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Wednesday
Apr012009

Book Review: The Guide to Best Practice in Short-term Mission

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada worked with Christian leaders from across the country to develop the Code of Best Practice in Short-term Mission. The result is a benchmark or set of standards that EFC claims "flows from the desire that God be glorified in all we do and that we serve in the highest standards possible." We asked Kim Beard to evaluate the Guide.

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Wednesday
Apr012009

Good Question

Our parish has a service every day in Holy Week. If I were to go every day, I’d have to organize my whole week around Church! This may be OK for those who are particularly pious, but what about ordinary busy people with families and jobs?

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Wednesday
Apr012009

Theological Definition: The Passion

It is a fortunate accident or a gift of divine Providence that when we speak of Christ's “Passion,” we use a word that describes both the depths of suffering and the power of love. The word 'passion' comes from the Latin pati, “to suffer.” Thus Christ's “Passion” is his suffering. Over time “passion” has come to mean especially overwhelming romantic desire. With respect to such desire we are “passive” in that we do not choose or create it, but “suffer” it in the same sense that Jesus “suffered” or “allowed” the little children to come to Him (Mt. 19:14 KJV). “Suffering” in this sense does not necessarily imply pain! As we go up with Jesus and his disciples to Jerusalem in Lent and Holy Week, we witness the suffering of the Son of God, and pray that our eyes may be opened to the depths of the divine wisdom and charity. Our desire is that we may “suffer” it -- that is, that we may “allow” the love of the blessed and holy Trinity. We disallow the love of God in the face of Christ by our inattentiveness -- our refusal to look constantly to God in faith, penitence and adoration.

The “Passion Gospels” are selections from each of the four Gospels that tell the story of Christ’s suffering. These Gospels have been read publicly each day in Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Good Friday since very near the beginning of Christian history. J.S. Bach and others have set these Gospel readings to music that is stunningly beautiful with titles like The Passion According to Saint Matthew or The Passion According to Saint John.

Wednesday
Apr012009

The Vital Work of Church Planting

There has been a sharp decline in attendance in the Anglican Church of Canada for several decades and many wonder why the denomination is failing in its mission to present the good news of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs to hear it. Growing numbers of people see the Church as irrelevant to their culture. To try to reverse these trends, bishops, clergy and laity gathered Feb. 17th-19th at the Third Annual Vital Church Planting Conference in Toronto. The conference, co-sponsored by the Diocese of Toronto and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism, brought together those who are on the cutting edge of the discussion to network and learn.

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Wednesday
Mar042009

Theological Definition: Heaven

The Bible speaks of ‘heaven’ and ‘the heavens’ but seldom uses these words in quite the way we do.

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