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5 Biblical Principles for Social Media

The Bible was written far before the invention of the internet, cell-phones and Twitter. However, the Scriptures have plenty to say about how we ought to engage as Christians in the public square. They are, after all, profitable for teaching us how to be equipped for living as Christians (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Much of what Peter, Paul and James wrote to the first-century church is as relevant for Christians on Facebook today as it was for Christians in their social interactions then. Did you realize that you are responsible for your online behaviour as much as you are responsible for...

Godly Disagreements Require Faith in God

In this contentious time, we often feel irritable, worried, and divided. We may even find ourselves fighting over political differences, medical opinions, and much more besides. Yet according to Scripture, we must love each other despite differences.  After counselling the church in Philippi through discord, Paul says, “If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made” (Phil 3:15–16 NLT). In other words, to accept one another despite differences means trusting God. God will reveal what we need to know when our efforts...

After Mars Hill And John Wayne: A Brief Reminder of What The Bible Actually Says About Marital Sexuality

Evangelicals over the last decade have done a poor job of sticking to the centre of the road with respect to marital sexuality. The abuses and excesses being detailed in exposés like “Jesus And John Wayne” and “The Rise And Fall Of Mars Hill” have launched a (predictable) overreaction among some, leaving many confused as to what the Bible does, in fact, say about proper, kind, and loving sexual conduct within marriage. Here is a good place to start: “The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 For the wife...

How Ontario’s Vaccine Passport System Is Likely to Impact Churches

On September 22nd Ontario residents will have to show proof of vaccination in order to dine indoors, go to gyms, theatres, sporting events and conference centres. The release and associated press conference made clear that: “Essential retail, like grocery stores, are exempt, as are places of worship and hair salons, alongside other personal care businesses.”[1] Nevertheless, the mandate is likely to affect churches in a variety of significant ways. Leadership Retreats And Conferences Given the application of the passport system to “Meeting and event spaces like banquet halls and convention centres[2]”, churches planning to host or attend spiritual conferences or...

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