Flight Patterns
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Flight Patterns

Not all words have wings. Some are just box printed, quick texted and rarely get lift off. So as we sit perched on Christian Courier’s 75th anniversary, we are left to wonder: what boundless grace has granted us the privilege to write, print, share, preach, laugh and walk together all of these years? May we…

Competing Rights in a Media World
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Competing Rights in a Media World

I find it a challenge to balance staying informed about news and thinking within my faith community, being alert to other perspectives, and engaging in the public conversations that are shaping our society. This month, Christian Courier celebrates 75 years of connecting and building a community. Without it, we readers would be less connected and weaker in…

Redeemer University gives Award to CC Editor
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Redeemer University gives Award to CC Editor

Christian Courier’s editor Angela Reitsma Bick is the recipient of Redeemer University’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing her contributions to journalism as well as the Christian faith evident in her work and community.  Graduating from the Ancaster, Ont. university’s liberal arts program in 2001 and earning a master’s in English at Queen’s University, Reitsma Bick…

Virtue Signaling and The Cynic
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Virtue Signaling and The Cynic

In the politically charged early decades of the 21st century, there is a new term to describe the public performance of righteousness. These days, it’s called “virtue signaling.” Virtue signaling is when you share your opinion on a social or political issue simply to get praise or acknowledgment from people who share that point of view. It’s the social media equivalent of praying in public.

Story Fatigue
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Story Fatigue

There’s a reason Jesus told stories. We human beings are hardwired to see the world through the lens of stories. A couple of psychologists, Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel of Smith College in Massachusetts, proved this in 1944. They showed 36 college students a short film, which showed two triangles and a circle moving across a two-dimensional surface.

Called to be Cultural Heretics
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Called to be Cultural Heretics

Heresy is that which deviates from established beliefs. Christianity itself is therefore a heresy. Christianity challenges established beliefs in our culture. It is hard for a heresy to get a hearing because it seems foreign. I completed a strange semester with students at the University of Iowa as a campus pastor this year, while also teaching at a private college with a Reformed heritage. All my students have some church background, but their foreground is more Western culture.

To the Grads of 2020
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To the Grads of 2020

Come on! While we are honoured to be asked to deliver this weirdest of graduation speeches to the graduating class of 2020, what could we possibly say that John Krasinski hasn’t said already? How does one compete with Oprah Winfrey or Barack Obama as your graduation guests? Haven’t they and others of international calibre said it all by now? We’ve heard that these are unprecedented times. Likely you’ve heard that too.