THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.02.17
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ASSISTED-SUICIDE: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE NEEDED
The EFC wrote to Canada’s Minister of Justice last week about the need to regulate assisted suicide. “We urge you to ensure that the practices of assisted suicide and euthanasia are only permissible within very strict parameters so as to minimally impair Canada’s commitment to the sanctity of human life and to protect the lives of vulnerable Canadians,” wrote EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger. “It is also imperative to protect the freedom of conscience and religion of all medical practitioners, so that no one will be compelled to directly or indirectly participate in any procedure that violates their beliefs and conscience.” Read the full letter at theEFC.ca/CarterLetter2015.
EFC SPEAKER IN PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger will be preaching at Westwood Church in Prince George this coming Sunday on the topic of religious freedom. He will also be giving a seminar on the sanctity of human life Sunday afternoon (2-5 p.m.). Request an EFC speaker for your event at theEFC.ca/speakers.
MORE COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Missions Fest Alberta, Edmonton, Feb. 20-22
→Le Courage de Diriger, St-Hyacinthe, Feb. 21
→Today’s Teens, Oakville, Feb. 21
→Promise Keepers, Surrey, Feb. 21
CONTROVERSIAL CODES OF CONDUCT
Organizational statements of faith and codes of conduct can be guiding documents – and provoke controversy. The latest issue of Faith Today interviews the experts and uses examples from Prairie Bible Institute and Trinity Western University to explore a topic that is relevant to congregations, summer camps and many other institutions. Subscribe today for our best prices ever! For a limited time only $2.99 per issue at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions.
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→Why admonition is such a great idea, By John Stackhouse
→Don’t be horrified at Christian conflict, By John Stackhouse
BIBLE VERSIONS: KJV VERSUS NIV
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 research paper by the EFC’s Rick Hiemstra is the second in a series on the Canadian Bible Engagement Study, an initiative of the Canadian Bible Forum and the EFC.
SUPPORT FOSTERING: VIDEO FOR YOUR CHURCH
Foster homes are urgently needed in Canada. About 80,000 Canadian children and youth are now in foster care. Make your congregation more aware with a new EFC video, Quality Fostering Matters. It’s free, six minutes long and designed for use in churches and small groups.
DISCERNMENT IS UNDERRATED
Critique is part of a healthy functioning of the Body of Christ, says New Testament professor Brian Glubish. “We are to submit mutually one to another, and any minister worth his salt will welcome such health,” he writes in an article at the Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.