BEHIND THE SCENES
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, Ont., and
Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
editors of Faith Today.
As we read through this issue one final time be- fore sending it to our printer, authenticity was
a theme that jumped out at us.
People here are not interested in
pretending it’s easy to be a Christian in today’s world.
Here are a few of our favourite
“I was shocked. How could my
friend be teaching college kids to
love language, ideas and themselves,
and not think she was doing things
for God?” From Carolyn Arends,
“You do feel you are being competed with if . . . a new church moves
into town. I think it’s important . . .
to go the extra mile and give honour
to the people who have been there
all along, trying to serve and putting
in decades of work.” From our interview with Patti Miller, page 24.
“Many of . . . us spend our lives
avoiding the real questions of being,
identity and essence, and fall prey to
the seductive message of both the
culture and our hearts that doing
and having are all that matter.” From
Rod Wilson’s essay, page 30.
And how’s this for transparency:
“But the road is so pitted with frustration – with administration,
courts and the criminal element –
that many officers become cynical,
jaded, burnt out, depressed and
even suicidal.” From Alex Newman’s
interviews with Christian police officers, page 42.
We love that our writers are digging deep. Within the struggles laid
bare are wonderful victories and
moments of hope we can rejoice in.
Like this one: “Ever since our
pizza night, Sally and I have begun
to envision a less abridged version of
God’s story. We worry less about
‘doing things for God.’ We’re far too
busy delighting in the things God is
doing for His creation – even through
us.” Carolyn Arends, page 19.
Such moments are part of why
Christian community is so important, why an exclusively me-and-God relationship is short-sighted.
Faith Today aims to better connect you with the Body of Christ in
all its diversity. We keep trying to
improve that connection, to facilitate more timely interactions.
Since 2013 we have been posting
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soon as they come in, inviting writers and readers into more timely,
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March / April 2016
Volume 34 • Number 2
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Bill Fledderus, Karen Stiller
Janice Van Eck
Jeff Dewsbury, Debra Fieguth,
Alex Newman, Patricia Paddey
Carolyn Arends, James A. Beverley,
Bruce J. Clemenger, Kevin Flatt,
John G. Stackhouse Jr.,
Ken Badley, Allison Barron, Jessica
Darmanin, Julie Fitz-Gerald, Meagan
Gillmore, Phil Irish, Harold Jantz, Will Lew,
Adena Lowry, Craig Macartney, Ali
Matthews, Dorene Meyer, Deanna Smid,
Kory Sorensen, Janet Straker, Ron
Wassink, Robert White, Rod Wilson
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