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Re: Shocking Statistics on Bible
Reading (May/Jun 2014)
Your recent article certainly
causes sober reflection on the
state of Christian faith, discipleship and practice. Rev. Rebecca
Brimmer recently provided
some insights on this vital subject [at www.faithtoday.ca/RRB].
I cannot help but ponder
the impossibility of a Bible-less
Christianity. It appears we are
in some measure there, and
the results are sadly speaking
for themselves, with examples
of deceived Christians and ob-
scured truths about the biblical
Hebraic roots and foundations
of our faith.
Matthew 24: 11 warns that
“Many false prophets will arise
and will mislead many.” Still,
God will raise up some to be
His voice – His biblical voice –
in this and future generations,
until Jesus returns.
depth of vision
Re: Evangelical in Quebec
It’s exciting to hear the clarity
and depth of vision for a truly
indigenous Quebecois church.
So, so encouraging!
Re: How to Welcome People
With Disabilities Into Church
The Bible’s focus on disability
is less on people with impair-
ments and more on those who
could build inclusive spaces,
programs and activities, but
do not. We are not to create
barriers in the first place. We
are to include, not exclude, a
wider range of human varia-
tion – including those who are
frail or who do not see, hear or
Yet, in church we discriminate against people with disabilities with our computers, sound
equipment and architecture.
The Accessibility for Ontarians
with Disabilities Act exists to
stop such irresponsible cruelty.
The silence about this must still
grieve the Lord.
John Jay Frank
Re: Books & Culture (Mar/Apr
I am troubled by the unfair review of Carolyn Weber’s Holy
Is the Day. I question why a
male reviewer was assigned to
evaluate a book clearly aimed
at [female] readers.
Weber’s memoir focuses on
the aftermath of a traumatic
event (a near-death experience
during emergency surgery
darren Roorda as the Canadian ministries director
of the Christian Reformed
Church in North America, a
binational denomination of
a thousand congregations
with 25 per cent in Canada.
Rev. Roorda, a pastor in
Kitchener, ont., was a
member of the church’s board of trustees,
but resigned prior to being appointed.
Christopher Ferguson as general
secretary of the World Communion of
Reformed Churches. this ecumenical
organization, based in Hanover, Ger-
many, represents Reformed, Congrega-
tional, presbyterian, Waldensian, united
and uniting churches, most of them in
the Global South, while working with a
particular focus on justice issues. Rev.
Ferguson, a former representative of
the World Council of Churches to the
united Nations in New York, is a theologian and pastor in the united Church of
The Indigenous Spiritual Ministry
of Mishamikoweesh, a uniquely
aboriginal diocese in the Anglican
Church of Canada, encompassing
over 25 First Nations communities in
Northwestern ontario and Northern
Manitoba. Rt. Rev. lydia Mamakwa is
its first bishop.
The Professional Association of
Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists is the new name for the
former professional Association of
Canadian Christian Counsellors. this
group, with headquarters in Saskatchewan, formed in 2001 and includes 250
counsellors across Canada.
new Online From Faith Today
Faith Today launched a new website and a weekly blog
at www.faithtoday.ca in May. Writers in the print magazine also contribute additional material to the blog.
Recent topics include: “We Just Don’t Get Muslims,”
“the localization of Grace,” “Why Not Just Go With
My Gut Instead of Reading the Bible?” and “How to Be
Called a Bigot in one Easy Step.”
Visit www.faithtoday.ca today! And watch for the
redesign of our print edition coming in September.