Christians seem to be very excited about Israel at the moment, in light of Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But there’s also a lot of arguing going on. With Israel much in the news, I sat down on the red sofa with my colleague in Old Testament studies, Dr. Glenn Wooden, to talk about Israel in the Bible and today.
While media stars continue to fall like ash from a burning effigy as a result of their abuse of women, we wonder why some are untouchable. Others of us wonder what all the fuss is about. The reality is that even if Trump fell over his mistreatment of women, this media storm is really just a flash in the pan. His ilk will continue as they always have. Women will be groped. Abused. Molested.
I am not surprised, or disgusted, or hurt. Nor am I dismayed, angry or sad. I am not offended.
This week we have read the comments of our Governor General who is reported to have railed in a speech to fellow scientists,
Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, period.
As Christians, we’re called to compassion, and we’re doing a pretty good job of it as Canadian evangelicals, according to Rick Tobias. We’re known (and needed) for our generosity, cheerfully giving our time and financial resources to help those who are in need. This is good news! Yet, it’s not good enough. In a recent interview with our friend Dr. Rick Tobias, he reminds us that compassion is not our end goal. God desires justice.
Last week we had a visit to campus from Dr. Dennis Venema, co-author with Scot McKnight of the book “Adam and the Genome”. Dr. Mike Robertson from the Acadia Science faculty had arranged for the visit with CSCA to provide a platform for Dr. Venema to talk about the genetic evidence for evolution. We grabbed a couple of minutes with him on the red sofa
Faith Today recently published an article by our Director, Anna Robbins. In it, Anna encourages us to face our fears concerning the cultural changes that swirl around us. Instead of succumbing to reluctance, anxiety, and withdrawal, it’s time to learn how to live our faith in contemporary culture with love and joy.
I remember reading Ron Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger when I was a seminary student twenty years ago. It was already a classic, and I was elated to finally feel understood. He was a welcome companion on the journey I was taking into understanding the relationship between faith and justice.
Recently, my attention was drawn to this video from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion that celebrates Canadian culture as a place where you’re free to be yourself.
This seems to be one of the mantras nurturing contemporary Canadian culture. The idea is that Canadian society is an inclusive, diverse nation where everyone is free to be exactly who they define themselves to be. “When we’re free to be ourselves, then we’re free!”
The MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture of Acadia Divinity College is pleased to host a live broadcast of the debate entitled “Is God a Figment of Our Imagination?”. The event being broadcast from Convocation Hall of the University of Toronto will feature Alister McGrath (Oxford professor, scientist, theologian, Christian apologist), and Michael Shermer (author, professor, columnist, skeptic), and will be moderated by Karen Stiller, senior editor, Faith Today.