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Religious Foundations of Bill C-4

When I read the latest version of Bill C-4, I was not only surprised that the Bill passed unanimously in the House, but also that the Bill was explicitly religious. Bill C-4 aims to ban the practice of conversion therapy. You might then expect that a Bill like this would address issues of religious liberty. What you might not expect is how the Bill is framed in religious terms. Parliament Gets Religion? In the Preamble of the Bill, we are introduced to its religious perspective: Whereas conversion therapy causes harm to society because, among other things, it is based on...

What You Need to Know about the Arrest of Pastor James Coates

On February 16th 2021, Pastor James Coates turned himself in to the police. According to the CBC, he was arrested “on two counts of contravening the Public Health Act and on one criminal charge for failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking.” Pastor Coates is now held in a remand centre (a provincial prison) under quarantine as part of COVID-19 protocol. What happened here? The following FAQ aims to clarify the facts in order to accurately understand the matter. Why should you care about this? Canadians who support religious freedom should be concerned about this case: the arrest...

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...

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