THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.02.10
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RESPONDING TO ASSISTED-DEATH DECISION
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Carter case last Friday takes us into a Canada where the sanctity of human life is no longer fully supported in our laws, says EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger. Instead, our society and our law will affirm some cases of assisted suicide and euthanasia. He reflects on these issues in a commentary posted today at theEFC.ca/Carter. That webpage also includes links to a new EFC letter to the Minister of Justice urging the government to respond quickly to the decision, and links to Clemenger’s recent TV appearances responding to the court decision.
RESEARCH FOR PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS
You don’t need a Twitter account to get the latest resources for pastors and ministry leaders. Just visit Twitter.com/EFCresearch to find helpful links and tips compiled by Rick Hiemstra, the EFC’s director of research. Hiemstra, who previously pastored a Wesleyan church, says he aims to share “only research that I think will be helpful for pastors or ministry leaders.” Visit anytime to scroll through this helpful repository of Canadian research links and quotable facts and numbers.
ARE ORGANIZATIONS FREE TO MAINTAIN THEIR RELIGIOUS IDENTITY?
A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia was more than a victory for Trinity Western University in its bid to start a law school. The decision also strongly affirms the freedom of religious organizations to maintain their religious identity and serve the public good, writes EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger. Read his Feb. 4 reflection at theEFC.ca/NSBS2015.
CANADA’S CLIMATE CHANGE EVANGELIST
One of the most prominent experts on climate change in North America is Canadian – and an Evangelical. Read a profile of Katharine Hayhoe in the latest issue of Faith Today. Subscribe today for our best prices ever! For a limited time only $2.99 per issue at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions.
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COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Missions Fest Alberta, Edmonton, Feb. 20-22
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→Today’s Teens, Oakville, Feb. 21
→Promise Keepers, Surrey, Feb. 21
→EFC President in Prince George, B.C., Feb. 22
IS BAPTISM DANGEROUS?
The radical reformer Menno Simons (1496-1561) believed that public baptism put one at the forefront of the world’s hostility, writes theologian Victor Shepherd in a historical profile at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.