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Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
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When we picture you reading this issue of Faith Today, we im- agine you on a lakeshore in one of those classic
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Or, perhaps you’re in a campground watching your kids throw a
Frisbee. Or maybe you’re in a lawn
chair overlooking your backyard,
with ice cubes clinking in your
We’re aware life doesn’t necessarily become one long, idyllic,
sunny adventure in the summer.
Frankly, around here it’s more a
matter of one kind of busy-ness
being replaced by another. But we
do assume a slightly more relaxed
pace, and we try to plan the summer magazine accordingly.
It’s a chance to reflect and reassess, and be open to hearing invitations from God to consider doing
things a little differently this fall.
The cover story equips us to
think about crucial conversations,
why they matter and how to do
them well. All of us have found
ourselves in these at times – the
kind of conversations, often un-planned, where all of a sudden we
realize it’s a make or break moment. This could go really badly! Or
This might put our relationship on
the road to recovery Or Could this
put our ministry team back on the
“The Joy of Missing Out” is also
gently thought-provoking like that.
We found ourselves challenged to
consider that perhaps we are a
little too attached to our social
media streams and smartphones
for our own good.
We were very happy sociologist
Reg Bibby was available to speak to
us for the FT Interview this issue.
When the Angus Reid survey came
out this spring showing that Canadians are more interested in religion than we might have thought,
we turned to Reg (who worked with
Angus Reid on this project) to unpack it and help us understand what
is happening in our country. He’s
always a pleasure to speak with.
You’ll also find some opportunities to consider the wider world –
hear some good news from earth-quake-damaged Nepal, understand
more deeply and sympathetically a
conflict in East Africa, and marvel at
the growth and international influence of a francophone megachurch
that grew up right near Montreal.
You may find yourself praying
differently after reading these articles. We hope so.
And there’s even more to come
with the September issue – your
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have a blessed summer. /FT
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We hope so.
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July / August 2015
Volume 33 • Number 4
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Bill Fledderus, Karen Stiller
Janice Van Eck
Jeff Dewsbury, Debra Fieguth,
Alex Newman, Patricia Paddey
James A. Beverley, Bruce J. Clemenger,
Kevin Flatt, John G. Stackhouse Jr.,
Sheila Wray Gregoire
Carolyn Arends, Keith Brink, Ashley
Chapman, Christina Crook, C. David
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William Ho, Marla Konrad, Craig Macartney,
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Resch, Tim Schroeder, Deanna Smid, Jenna
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