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New Directions for Aimless Politics

Many Christians feel lost at sea this (U.S.) election. For some, the traditional loyalties that have anchored us have been severed. We have been thrown off-course, with no obvious way forward. Perhaps our disorientation is prompting us to inquire freshly … Continue reading

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Voting and the Kingdom of God

I have had a short article published in light of the upcoming Canadian elections: “Voting and the Kingdom of God.” At the polling booth this election, Christ followers can be guided by the biblical story, which unfolds Christ’s restoring purposes … 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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Reading the Bible in Sierra Leone

Joel Ringma blogged from Sierra Leone: We attended Sunday School and the lesson was James 5:1-10.  You can imagine it was exceedingly convicting to be an affluent North American in one of the poorest places in the world and the … Continue reading

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Should Christians be interested in tax policy?

Should Christians be interested in politics? Or tax policy? It is always interesting to see how the Christian scriptures are read through the eyes of other traditions. Jewish Scholar Leonard Fein writes: Our tradition knows no radical distinction between politics … Continue reading

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Selling Arms to Bahrain

Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times article asks whether the proposed U.S. contract for $53 million dollars of arms sales to Bahrain is morally acceptable. Bahrain is a moderate Middle Eastern State, providing moderation in an often anti-western context – and … Continue reading

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