Re: Short-term missions are good for whose
soul? (Mar/Apr 2017)
I AM [frustrated by] articles that reference
missions organizations by their acronyms
only. I am actually having to go online and
research who SIM Canada and OMF
Canada are. I know this is a popular trend
in marketing, but seriously – I don’t find
it helpful or the least bit informative.
I realize these actually are the (
sometimes new) organization names, and so
besides ranting at their marketing heads,
perhaps a mention or even a footnote of
their previous or long-form titles could
make a difference for readers.
Cindi Banman, Calgary
An earthy God
Re: Go With God (Mar/Apr 2017)
YOUR RECEN T column on communion put
me in mind of a book by Arthur Cochrane:
Eating and Drinking with Jesus (
Westminster Press, 1974).
Sacramentalism, Cochrane argues, has
robbed us of the joyous experience of
eating and drinking with Jesus. Not eating
or drinking Jesus as happens with the
mystery religions and their Christian
adaptations, but eating and drinking with
Jesus as a very human but Christ-ordained
act of faith and hope and love.
Cochrane presents the argument in a
way that is surprisingly convincing both
exegetically and historically.
Plus it’s somehow comforting to know
that we might not have all the answers in
the struggle with our Jewish elders to remain faithful to the God of the covenant.
Thanks for opening the door for reflection.
John Mc Tavish, Huntsville, Ont.
Solace after miscarriage
Re: Kingdom Matters (Mar/Apr 2017)
IT SEEMS only the Catholics are courageous
enough to offer a place of solace and grief
for anyone who is suffering from the effects
of either miscarriage or abortion. I had an
abortion when I was 35, feeling it was the
best option for me at the time. (I was not a
Christian at this time and didn’t accept
Christ into my life until 1997.)
Unknown to me the following 35 years
would result in behaviours, moods, depressions and total unhappiness that I could
not understand. My second husband died
in 2008. In 2009 during a Bible study, I felt
crushed by guilt over my abortion 35 years
earlier. The leader of the Bible study recommended a weekend retreat for women who
needed to face this trauma in their lives. It
wasn’t until that retreat that I was finally
able to face and admit the sin I had done
(again, it was through a Catholic organization – I was the only Protestant there).
Today, my heart and soul are free from
the arrows and attacks of Satan, for I
know I have been forgiven by the one and
only Healer of the soul.
I applaud and encourage the Basilica of
Our Lady Immaculate for their compassion and love.
Elizabeth Clarke, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Questioning pot shots
Re: Blog post on The Shack (March 3, 2017)
I HOPE I can graciously share a concern.
Over the last weeks I have noticed my
evangelical friends taking pot shots at
each other. Issues like The Shack seem to
divide us – many seem to forget it was
never designed to be a theological textbook. Somehow I do not think the Father
is thrilled by schoolyard bickering.
Others seem to feel that by attacking the
positions of [Ontario pastor] Bruxy Cavey
(in some cases taking him totally out of
context) they can exalt themselves to loftier positions. It seems to me these battles
should not be fought on Facebook. If they
need to be addressed, perhaps they should
be addressed one on one. Certainly the
pulpit was never designed to be a battering
ram aimed at the church across town.
I have been blessed by the ministry of
both men and women who I think are
sometimes totally wrong. I have learned
much about God’s grace and compassion
by those who are on the edge of orthodoxy,
and I like to think I have inspired others
who may see things differently than I do.
Dale Renout, Brantford, Ont.
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