Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller are senior
editors of Faith Today.
When we interviewed CanonAndrew White, an Anglican leader known around the
world as the Vicar of Baghdad, he sat
on a hotel room couch, holding his
laptop and prayer beads. He began
the interview by asking his own questions of us: “How many children do
you have?” “Where is your church?”
He was being friendly, yes, but also
perhaps seeing who it was who was
about to ask him his thoughts on
reconciliation, on violence, on Christians fighting, on what is next in Iraq.
After all, this is a man with a $57
million price tag on his head, recently removed for his own safety
from the church he loves in Iraq.
White has been in the news and all
over social media recently, sharing
chilling and tragic accounts of
church members – particularly
children – being killed for their faith.
We didn’t ask him for those details, though. We wanted to go
deeper and find out what he has
learned through all this tragedy –
and what we can learn.
This interview dovetails with
Gord Heath’s cover story on Christian thinking about war and peace.
He reminds us how Evangelicals
don’t all share the same views on
war – and never have. Understanding that can equip us to handle this
difficult topic more fairly and
thoughtfully – a need as pressing
now as it has ever been.
Whatever your position, we en-
courage you to show “where is your
church” by giving generously to
our global neighbours affected by
armed conflict. You can always
find a worthy ministry organiza-
tion by visiting our publisher’s
website at www.theEFC.ca/Affili-
ateSearch and entering a search
term such as “Syria.”
In that harsh international light
some of our troubles in Canada
seem minor, but they are real and
this country is the place where God
has placed us.
“Boldly Stated,” a story on Canadian institutional codes of conduct
by Ron Csillag, emerged from a
lively editors’ discussion about the
Trinity Western law school situation
and the huge impact a couple of
words can have on the life of a Christian organization. This piece sheds
light and offers some direction.
Of course, there’s lots more to
chew on in this Faith Today issue.
But we want to make space here to
bid a fond farewell to Rob Robotham,
a skilled designer ( www.robert
robotham.ca) who has worked on
this magazine longer than any
other Faith Today staff. We wish
him all the best. Whether you have
met him or not, you have definitely met his work over the years.
Thank you, Rob! /FT
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Volume 33 • Number 1
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Bill Fledderus, Karen Stiller
Janice Van Eck
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Kevin Flatt, Matthew Forrest Lowe, Meagan
Gillmore, Lisa Hall-Wilson, Gordon Heath,
Renée James, Marianne Jones, Alex
Newman, Patricia Paddey, Ryan Paulsen,
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