Pulling the future vision of God’s ‘new creation’ into the present

A call for a renewed vision of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and world

It was the apostle Paul who first introduced the New Testament idea of people being made new through the life-giving grace of Jesus Christ. In a number of his correspondences, he chose the phrase ‘new creation’ as a way to capture the essence of Christ’s saving vision for the world. However, when people think about […]

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The Uncontrolling Love of God by Thomas Jay Oord

A review, commendations and recommendations

One of the things I love most about Tom Oord’s work is that it causes me to approach an old topic in fresh, new ways. His latest book, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence, continues this trend. Rather than provide an incredibly long and critical review, I would instead […]

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Knowing and Experiencing God’s Amazing Love

Learning to give and receive God's measureless, abounding, eternal love

For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind; And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind. This stanza from the hymn, There’s a Wideness, written more than a century ago by Frederick W. Faber and Lizzie S. Tourjee, depicts with explicit clarity the height, depth and scope of the love […]

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Bridging the Pentecostal Denominational Divide

Finding unity within the shared-centeredness of our one faith

In Pentecostal circles, the word denomination has never received a warm reception, especially when used in an attempt to self-define. We have often relegated the term to articulate what we are not, as opposed to what we are. Viewed primarily from a negative perspective, the term is seen as something to be shunned rather than […]

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Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus – Part 2

Ending the cycle of violence and beginning a new cycle of grace

Have you ever been wronged? I’m confident that most, if not all of you, would say yes. For those who have, Jesus provides us with a quick and decisive response. “Love your enemies.” In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (5:43), he chose to frame this portion of teaching by using tradition as a point […]

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Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus – Part 1

Blessed are the poor - including the excluded

The biblical impetus behind this two-part series is what has commonly been referred to as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, or in this case The Sermon on the Plain, in Luke 6. Part one will focus Luke 6:20, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” While some hold to […]

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Christian Legalism: A Dead End

In Christianity Sometimes Less is More

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul included several powerful and thought-provoking questions for their serious consideration: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain […]

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New Appointment: Senior Editor of ChristianWeek

I’m both honoured and excited to be joining the team at ChristianWeek as Senior Editor!

My goal will be to provide and facilitate news leads and positive stories about what God is doing throughout Canada and the world. As before, we will continue in the tradition of providing solid editorial articles, as well as guest commentaries, that seek to inform, encourage and inspire the Christian community.

History
In 1987 ChristianWeek founder Harold Jantz launched a small newspaper with a big vision—nothing less than opening a window on Christian faith and life in Canada. Against the odds it succeeded, and ChristianWeek has been publishing the stories of God and His people in Canada ever since.

Mission Statement
ChristianWeek is uniquely positioned as Canada’s only national interdenominational news publication. Our goal is to provide practical, balanced, hope-filled perspective on national and global issues.

We help Canadian Christians understand the broader issues facing their country and world, and the hands on ways in which they can get involved and make a difference. We provide grass roots ministries and initiatives a platform to share their work with a broader audience, and build bridges of understanding between diverse Christian audiences, helping them find areas of commonality.

We aim to inform, encourage and inspire the Christian community.

If you would like to submit an article or news piece for publication, please send me your proposal via email at editor@christianweek.org.

The Pentecostal Foursquare Gospel and the Kingdom of God

Revisiting early Pentecostal themes for a contemporary generation.

During the early stages of the Pentecostal movement, four doctrines in particular began to emerge that not only shaped the experience of its people, but also came to define the ethos of the movement itself. Commonly referred to as the Foursquare Gospel, the themes were: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine healing, and the second […]

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