BEHIND THE SCENES
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, Ont., and
Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
editors of Faith Today.
Whether or not Septem- ber is “back to school” in your world, it cer- tainly has a “getting
down to business” vibe for most of
us. Our cover story reflects that.
John G. Stackhouse Jr., settling
into his new position at Crandall
University in Moncton, has provid-
ed us a great essay to highlight on our
front page: “In search of…adequacy:
meeting the challenges of our time
with intellectual rigour.”
If it sounds heavy, be assured it is
just the right weight. This is an
article for everyone – pastor, lay-
person, teacher. Here’s a quote to
whet your appetite:
Just as we generally put our
trust in our family doctors,
while still feeling free to look
up medical information online
and chat with our friends
about their hospital stays, so
we ought to have confidence
that our pastors are equally
reliable experts. Are they?
Last year the National Post ran a
story about Vancouver’s Downtown
Eastside, unpacking charity work
in what is known as Canada’s poorest postal code. That story raised
questions in our minds about what
it’s like to minister there. Vancouver writer Julia Cheung takes us to
the “DTES” to look for God at work.
Ministry in challenging locations
has always raised questions. Short-
term mission trips, for example.
How useful are they? Who really
benefits? Such questions lined up
well with an invitation to join a
Samaritan’s Purse trip to Cambodia. Karen Stiller was a full team
member, slogging it out with everyone else. But also observing and
speaking to the Canadian and
Cambodian team members about
the unique dynamics of such a trip.
See what you think.
There’s lots more in this issue
just waiting for you to savour. If you
think of a friend who’d appreciate a
free copy, please email us and let us
know. We’d love to do that for you.
Getting Canada’s Christian magazine into the hands of new readers
is one of our big goals this year.
Another is to share the importance of Urbana, North America’s
largest student mission conference.
This event, held by InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship every three
years over Christmas holidays, has
changed the lives of many young
We recently held a contest on
social media and are excited to announce that Faith Today is paying
the registration for Jeanie Qiu, an
Alberta university student. Meet
her at www.faithtoday.ca/Jeanie.
Watch for more on Urbana in our
next issue, and on Facebook and
Twitter in December! /FT
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September / October 2015
Volume 33 • Number 5
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
Rachel Baarda, Philip Boudreau, Ashley
Chapman, Julia Cheung, Erica Grimm, Lisa
Hall-Wilson, Liz Harmer, Craig Macartney,
Annika Pretchuk, John G. Stackhouse Jr.,
Allison A. Trites, Robert White, Sarah Van
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