The central theme in Shane Claiborne’s message of justice is relationship; that our world’s many ills can be solved if people—particularly people from different social strata—simply take the time to get to know each other.
In a post-Christendom North America, Christ followers encounter people of no expressed belief and all kinds of different beliefs every day. However, we also deal with a number of “cultural Christians.”
The fire came up from the south. But if you live in that part of Canada, in northern Alberta, you’ve encountered forest fires before.
Days that open with wacky dancing and end in prayer. Meals spent discussing Bible study and Frisbee games. Evenings filled with worship and cotton candy. This was Canada Youth, a week-long conference held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.
It was an itchy assembly. Lots of scratching; little relief. One commissioner said it was “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Another called it “confusing.” Several wondered if anything had “actually happened.” The most common word used was “proxy.”
Respect is about how we evaluate and treat others. It’s not so much about civility or good manners, but about attitudes and behaviours rooted in how God treats us that should shape how we treat others.
Rev. Joel Sherbino was once sitting in a conference. This is how he tells it: “The whole conference was based around this one question: ‘If your church were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone in the community notice or even care?”
“I would say the vast majority of ministers are sincere; they are unhappy; they are discouraged. They’re often stuck in feeling they’re limited in terms of what they can do in their ministry. So, it’s hopelessness that permeates more and more of their life.”
Respect is a biblical issue, as well as a moral one.
This issue goes to the deepest, most personal question we can ask ourselves as Christian believers: Do I trust God to know wherein the good of my life is to be found, or shall I insist on self-definition?
Some people are simply not created heterosexual. Through no volitional choice of their own, they are born gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I believe God loves them just as much as God loves any other person.
If there’s one theme that seems to have emerged from reflecting on today’s topic, it’s this idea of surprise: as soon as when we think we have a handle on the divine, God pushes the boundaries we set and surprises us with something new.
As people of faith, our perspective on human sexuality is grounded in the teaching of Holy Scripture, starting with the theological account of humankind’s creation back in Genesis.
At the conclusion of the Speaking Truth in Love event held by the Hamilton presbytery, all five speakers responded to questions from those in attendance.
Congregations want change without changing; they want young members without making room for them. More than one clerical career has crashed against lazy and desperate congregational expectations. So, the best way to revitalize a church is to start from the beginning.
The Designated Women First, I want to respond with my gut feeling about being a woman leader in the PCC today. We’ve certainly come a […]
I’ve been wanting to do this issue on women in ministry for ages. We’ve wondered how to do it, what would be helpful, what wouldn’t. We spoke with others. Did we get it right? I don’t know. But I do know it had to be done.
“I told them I know the consequences of blasphemy. Blasphemy is a big issue in Pakistan. I’m a literate guy, I’m a professional, I have good relationships with the Muslims. Why would I do this?”
She asks me to call her Mahad. That’s not her name. She’s afraid for her family in Syria. Like so many others I meet, she wants very much to tell her story. Her story is all she has right now.
When a kind doctor told me I had cancer in my lungs and in my bones, I did not realize that I had just heard someone pronounce a death sentence over me.