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Sunday
Dec102017

Bill's Books: Bill Reimer gives us some of his top picks of 2017

(Photo: Sue Careless)

Bill Reimer is the manager, and has been for many years, of Regent College Bookstore, one of North America’s largest surviving theological bookstores. He attends

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Sunday
Dec102017

Nativity Sets Children Will Love

By Sue Careless

SMALL CHILDREN often mispronounce Nativity sets as ‘activity’ sets, which is fine in one sense. Those designed for youngsters are meant to be handled and played with. For a hands-on experience, forget ceramic, glass or porcelain and bring on fabric, wood or durable plastic.

We gave a wooden toy creche to William, our two-and-a-half-year-old grandson, when he came to our home for a visit. As we adults were unpacking it from its box, William was as quickly repacking the figures into his backpack. There was almost no time

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Sunday
Dec102017

Christmas books for children: Long ago and far away – yet here and now 

Reviewed by Sue Careless

HOW MANY STORIES enchant us because they begin “Long ago and far away….”? The birth of our Lord did occur long ago, over two millennia – and, for those of us in the West, far away in the Middle East. Theologically we could take it even further back: Christ’s birth was foretold by the prophets and, pushed further back still, he existed with the Father before all worlds. As for far away, he came down from heaven, from outside our universe, beyond both space

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Cadfael and his Creator 

Edith Pargeter wrote the The Chronicles of Brother

Cadfael series under the pen name ‘Ellis Peters.’ (Supplied Photo)

By Sue Careless

“FICTION, AT ITS BEST, expands our moral imagination,” writes Robert Fulford, and after reading Ellis Peters’ The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, I would add that it expands our spiritual imagination as well. 

Cadfael is the medieval sleuth in a series of murder mysteries by the

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Thursday
Sep212017

Three Fine Films

(From top) Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Queen of Katwe, the true story of a young girl from rural Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess; Ruth Williams Khama (Rosamund Pike) and Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) in A United Kingdom; and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Katherine Goble Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) meet John Glenn (Glen Powell) in Hidden Figures.

Photo (from top): Edward Echwalu; BBC Films;Fox 2000

Reviewed By Sue Careless

ONE OF THE TRICKIEST challenges when running a Christian camp for teens or a youth group is finding a film for movie night that will be suitable for a wide age range and a variety of maturity

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