It’s one thing to watch a hockey game from seats high up in the arena and quite another to watch from seats much closer to the action. The sound of skates speeding across the blue line, the crash of bodies into the boards, the heated exchange between players and referees… There’s something about being close to ice level that impacts our experience of the game. Two recent events brought me to … [Read more...]
Being closer to the action changes your perspective.
April 26, 2013 by Major Ray Harris Leave a Comment
Did God allow school children to die in Connecticut to make a point?
Some misguided Christians think so
February 6, 2013 by Major Juan Burry 5 Comments
Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. It was a tragedy of such mammoth proportions, in terms of the number of people killed and the ages of the victims, that it caught the attention of most everyone in North America. Everywhere I went for the next few days, people wanted to weigh in on what had happened … [Read more...]
Should Christians support capital punishment?
January 24, 2012 by Dani Shaw 23 Comments
Capital punishment strikes me as fundamentally flawed. Killing a person to send the message that killing is wrong seems contradictory at best and hypocritical at worst. The fact that executions are pre-meditated, and corrections officials or private citizens are paid to carry them out, makes them seem all the more heinous. What goes through the mind of an executioner as he or she administers a … [Read more...]
How can we better support newcomers to Canada? What role does the Church have in ensuring that immigrants are valued and respected?
January 6, 2012 by Estee Lau 1 Comment
When I first moved to Canada in 1992, I was warmly welcomed by the members of Agincourt Community Church in Toronto. The support of the congregation not only helped me cope with the difficulties and challenges of this transition, but also provided me with the spiritual encouragement to draw closer to God. I don’t believe that anyone likes to leave their home country unless there are very … [Read more...]
Social Issues Committee meets in Winnipeg to discuss social issues arising from the use of social media.
September 22, 2011 by Captain Bramwell Pearce Leave a Comment
On September 16-17, members of the territory’s Social Issues Committee met in Winnipeg to discuss social issues arising from the use of new forms of technology and how the Army should respond. Saturday’s two presentations and discussions were timely given the explosion of new media in the last decade. The first to present was Nancy Turley, territorial abuse advisor, who shared how social … [Read more...]
As Christians, we are called to defend the rights of the unborn.
August 9, 2011 by Estee Lau Leave a Comment
When my friend told me about her abortion, I was shocked. It happened in her early 20s. At the time, she and her husband didn’t feel ready, mentally or financially, to have a child, so they terminated the pregnancy. Now in her early 40s, my friend desperately wants to have a child but has been unable to conceive. She regrets the decision made in her youth. In another case, a co-worker of mine … [Read more...]
How concerned should Christians be about the environment? How do our individual and corporate decisions live out God’s call to stewardship?
July 6, 2011 by Lieutenant Joyce Downer Leave a Comment
Growing up, my family didn’t watch much television. The only TV we owned was a tiny 14-inch unit with poor colour quality and rabbit ears for an antenna. Needless to say, TV was not something I grew up with. Instead, what occupied my time was a vast forest in our backyard, nearby cornfields with roaming deer and a large ravine with a creek that trickled into Lake Huron. The natural world was … [Read more...]
The dramatic fall of dictators around the world can cause us to question our own relationship with authority.
May 10, 2011 by Dani Shaw Leave a Comment
Recent events in Northern Africa and the Middle East remind me of the adage originally penned by Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Where power remains unchecked, terrible abuses of human, political and civil rights can occur. Remarkably, several of these nations are experiencing a rebalance of power as citizens demand political reform and the … [Read more...]