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[November 16, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Keven Drews
WINNIPEG — A Canadian Forces chaplain hopes a recently published book will educate the public about Martin Luther and spark some healthy discourse and debate within the church.
This past May, Edwin Mellen Press published Rev. Harold Ristau’s 545-page, hardcover book, titled Understanding Martin Luther’s Demonological Rhetoric in His Treatise Against the Heavenly Prophets (1525): How What Luther Speaks Is Essential to What Luther Says.
The book focuses on Luther’s use of rhetoric in a heated 16th-century debate over the sacrament of Holy Communion with former colleague Andreas Bodenstein von …

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[September 14, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Michael Keith
In a speech responding to a pending Koran burning by a pastor in Florida, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that’s what we want to see in this world.”
What does tolerant mean?
The word “tolerate” has lost all its meaning these days. To tolerate something is to not agree with something yet allow the disagreement to remain. Tolerance is recognizing different claims, even contradictory claims, and allowing them to co-exist—not coerce, ban, or outlaw the “other.” It is the freedom to …

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[July 22, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
In a letter to the church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul writes: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope,” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). The new film Inception explores both those “who are asleep” and those “who have no hope.”

Primarily, Inception appears to be a movie about dreams and manipulation of dreams and memories, but at its heart it’s a movie about grief and loss. It doesn’t take long to see that the …

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[March 1, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Stephen Chambers
What a party! Obviously the world celebrated with us too, but most of all it was us Canadians who had a huge, world-class blast during the Vancouver Olympics. Never mind that most of us could only watch the Games on TV. The excitement drew us in anyway, and made us proud to be Canadian.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing, from a Christian perspective. If patriotism crosses the line and becomes extreme nationalism, I get uncomfortable. Putting others down to feel better about ourselves would be just as …

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[February 24, 2010 | 6 Comments | ]

by Michael Keith

Was Tiger Woods’ apology for his indiscretions sincere? His public apology at a press conference generated a lot of discussion and debate. Some argue it was all about trying to fix his public image and repair the damage. Some think he seemed sincere enough. What do you think?
How do you judge the sincerity of someone’s confession? What criteria do you use? I have often heard someone say “You can’t see into their heart!” Precisely. I can’t. Therefore I don’t try. I simply evaluate what they say. Unless I …

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[December 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

By Andrew Craig
It is always hard to take a movie at face value when you are virtually bombarded with hype for a film. The studio has sunk so much money into Avatar that the advertising has been practically crammed down our throats. Comparisons to Star Wars and the Matrix were flying around before it was even released. Essentially the producers are begging the movie-going audience to see it so they can get their money back. My usual reaction to this kind of hype is to shy away from those films. …

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