Artful stewardship

Monday, December 1, 2008

“As long as you don’t mind living off the land,” she concluded. My host’s caveat assured me I’d found the ideal location for a three-day retreat from the busy life I lead in the city.

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Transitions

Monday, December 1, 2008

Introducing Steve Pahl, Bob Snider, Mark Hunt, Terry Wicks, Peter Mitchell, Kerry Precht

Farewell to John Klassen, Sandra Crux

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Unexpected births

Monday, December 1, 2008

It was the third weekend in January, 1985. The weather was cold, snowy, and icy in southern Ontario. The church, where my husband was youth pastor, was hosting a youth rally and the guest speaker was staying with us.

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Newsbriefs

Monday, December 1, 2008

EFC appears against government of Alberta; Bus Stop Bible Studies; CMU’s membership with AUCC; U.S. Conference of MB Churches doubles membership; General Assembly of World Evangelical Alliance; Marv Frey passes away October 19, 2008; Violence in Orissa; Investors and the environment; MEDA a finalist for Innovation Excellence Awards; MCC discontinues shipping used clothing overseas

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Discovering the magi’s gifts

Monday, December 1, 2008

Travelling through the isolated hills of northeastern Pennsylvania on the way to a seminar one Advent, the man jolts to attention when his gas tank warning light flashes red. The S curve snakes into a tiny burg: a gas station, post office, branch bank, and a few clapboard houses.

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Kelowna conference set to draw youth from all over B.C. – again

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Willow Park Church crew organizing a major B.C. youth conference called Rush is pleased: they have secured major speakers and musicians to headline a 2009 event that no longer must limit registration.

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Christmas shopping with a conscience

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christians who want to make a difference as they Christmas shop may feel tension between buying local, buying fair trade, or buying at all.

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“Deck the halls…?”

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas without snow? I was dreading it.

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MealsPlus is giving all year round

Monday, December 1, 2008

MealsPlus is an outreach ministry of Cornerstone Community Church in Virgil, Ontario that began when church members discovered there were people living with severe epilepsy in their community who weren’t getting enough to eat.

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Women at Westview reach out

Monday, December 1, 2008

Westview Christian Fellowship entered a whole new arena of ministry when they purchased a building in downtown St. Catharines, Ont. Three years ago, the church acquired an old church structure on Queenston Street, an area where it’s common to see people who are homeless and women working the streets late at night – many because they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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Ontario church keeps things simple

Monday, December 1, 2008

Conceived in 2000 through individuals with a desire to start a new kind of church, Gateway Christian Fellowship celebrated their 8th anniversary Sunday, November 2, with a praise…

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A Bible for the Nanerige

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dressed in bright colours, three teenaged girls strolled up to the well in the middle of a Nanerige village in Burkina Faso. When Phil Bergen addressed them in their language, their faces lit up with delight at the surprise of speaking with a non-African man in their own language, and they giggled as they responded.

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Seventh sibling celebrates golden anniversary

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dora Wall is the youngest of seven children, and the last to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. Leroy and Dora Wall were married in Main Centre, Sask., July…

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Tucked under angel wings

Monday, December 1, 2008

I chuckled to myself at the irony of it all – Hell’s Angels tying teddy bears to the handlebars of their bikes, and, in a grand display of magnanimity, delivering them to needy children. It was the annual Toy Run.

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Infinitely more than animals

Monday, December 1, 2008

One of my two brothers died at 15. His name was Norman, and he was a thalidomide baby.
Thalidomide was a medication briefly prescribed to pregnant women to help them deal with morning sickness. Unfortunately, the medication had catastrophic teratogenic effects. It caused severe birth defects in infants exposed to the medication during pregnancy.

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