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Thursday
May052016

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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Thursday
Dec172015

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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Sunday
Nov222015

Advent, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith

(Photo: Sue Careless)

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.  

TAP: As a brainy philosopher it takes some guts to admit humans are heavily influenced, sometimes unconsciously, by our senses and our imagination.

JKAS: Yes, I’m a philosopher pointing out the limits of thinking.  

TAP: You call us liturgical, narrative, imaginative animals. What do you mean by liturgical animals?

JKAS: Human beings are creatures whose habits and loves and orientations are shaped by the rituals they are immersed in, not just

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Wednesday
Oct072015

A Letter to the Canadian Church from George Sumner

(Photo: Sue Careless)

GREETINGS IN CHRIST! Upon the occasion of my departure from Wycliffe College as principal after 16 years, I was asked to answer some questions about myself, the college, and the state of the Church it serves.  I have to the best of my ability assimilated the question, and this is my summative answer.  I was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in May, and have just received

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Wednesday
May272015

Trinity, 2015: Mark Regis

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In his ministry as associate pastor at St Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto, Mark Regis helps prepare couples for marriage. Sue Careless asks what he has learned about marriage from the course he leads and from his own 8-year marriage to Ruthia.

 

TAP: What is your role in preparing couples for marriage?

MR: There is a four-stage process:

I meet with the couple interested in having their wedding at St. Paul’s to discuss the process, make a pastoral contact, gather an initial sense of the couple and pray for them.

They participate in our five-week Alpha marriage preparation course

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