When the Canadian Bible Engagement Study was released, we brainstormed how we could help Faith Today readers make sense of the data.
The report ( www.theEFC.ca/BibleEngagementStudy)
is a troubling examination of how much – or how little –
Canadians use the Bible. Even most
of us who identify as Christians rarely
But that didn’t seem to ring completely true to our experiences with
church small groups. Wouldn’t those
of us who meet weekly with a small
group be more likely to engage regularly with Scripture?
Exactly which aspect of small groups makes the difference hasn’t been proven. Peer pressure? Deadlines to
completing a Bible study? The sheer power of community?
Whatever the combination, we found small groups to
be an important story. Read on to find out how they work
and – most importantly – why.
Our treatment of soldiers struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was a story longer in the making.
We started discussing it in early 2014 when it seemed a
week did not go by without the tragic news of soldiers or
veterans taking their own lives. We realized we really didn’t
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