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Vaccine Passports And the Church

Manitoba, British Columbia, and Quebec have instituted vaccine passports. In each case, the provincial governments have not asked places of worship to require passports. Yet I know of one church that plans to voluntarily require proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend its Sunday worship. I find myself surprised in more than one way that a church might impose its own vaccine policy. I understand that some Christians take immune suppressants for various conditions. Cancer patients, in particular, must be extra careful to avoid viruses. So I can see a reasonable scenario in which a church building may...

What We Need to Learn from the Second-Century Apologists

Image: deror_avi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Image cropped here. In some ways, the North American church is like the church in the second-century after the apostles died and the New Testament was freshly written. The state and authorities knew very little about this new sect. It seemed odd, suspect, and simply unknown. Carl Trueman recently wrote: “In the second century, the church was a marginal sect within a dominant pluralist society. She was under suspicion not because her central dogmas were supernatural but rather because she appeared subversive in claiming Jesus as King and was viewed as immoral...

Comment contacter vos premiers ministres et vos députés

Cet article vise à aider les chrétiens à mettre en pratique leur théologie en fournissant les informations pour contacter nos gouvernements locaux. Au cours des derniers mois, La Coalition canadienne pour l’Évangile a produit des articles qui décrivent comment de chrétiens réformés ont eu des relations avec les autorités gouvernementales dans le passé. Bradford Littlejohn, un expert dans ce domaine, a décrit une théologie de la résistance réformée et son application (ici et ici). Afin de démontrer que nous devrions utiliser cette théologie, et contacter nos dirigeants locaux, j’ai récemment écrit un article intitulé, sans grande imagination, “Appealing to the...

A Letter to the Premiers of the Provinces and Territories of Canada

To the Premiers of the Provinces and Territories of Canada, On behalf of The Gospel Coalition Canada council please accept our heartfelt thanks for your tireless and dedicated efforts on behalf of all Canadians during this pandemic. We appreciate you and we pray for you regularly. The Scriptures give tremendous dignity to the role and function of civil government: “for it is God’s servant for your good.” (Romans 13:4 NRSV) We are commanded to honour our civil authorities and to render unto all what is due, therefore, please accept this expression of our honour and respect for the important role...

Aux Premiers ministres des provinces et territoires du Canada

Aux Premiers ministres des provinces et territoires du Canada, Au nom du conseil de la Coalition canadienne pour l’Évangile, veuillez accepter nos remerciements les plus sincères pour vos efforts inlassables et dévoués au nom de tous les Canadiens tout au long de cette pandémie. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants et nous prions pour vous régulièrement. Les Écritures accordent une grande dignité au rôle et à la fonction du gouvernement civil : “il le est serviteur de Dieu pour ton bien.” (Romains 13.4, NEG) Nous sommes enjoints d’honorer nos autorités civiles et de rendre à tous ce qui leur est dû, par...

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