THE EFC UPDATE - 2014.11.18
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FIVE DECADES OF COLLABORATION
The EFC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. The breadth and depth of Christian fellowship that Canadians have through the EFC is rare worldwide, says EFC President Bruce Clemenger. In a recent Faith Today column he invites Canadians to join him in reflecting on how God has blessed us with five decades of Christian collaboration.
QUEBEC: 14% DO 83% OF THE BIBLE READING
While only 14% of Quebeckers strongly agree “the Bible is the Word of God,” they do 83% of all the Bible reading in the province, according to new research the EFC presented recently in Montreal. By comparison 24% moderately agree “the Bible is the Word of God,” but these do 11% of the Bible reading. This shows the strong relationship between a high confidence in the divine origin of the Bible and Bible engagement. Learn more at theEFC.ca/BibleEngagementStudy.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Restorative Justice Week, Nov. 16-23
→More Than Gold PanAm Games Outreach, Toronto, Nov. 18
→Canadian Council of Churches 75th anniv., Toronto, Nov. 19
→Carey ReGeneration Chinese Cdn. Conf., Vanc., Nov. 20-22
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→Four things to know about human trafficking, by Ed Wilson
→Disagreeing well, by Gordon T. Smith
DAVE TOYCEN’S BIGGEST LESSONS
The Nov/Dec issue of the EFC magazine Faith Today includes an exclusive interview with Dave Toycen, who is retiring after 18 years leading World Vision Canada. 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.
HIGHLIGHT ADOPTION AND FOSTERING IN YOUR CHURCH
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.
DO YOU READ THE KING JAMES VERSION?
The King James Version is 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.