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The Olympics: gold medals and hard reality. Christians are called to celebration and grief.

It is easy to forget the world’s grief and brokenness during an Olympic games. For there is so much that entertains: The iron smelted Olympic rings of the opening ceremony; the strange gate-crasher dressed in bright red who gaily led … Continue reading

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Voice for the Voiceless

Speaking the words of Christ includes giving voice to the voiceless. This theme runs through the heart of the Old Testament. The law insists upon it, the prophets rail against Israel’s failure in this regard. The church too has a … Continue reading

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Bill C-31 represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada

Bill C-31: Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act is now referred to a parliamentary standing committee. The bill represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada, including: Mandatory imprisonment of refugees who enter Canada without … Continue reading

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A table for 5000

Benedictine monks prioritised the practice of hospitality. In centuries past Benedictine monks welcome travellers, no matter who they were. The traveller would enter the monastery. The abbot himself would wash their feet. No questions were asked of the travellers until … Continue reading

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At the heart of reality is limitless generosity

God’s creation is evidence of the caring hand of the Creator reaching out to secure the well-being of His creatures, of a Father extendinga universe full of blessings to His children. Spkyman Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the … Continue reading

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Immigration and refugees – is the Bible clear?

Migrants exist under darkening clouds of suspicion in Western countries today. Media reports the arrival of asylum-seekers in “waves” that threaten to “swamp” our shores—in fact, the arrival of vulnerable migrants described in terms of a threatening natural disaster have … Continue reading

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Christian education begins with delight (Genesis Chapter 2)

Marduk was the chief deity of the Babylonian pantheon. Every aspect of ancient near eastern society was arranged around the temples of the gods: humankind existed, so it was thought, to care for the gods. Genesis Chapters 1-2 is written … Continue reading

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