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Political Theology in the History of the Church

During the pandemic, Canadian evangelicals debated various approaches to political theology because of the pressures of the COVID-19 virus and the attendant governmental restrictions. As a response to these queries, Dr. Michael Haykin organized a conference called Political Theology in the History of the Church. I am attending one of the three days of the conference. While I am here, I will live-blog at least parts of the conference. If you are curious, tune-in here. 9:00 am: The political theology of the French Huguenots – Dr. Martin I. Klauber, Affiliate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Martin Klauber discusses the...

4 Opportunities for the Church on the Other Side

For the rest of our lives we will almost certainly be reckoning time in terms of “Pre” and “Post” Pandemic. Regardless of what you think about the severity of the virus itself or the wisdom and efficacy of the various health and safety measures enacted by the government, it cannot be denied that the world has changed and life will never be the same again for any of us. As Christians, we believe that God is Sovereign, so whatever secondary causes we may identify, it remains true that the Lord has rattled our cage; he has authored an earthquake; he...

When MAID goes to Church

I was recently taken aback to read that medical assistance-in-dying (MAID) was performed in a church in Manitoba. MAID, more properly referred to as physician-assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia, is the act of deliberately causing the patient’s death upon their considered request. Since it was legalized in 2016, the frequency of death by MAID has grown rapidly as Canadian society becomes more aware of and accustomed to the procedure. Eligibility for MAID continues to expand; adults with disabilities are eligible to have their lives ended, even if they are not dying, and we may soon see death being offered to...

Easter After Exile

Easter 2020 was like no Easter in living memory. The global pandemic due to COVID19 caused most churches in North America and around the world to pause large gatherings to allow some breathing space for health officials to understand and hopefully contain this rapidly spreading virus. Like many other congregations, we were disappointed, but not dismayed. We would miss the opportunity to wear our bright coloured clothes, to sing our loudest and most triumphant songs and to revisit together the glory that is ours through the power and victory of Jesus Christ. But the Gospel would not be chained. We...

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