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Joey Royal 

The Rev. Joey Royal (centre) with his ATTS students Martha Kunuk, Esau Tatatoapik, Nina Kautuq, Sarassie Arragutainaq, Manasee Ulayuk and Annie Keenainak in St Jude’s cathedral.

Photo: Lucas Attagutsiak  

Sharon Dewey Hetke talks with the Rev. Joey Royal about this Fall’s reopening of the Arthur Turner Training School in the Diocese of the Arctic, and about teaching with the Scriptures at the centre of the classroom.

 TAP: Tell us about the beginnings of ATTS.

JR: The Arthur Turner Training School first opened in Pangnirtung [on Baffin Island] and ran for 34 years. Many of our Indigenous clergy over the years have been trained at ATTS. The building we were using was a little mission hospital but it became unusable – the climate in the Arctic takes its toll

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Howard Edwards 

Mchungaji (Pastor) Howard Edwards and his family divide their time between Kingston, ON and ministry in Tanzania. Howard was recently made a Deacon by Bishop John Adiema in the Diocese of Rorya, Anglican Church of Tanzania, and will be priested in December 2016. Sharon Dewey Hetke talked with him recently in Kingston.


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TAP: Tell me about ACrossMission and its focus.

HE: We work in Northwest Tanzania, in the Mara region, and we work across denominations. I would say that about half of our supported ministries are Anglican. They’re a wonderful group of Indigenous Tanzanian pastors.

TAP: How did you first became connected with mission work?

HE: I met Bishop Mwita Akiri from Tanzania in the foyer of Wycliffe College where I was studying. It was an interesting conversation, and ended with “You should come and visit Tarime.” So I went and a lot of the things that I presumed about the church in the Developing World were shaken away. I found a church with very knowledgeable, very gifted pastors who were living in very hard physical circumstances

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Kate Bowler: Understanding the Prosperity Gospel

(Photo: Duke University) 

Dr. Kate Bowler is assistant professor of History of Christianity in North America at Duke University and author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford, 2013), which traces the rise of a Christian belief that emphasizes faith, wealth, health and victory. Her recent diagnosis with stage 4 cancer has cast a shadow on her life and work, but has also, paradoxically, led to a deeper spiritual understanding in the midst of suffering and loss. Roseanne Kydd interviewed her this past April.

RK: Could you define the Prosperity Gospel for us?

KB: It’s known either as the Prosperity Gospel (PG), or sometimes Health and Wealth Gospel where God desires all to be healthy and wealthy in this lifetime. In the eighties they called it the Name It and Claim It

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On Losing Sight but Seeing Christ: J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer (Photo: Sue Careless)

Interview By Ivan Mesa

 “Over Christmas macular degeneration struck so that I can no longer read or write.”

For many who have appreciated and benefited from James Innell Packer’s writing ministry – the author of more than 300 books, journal articles, book reviews, dictionary entries and innumerable forewords – this will come as especially saddening news.

Packer, 89, will no longer be able to write as he has before or travel or do any regular preaching. Macular degeneration

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Christmas, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith

Photo: Orvin Lao

Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith was the keynote speaker at the

Desiring the Kingdom conference held in

Toronto Oct. 22-24. Sue Careless

interviewed Dr. Smith there. 

This is the second part of an interview that first appeared in the Advent issue.

TAP: Did you grow up in a Christian home?

JS: I did not. I grew up in a genetically Scottish village in southern Ontario with a vaguely Presbyterian culture that had a strong sense of morality and a kind of civil religion. But I was not raised in the church or with Bible stories. I would never have thought of myself as an atheist – I had some vague awareness there was a God. I was a good kid. But I felt I hadn’t heard the gospel

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