THE EFC UPDATE - 2013.12.10
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WHY NOT BLOCK INTERNET PORN IN CANADA?
Canada could follow Britain’s lead and require Internet companies to block access to pornography unless customers opt-in. The National Post describes a formidable group, including EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley, discussing the need for this change. Read “Conservative MP, Radical Feminist and Evangelical Christian Come Together to Block Online Porn in Canada.”
EFC BIBLE-ENGAGEMENT EXPERT PRESENTS IN NEW YORK
The EFC’s Rick Hiemstra made a presentation on the Canadian Bible Engagement Study at the Forum of Bible Agencies North America annual meeting in New York last week. The Canadian Bible Engagement Study was conducted in partnership with the Canadian Bible Forum and sponsored by Stronger Together 2013. A report on the research is forthcoming in 2014.
EFC LAWYERS JOIN CALL AGAINST LEGALIZING ASSISTED SUICIDE & EUTHANASIA
Lawyers with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada have joined lawyers from across the country in signing a declaration which condemns the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Decriminalization “would necessarily lead to the acceptance of consensual killing and may lead to a legal obligation on one party to kill another,” according to the non-sectarian declaration. The complete text and list of signatories can be found at www.lawyersagainsteuthanasia.com.
GEOFF TUNNICLIFFE AT NELSON MANDELA TRIBUTE
Geoff Tunnicliffe, general-secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance, was officially invited to be one of the twenty faith leaders to sit on the platform at the Mandela Memorial service. The World Evangelical Alliance recently published a statement honouring Mandela.
COMMENTS ON THE “POLITICAL BUBBLE”
EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson has posted some new reflections on Christian engagement in the political arena at the ActivateCFPL blog “Advent, The West Wing and Canadian politics – Some Personal Thoughts.”
BUT IT’S MY BODY!
Should there be limits on our freedom of autonomy? EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger reflects on this question in the latest Faith Today. The entire Nov/Dec issue is free at faithtoday.ca/digital. Subscribe to Faith Today at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362. There is a buy one, get one free subscription offer available until Dec. 31 to help you with your Christmas shopping.
Visit theEFC.ca/calendar to learn about worthwhile events near you and to add your events for free. Among the events coming soon is a concert by Steve Bell with the Calgary Philharmonic.
CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER PASTOR
Pastors may have certain expectations for their congregations. How are those expectations changed when the pastor moves to a non-congregational job? Learn more at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.