100 years of Psalm 100
Editorial | Family Life | Opinion

100 years of Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,……..bring sunshine into every room, pass out smiles like peppermints. What tricks you must have played, having an identical twin sister, so alike that even your father had to tickle you both and watch for Paula’s dimple to say, “Oh, that one’s Ali!” Worship the Lord with…

A productive year
News

A productive year

Christian Courier has a small staff – eight people, all across Canada. Because we work from home already, the pandemic didn’t change our work habits . . . but it did add some wrinkles when it came to child care! Kids we taught during “distance learning” while still doing CC work: 12 Kids currently being…

Finding the upside
News

Finding the upside

By a wide margin, the most-viewed article on our website this year was Lloyd Rang’s column called “The upside of COVID-19.” Despite the title, this was not a feel-good fluff piece; it was an honest examination of the challenges we were all facing in March. And it clearly resonated with you, as it was read…

Spotlight on readers: Richard Bodini
Opinion

Spotlight on readers: Richard Bodini

In this 75th anniversary year of Christian Courier, we are turning the tables in order to put a spotlight on you, our readers! Meet some of our faithful, long-time subscribers alongside folks who have started reading CC more recently. Today we are delighted to hear from Pastor Richard Bodini, Chaplain of Holland Christian Homes in…

Giving Thanks at a Bigger Table
Holidays | Opinion

Giving Thanks at a Bigger Table

Happy Birthday, Christian Courier! Isn’t it lovely how this aligns with Thanksgiving? A very fitting coincidence. In these days of counting our blessings and holding on, it’s wonderful to have a real celebration like this to mark. We may be restricted when it comes to physically sitting down at extended family tables this Thanksgiving, but this…

Grace Before Everything
History | Media & Culture | News

Grace Before Everything

Seventy-five years of Christian Courier (and predecessors) is an astonishingly unlikely achievement. The little engine that could. A survivor. I’m more than a little proud of having been a small part of its history, more than a little proud that my words – as an elementary student, a high school student, a young teacher, a retired teacher,…

Redeemer University gives Award to CC Editor
Media & Culture | News

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…

Dutch Reformed Bingo in Canada
Features | History | Immigration

Dutch Reformed Bingo in Canada

When I was an adolescent in the late-70s and early-80s, Calvinist Contact was the place to find out what was going on, for the Dutch Reformed immigrant community in Canada. CC wrote about the wider world in which we lived. And it shaped our smaller ethnic and religious world. It reflected the ease with which Dutch Reformed folk made connections with each other, figuring out people that they knew in common.

Welcoming a Young Writer
Features | Media & Culture

Welcoming a Young Writer

I first met Bert Witvoet at a collaborative art luncheon at church. He made me feel immediately welcome, not in the too-familiar style of an obligatory attempt to recruit a new member to church, but with sincere interest in who I was. We had a lot in common: he was a former Christian high school…

How CC Changed My Life
Family Life | Media & Culture | Opinion

How CC Changed My Life

When I was a kid, my dad would disappear into his study and close the door.  From inside, you could hear the steady clack-clack from the old manual Underwood typewriter as the letters slammed against the cylinder, punctuated by the occasional “ping” at the end of each line and a waft of pipe smoke from…