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Tuesday
Nov142017

Left Behind: John Calvin & the Six Solas of the Reformation

Portrait of Calvin attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. (Public Domain)

By Jon Vickery

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS after Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, many Protestants are setting aside their accustomed distaste for liturgical feast days, and are celebrating the galaxy of sixteenth-century reformer-saints with gusto. Some will limit their celebrations to beer and sausage, peppered with a few anecdotes of Luther’s admirable earthiness. But others will want to savour the Reformation

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Fidei Defensor? 

(Photo: Sue Careless)


I DON’T WANT TO pile on to the recent dust-up concerning our newly-appointed Governor General’s rather patronising comments in which she lumps together all people of belief, be it in a creator God or horoscopes or the curative power of ‘sugar pills.’ In case it was unclear

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Monday
Oct022017

UofT Debate: Is God a Figment of Our Imagination? 

Alister McGrath (top) and Michael Shermer (below). Photos: Dhoui Chang/Wycliffe

By SUE CARELESS

ALMOST A THOUSAND people, 45 percent of them students, assembled in Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto Sept. 15th to hear a debate on the topic: “Is God a figment of our imagination?” 

Alister McGrath, the atheist who became a theist, and Michael Shermer, the theist who became an atheist, spoke for two hours in what proved to be

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Monday
Oct022017

Icon Writing with Children

What are icons and how can they enrich our faith and worship? How are icons created? These are some of the questions Kate, Bella and Eric explored this summer. Photos: Sue Careless

By Siobhan Laskey

AT ST. MICHAEL’S YOUTH CONFERENCE (Maritimes) one of the highlights for the teens, and indeed everyone, is the Friday night pageant when the upper level students relate the story of our salvation through a series of narrated tableaus. As the story begins

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Thursday
Sep212017

Just One More Time

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, c. 1556, by Jan van Hemessen. (Painting: Public Domain)

By Tim Perry

IF YOU’VE GROWN UP in church – as I have – if you’ve spent significant chunks of your summers at church camps or Vacation Bible Schools – as I have – you know the parable of the unforgiving servant very well.

Whether it’s familiar or not, I think it’s off-putting. Unnerving. Frightening, even. And I also think

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