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that debt does not have economic or social boundaries.
There are people in every
church and community who
are struggling financially.
–from “The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly About Our Debt” by
TODAY I downloaded iTrans-late, located the Arabic option,
bought three-for-$20 bouquets at FoodLand, and my
husband and I headed to the
new home of the Syrian family
who arrived in our town on
Saturday. –from “The First
Syrian Family We Are Sponsoring Has Arrived” by Karen
I WASN’T sure what “art” was
when I set out and I didn’t
know what being an “artist”
meant. I knew I had ideas I
wanted to express and visual
art became my vehicle of
expression. I’ve spent many
years and progressed through
many phases and genres to
learn my craft and find my
voice, but by God’s grace and
faithfulness He brought me to
this place. –from “The Journey
of an Artist Who Is a Christian”
by Jim Paterson
URBAN MINISTRY is not just
different as a single category,
it is different within as well.
Each city, each neighbourhood
in each city, is different. The
labels don’t work. You have to
figure out the community in
which God has placed you.
And once you do, it will change.
–from “The Risky, Messy, Life-Changing World of Urban
Ministry” by Patti Miller
IF YOUR debt payments (
excluding your mortgage) exceed
8 per cent of your gross income, it’s time to take action.
A good first step is to find a
qualified financial representative who will help you categorize your debts, assign
measurable goals and set
realistic plans to reduce and
eliminate debt. Research shows
Jonathan Dent as
national director of
the Canadian Bible
Society. He succeeds
Don Hutchinson as
head of this charity
founded in 1904 to
publish, translate and
distribute Bibles, including in the languages
of Indigenous Canadians. Rev. Dr. Dent has
taught religious studies and psychology, and
has pastored Presbyterian congregations in
Dan Baetz as executive director of Africa Inland
Mission (Canada), succeeding John Brown.
Baetz, recently “missionary in residence” at
Forward Church in Cambridge, Ont., previously
served as a pastor, a missionary to Quebec
and as director of Fellowship International.
AIM’s focus is to see Christ-centred churches
among all African peoples including the
600,000 African Canadians.
Marjory Kerr as
president of Booth
effective July 1.
Dr. Kerr, currently
academic and dean,
will succeed Donald
Burke, president since
2006 (and on staff since Booth opened in 1982).
Kerr holds a PhD in industrial/organizational
psychology and is a registered psychologist
in Ontario. Booth University College, which is
based in Winnipeg and has 250 students, also
recently announced a new master’s degree in
Salvation Army studies, offered in collaboration
with Tyndale Seminary at campuses in Toronto
and Winnipeg as well as online.
A new searchable online portal for online
courses available from most of Canada’s
Christian universities and seminaries. The
site, www.checonline.ca, comes courtesy of
Christian Higher Education Canada, a national
association of 34 Bible colleges, universities,
seminaries and graduate schools. The new
site is in addition to the previously existing
portal, www.checusout.ca, for searching
on-campus programs. A free app for mobile
devices is also available.
Let’s Talk With Robert Melnichuk, a new live
call-in TV show in Alberta. The show airs live
each Monday on YES TV stations in Calgary
and Edmonton at 9: 30 p.m., and also online at
Yes TV.com. It discusses cultural issues from a
Threshold School of Ministry, a postsecondary
training program starting in October 2016
Staying Roman Catholic
Re: Religion Watch (Mar/Apr
THANK YOU for showing interest in the Catholic Church.
You are right. The proper way
to test the spirits is in the Holy
Scriptures. That is why I am
and will stay a Roman Catholic.
God bless you my brothers and
sisters in Christ.
Re: Books & Culture (Jan/Feb
YOUR REVIEW of Bob Rae’s
book What’s Happened to
Politics? led me to order it.
Having now read the book, I
endorse your review and encourage every Canadian to
read this book, especially at
this time in our history. I also
encourage Faith Today to offer