Abundance Canada is the new name for
Mennonite Foundation of Canada, a charity that
offers personal consultations for wills, estate
and charitable gift planning. It has offices in
Abbotsford, Calgary, Winnipeg and Kitchener.
Parasource Marketing and Distribution Ltd. is
the new name replacing both David C Cook
Distribution Canada and Augsburg Fortress
Canada. Parasource serves bookstores,
churches and individuals on behalf of a variety
of publishers of Christian books, curricula,
music, media, cards, gifts and other resources.
The Word Guild, a national association
of writers and editors who are Christian,
announced structural changes in September.
Executive director Ruth Thorogood has
resigned and moved into a volunteer
position on the board, where she will focus
on donor and ministry partnership relations
development. The charity, which holds training
conferences and online and face-to-face
networking activities, has built up 14 regional
chapters across Canada in recent years.
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The Buller School of Business opened this fall at
Providence University College and Theological
Seminary in Manitoba. It offers bachelor
of business administration (BBA) degrees.
Providence also offers degrees in arts, biblical
studies, professional studies and science.
The Presbyterian Record will cease publication
in December 2016. This magazine has reported
on the Presbyterian Church in Canada since
1876, and it has been independently owned
and published by Presbyterian Record Inc.
since 2000. Circulation which stood at 88,000
in 1975 has dropped to about 10,000.
Cates of Cambridge,
Ont., was named
entertainer of the
year at the 2016
Comedy in Motion
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Suffering brings us to God
Re: Don’t Turn Away From Suffering (Sep/
I WAS disappointed in Doug Koop’s article.
He kept everything on the horizontal level
in his reaching out to sufferers. He sees
his role as spiritual caregiver to help
others “ferret out the deepest truths about
themselves, to be in touch with themselves or to discover resources within
themselves” to cope with suffering. This
is not the biblical way.
There is virtue/purpose in suffering as
Paul writes to the Romans: “We rejoice in
our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us since
God has poured out his love into our
hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5: 3–5).
James tells us to count it “pure joy”
when trials come (James 1: 2).
God our Saviour comforts us in our affliction so that we can comfort others with
the same comfort ( 2 Corinthians 1: 3–11).
We then become “wounded healers.”
Ultimately God brings suffering into
our lives to bring us more in touch with
Himself, and that truth is what I missed
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given, what you have
done for me. And I thank
you.” Thank you Gramma
for this sweater I may not
wear very often. Thank
you for the time you took
to make this gross squash
pie. And thank you God
from whom all blessings
do actually flow. – from
“When We Teach Our Kids
About Being Grateful” by
TYPICALLY I don’t rush to tell people I am
a minister’s wife because I haven’t been
super fond of the conclusions I believe
they quickly reach in their minds: a. this
is a super pious person who bakes great
pies; b. this is a person who can instantly
flip to Habakkuk; and c. likely I have
nothing in common with her and she can’t
be much fun. Those conclusions can shut
down what could be great conversations
and wonderful friendships before they
even get started. – from “Christians Are a
Peculiar Bunch” by Karen Stiller
WHERE CAN you find, all
in one place, the major
responses from Christian
organizations to the December 2015 final report
from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
of Canada on the history
of residential schools for
Peoples? Here’s an attempt at collecting such
a list. – from “Church Responses to the TRC Report”
by Bill Fledderus
WHILE SHE didn’t medal, watching my
sister on the world stage realizing her
childhood dream always feels like gold.
– from “What It’s Like to Have a Sister in the
Olympics” by Julie Fitz-Gerald
WE DON’T actually need to be thrilled to
say thank you. Like so many other things,
it’s not about how we feel. It’s about who
we are thanking. When we say thank you,
we say, “I see you. I see what you have