Extend your thanksgiving beyond the holiday.
One of my children died. My wife and I were struggling. I felt like the Lord said, “Make your wife’s dream come true.” She had always wanted to go to Africa. We had friends working at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya, and they invited us out for a year to be dorm parents. It ended up being 14 years. Africa can get a hold on you.
A small, formerly bi-national Anabaptist denomination has more than doubled in size in Canada over the last 15 years — in an era when most mainline denominations are experiencing decline. The Brethren in Christ (BIC) grew from about 3,500 members to over 10,000 Canadian attendees in the last 15 years. While the numbers are due mostly to the crowds that gather at expanding regional sites of The Meeting House megachurch in southern Ontario, it signals a new day for the denomination.
After five years at the Centre, its current Director, Visser-Wikkerink, is attempting to read the Bible from a more indigenous perspective, assisted by the community at the Centre and Indigenous theologians in Canada. Her goal is to let go of the western European constructs through which most CRC members view the Bible.
Faith communities in Canada can contribute to the necessary change in social attitudes to make buying of sexual services socially unacceptable. While moralistic messages are often dismissed in our pluralistic society, Christians can help to promote the dignity and rights of all persons and help to build a society that enables all people to live with dignity.
Smith offered this assessment: “The narrator finds inner courage and self-worth in her work as an aide in a group home. The parallelism of visible and invisible disabilities effectively broadens the theme. The imagery of the story is subtle and effective, the car and the piano, for example, serving as tender portraits of the narrator herself.”
Benjamin Groenewold Van Dyk’s story, “Night Sailing,” won high praise from the judges and a well-deserved Honourable Mention. Witvoet explained, “The author has a wonderful way of building up the plot of the story, from puzzlement to awareness of why a shocking event can turn into a future of liberation, not sorrow. The source of the characters’ suffering is subtly hinted at. The author has a poetic way of describing the environment and dares to juxtapose memories and current reality.”
I want you to know that in the last 20 years there’s been a revival in the church and among the people of God. A resurgence of God’s Word among the Cuban people has worked like the resurrection of the Lord, which I bear witness to with these stories.
In extreme cases, social isolation can also be deadly. A 2010 review of studies of social isolation concluded that social isolation is as strong a factor in early death as alcohol consumption and smoking less than 15 cigarettes a day.