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Monday
Apr012013

Two Churches Reach Out to the Depressed

Allyson Eamer (Supplied photo)

By Allyson Eamer

THE JOHN HOPKINS Health Alerts Newsletter recently described studies which suggest that when it comes to combating depression, people with a set of regular spiritual practices and beliefs have an advantage over those who don’t. (1) This further underscores the mandate for church leaders to provide godly support and resources to parishioners with depression. As Paul Scuse, an Individual, Marriage and Family therapist, puts it:

Scripture tells us that God reaches out to us and loves us, even as we are experiencing depression.  God may also bring into our life

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Thursday
Feb142013

Redeem the Commute

(Photo: Robert Robotham)

By Debra Fieguth

THE COMMUTE from the suburbs to downtown Toronto can be long, exhausting, or just plain boring. According to Statistics Canada, the trip to work in Toronto takes an average of 45 minutes each way – the longest in the country.

Plus, says Diocese of Toronto church-planter Ryan Sim, the commute dictates everything else about your life: waking and sleeping times, what you eat (because you’re in a hurry), what kind of childcare you get, what kind of car you drive, and what you do with the precious leisure time you do have.

So when he began researching the community of Ajax, just east of Toronto, in November 2011, Sim soon realized that the daily commute was a major factor influencing what kind of church life

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Wednesday
Feb132013

Are We Cheating God When We Pray From a Prepared Text? 

By Sue Careless

WE ARE CALLED by God to be a people of prayer but if we are honest, none of us is as prayerful as we should be. We all struggle with prayer: we talk a lot about God but not enough to him. We could all use some encouragement to become more prayerful across the day and across our lives.

Is it acceptable to find that encouragement from the prayers of others? Are we cheating God when

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Thursday
Dec202012

Expecting Emmanuel: A service for the heavy-laden

(Photo: Sue Careless)

 

WHY IS IT that we often enter Advent with more sighs than smiles? Weariness and not joyfulness often characterizes our December mood. It’s hard to focus on the coming Messiah with so many other things demanding our attention. That reality is why, on the second Monday of December each year, St. John’s, Vancouver holds a service

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Thursday
Dec202012

Give the Gift of a Children’s Classic*  

(Photo: Sue Careless)

*Just don’t tell them it’s a classic

By Sue Careless

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not worth reading at the age of fifty. – C.S. Lewis

A book read aloud is a book better remembered especially if the reading took place in childhood. – Wm. Henry Chamberlain 

WHAT AN AMAZING gift we can give to the children in our lives by sharing with them a classic from children’s literature. And if we want to offer an experience, not just an object,

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