December Issue 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Contents of the December 2013 issue

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“Disembedding” Christian marriage from cultural norms

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sweet Surrender: How Cultural Mandates Shape Christian Marriage
Author: Dennis Hiebert.
Sweet Surrender is a comprehensive and insightful study of the institution of marriage in the context of an ever-changing Western world. It clearly defines what is biblical imperative and what is simply common cultural practice regarding marriage.

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Teen comes of age by discovering the past

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Wittenbergs
Author: Sarah Klassen
Mia Wittenberg begins her final year in her Winnipeg high school with youthful enthusiasm and hope for the future, but as she observes her family and friends’ struggles with priorities, morals, addictions, and failing hopes, her enthusiasm wanes.

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Coffee chat with Christian giant

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Problems of Christian Leadership
Author: John Stott
John Stott, for many, hardly needs introduction. A globally respected pastor, teacher, author and evangelical statesman, Stott made profound contributions to the cause of global mission through his influence in the formation of the Lausanne Covenant (1974).

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Flooding worsens Gazans’ plight

Friday, December 20, 2013

A week after torrential, cold rain battered the Gaza Strip, people in the al Nafaq Street area of eastern Gaza City are still struggling to clean mud and debris out of homes and businesses.

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EFC urges government to act after Supreme Court decision in prostitution case

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is deeply concerned with today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision to strike down all three provisions of Canada’s prostitution laws, creating a legal vacuum. The current laws remain in place for one year, during which time the Government of Canada has the option to abandon them or implement new laws.

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Working through churches, Foodgrains Bank’s crisis response is nimble

Thursday, December 19, 2013

With half of Syria’s population of 22.4 million now food insecure and one-third Syrians in need of urgent assistance, the World Food Program of the United Nations is making an urgent appeal for help.

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A meeting of missional minds

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MB Mission Eastern Canada moved into Kitchener’s new hub of Anabaptist activity. Mennonite Central Committee Ontario’s new, environmentally sustainable building at 50 Kent houses not only MCC and their thrift store, but also local partner organizations

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Promontory expands ministry – again

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A young Chilliwack, B.C., church that launched a second campus just two years ago is expanding again, this time to take over more of the building it already owns.

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Tribute to Bill Schroeder

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bill Schroeder is one of this generation’s giants in Mennonite historical research. Though he was not a professional historian, his books are frequently cited in professional and lay books, articles, research papers, etc.

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Scholarship recipient gifted to serve

Monday, December 16, 2013

As son of the founding pastor, Moisés Mente has been involved in Igreja Evangélica Irmãos Menonitas da Amadora (Amadora Evangelical MB Church) since it began, but he’s still learning. “Bible school has offered me the basic tools to perform effective ministry, always grounded in Scripture,” says the young pastor.

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Cultivating compassion in children

Friday, December 13, 2013

It’s Hard Not to Stare
Author: Tim Huff
When you meet someone with a disability, what do you see? Do you see a wheelchair? A white cane? A person who can’t speak or play well? Tim Huff helps readers understand their own responses…

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Worship for the French universe

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Matthieu Nantel had composed three verses to a worship song, but a chorus wasn’t coming together. Fellow church music team member Mélodie Després had written a chorus, but didn’t have any verses. Over the next year, the two musicians married their lyrics, ther talents – and each other.

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MCC Canada sponsors refugees from Syria

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

All Hanan Talabeh can do for her family in Syria is wait. Wait at home in Ottawa while the Canadian government processes her family’s refugee application. Wait, and hope that her sister-in-law and her three children are approved faster than the 18 months applicants are told to expect.

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Joining with God at work

Monday, December 9, 2013

What does it mean for the church to be missional within a post-Christian context? How can the church become a concrete and visible manifestation of the kingdom of God in the world? And what kinds of practices can empower us to do this?

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