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Saturday
Nov242012

Calvin on Ephesians in an Open Classroom

Dr. Ephraim Radner (left) leads a conference on Ephesians, as seen through the lens of Calvin’s Commentary.

(Photo: Robert Mitchell

By Sharon Dewey Hetke

BIBLE STUDIES happen in homes and parish halls across the country while theological students study Bible commentaries in university seminars. But for three days in the idyllic village of Westport, Ontario, the college classroom was opened up so that anyone interested could study a Biblical text through the lens of a classic Bible commentator – in this case, John Calvin. And a noted theological professor was on hand to guide them.

Dr. Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, led the group in their study. The conference, while geared and advertised mainly to Wycliffe College alumni (both clergy and lay), was, in fact, open

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Saturday
Sep292012

At Work and Play in a Refugee Camp

The children we met in the refugee camps were excited to have visitors, and happy to shake our hands and say hello.    Photo: Karen Stiller


ON THE DAY I visited a sprawling, crowded refugee camp in the Maban district of South Sudan in late May, a new mother lay on the concrete floor of the hospital there, two hours after surviving an emergency caesarean section. She is alive, and so is her baby. In a muddy camp hosting more than 90,000

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Saturday
Sep292012

Kids with Voices Tackle a Dragon

By Marje Harrison

Kids with Voices taught children – many of whom had never been inside a church before – how to act, sing and construct costumes.

Photo: Marje Harrison

TRINITY CHURCH in Saint John, New Brunswick has a growing outreach programme: weekly meals for high school students, monthly breakfasts and dinners for anyone needy in the parish, and now a marvellous summer music programme for 7- to-11-year-olds.
Kids with Voices was introduced to the parish

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Friday
Jun222012

Rx for Deepening Debt

 

Pawnshops are thriving as more Canadians struggle with personal debt.
photo: Sue Careless

THE WORST THING about debt is that when you’re in it, it’s easy to get accustomed to being there. And the more accustomed you get to being there, the more your debt has a way of growing.
I know; my husband and I have been in debt. By the standards of the very comfortable-with-debt culture in which we live, our debt was modest; but it was persistent. In fact we allowed it to persist

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Friday
Jun222012

Canadian spearheads medical clinic in Mali

 

John Telgmann and Mama Djilla break the ground for the new Koura medical clinic.

Photo courtesy John Telgmann

By Debra Fieguth

FRIENDSHIP between a Canadian accountant and a Malian translation assistant that began 16 years ago has led to the establishment of a health centre in a remote African village. And along the way there have been spiritual transformation, political favour and lots of encouragement from friends and strangers.
It started when John Telgmann,

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