THE EFC UPDATE - 2014.11.11
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REFLECT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY
As Canadians remember those who have given their lives to protect us, readers of the EFC Update are invited to join EFC staff in praying for peace in the many parts of the world experiencing armed conflict. For additional reflection, you may want to read today’s blog post by the EFC’s Pierre Bergeron, “A Military Chaplain Remembers,” as well as the recent Faith Today article, “The Walking Wounded: How our soldiers struggle with war trauma and what the Church can do.”
THE MOST POPULAR BIBLE TRANSLATION IS ...
Do you read the King James Version? It’s the most popular Bible according to what people tell pollsters. But it’s actually not the translation that gets read the most. Learn more at Bible Translation Choice in Canada, 2013 (available at theEFC.ca/TranslationChoice). This new research paper by the EFC’s Rick Hiemstra is the second in a series based on the Canadian Bible Engagement Study, a partnership between the EFC and the Canadian Bible Forum.
NOVEMBER: ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
Adoption and quality fostering are justice issues for all Canadians and everyday challenges for thousands of Canadian children. Each November, the EFC encourages supporters to download free videos, pray together on key themes and discover great ideas on how your congregation can connect nationally and locally on the plight of Canada’s 30,000 adoptable children and youth. Get free EFC resources for pastors, congregations and families at AdoptionSunday.com. Please encourage your leadership team to pray, preach and connect.
PROSTITUTION BILL NOW LAW
Canada’s new prostitution laws passed the last hurdle to becoming law (“royal assent”) on Nov. 6. The new laws make it illegal to buy sex or advertise the sale of someone else’s sexual services. The new laws also replace the historic understanding of people who are prostituted as public nuisances with the new recognition that the vast majority are not in prostitution by choice. The EFC has long argued for laws recognizing those who are prostituted as vulnerable victims of exploitation. To contact your Member of Parliament, visit theEFC.ca/TakeAction.
HOW TO DISAGREE … GRACIOUSLY: NEW IN FAITH TODAY
The Nov/Dec issue of the EFC magazine Faith Today is now available. The new cover story examines how the Church, instead of being broken apart by disagreements, can learn to disagree with grace and truth. Buy a print subscription to the all-new Faith Today for only $4.99 per issue at faithtoday.ca/subscription or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362. Special Christmas offer: buy a gift subscription for a loved one, get a second subscription for a different address for free.
COMING EVENTS: FIND MORE AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Edmonton Momentum Young Adult Conf. (18+), Nov. 14-15
→ Toronto Promise Keepers Conf., Nov. 14-15
→ International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (alternate date), Nov. 16
BLOG FOR THE PERSECUTED
Two recent posts on the Faith Today blog encourage Canadians to pray for persecuted Christians worldwide. “The sheer volume of the more than 200 million Christians who are currently suffering for their faith in Christ is in itself overwhelming. This Sunday is yet another chance to tell the real life inspirational stories of faith in the face of evil, and to pray for their protection and courage,” writes Anita Levesque. “It is a time to remember that there are family members who daily know what it means to count the cost of following Jesus. It is a time where we intercede for them as well as their persecutors; where we as Christian family seek to live out what it means to mourn with those who mourn,” writes Floyd Brobbel.
WORLD EVANGELICAL AND CATHOLIC LEADERS MEET
A delegation of the World Evangelical Alliance led by Canadian Geoff Tunnicliffe met Nov. 6 with Pope Francis and representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. They talked about areas of common concern for both the evangelical community and the Roman Catholic Church. In his address, available online, Dr. Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the WEA, outlined specific action steps for the two world church bodies.