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The EFC Podcast has been releasing new audio recordings since June 1, 2017 to help Canadians think about their own faith and the issues facing Canada and beyond. Some podcasts also highlight the global Church with episodes featuring Brian Stiller, global ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance.

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Are you in a flourishing church? How do you know when you've found one? (Dec. 5, 2018) Dr. Joel Thiessen studies religion and culture in Canada. He is Professor of Sociology & Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary. Joel joins us in this podcast for a conversation about what exactly makes a church flourish. And what does that mean anyway? Especially in today’s Canada when so many churches are struggling to stay alive.
Six Takeaways from The Future of Evangelicalism in America (Dec. 3, 2018)

At an April 2018 meeting near Chicago, fifty Evangelical leaders of various ministries, ethnicities and churches explored the theme: The Future of Evangelicalism in America. The conveners, making no claim to represent a full round of evangelical views and with no pretense of attempting to arrive at solutions, were courageous and ambitious, even though it was evident that (at best) this was just the beginning of a conversation about how American Evangelicals are caught in a situation of their own making. Here are the takeaways Brian Stiller gathered at the event. (See also the original text version of this May 2018 article.)

Let the Sermon Be Interrupted: A new approach to reconciliation (Nov. 26, 2018) Calgary author and pastor Mark Buchanan walks us through his own journey with reconcilation in Canada and encourages churches and Christians to fully embrace a new way of relating between First Nation and Settler Christians. A Faith Today article from Jan/Feb 2018.
What do we do when people leave the faith? (Nov. 20, 2018) Author and professor Paul Chamberlain discusses why people leave the faith and how we can best respond to their arguments against Christianity in this interview with Karen Stiller. See the related Faith Today article from Nov/Dec 2018.
Finding Light In Darkness - The Myanmar Tragedy (Nov. 14, 2018) Dispatch from Brian Stiller (original Nov. 6 text version)
What does the gospel have to do with poverty? (Nov. 9, 2018) Barry Slauenwhite is president of Compassion Canada. “We must continually ask ourselves as we invest time, money, resources and energy into helping those in poverty: Are we doing so strategically?” That question is at the heart of his new book Strategic Compassion: Reuniting the good news and good works in the fight against poverty. In this interview with Karen Stiller, Slauenwhite defines poverty in a way you might not expect and challenges the Canadian Church to truly respond in a holistic manner. He also takes us behind the scenes of child sponsorship and explains how this form of help really works.
How to Grow: Applying the gospel to all of your life (Nov. 1, 2018) Author and pastor Darryl Dash shares with us the three core areas every Christian should be engaged with in order to grow, and the simple techniques that can help us all in our spiritual lives. See the related Faith Today article from Nov/Dec 2018.
Author Max Lucado (Oct. 29, 2018) Author Max Lucado on writing, Donald Trump and how God's promises hold strong, even in tough times.
Prayer: A problem of persistence (Oct. 18, 2018) What does Jesus mean when He tells us to be persistent in prayer? In this Faith Today article from Nov/Dec 2017, writer Carolyn Arends shares her own struggles with this question, and how she is resolving it.
How to create a rule of life (Oct. 9, 2018) A rule of life is an ancient spiritual tradition that helps Christians map out a pathway to greater devotion. In this Faith Today article from Mar/Apr 2017, writer and pastor Darryl Dash leads us through the process of creating our own.
Afraid to die: When the devout experience intense fear at the end of life (Sept. 18, 2018) Doug Koop is a spiritual health practitioner at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He’s also a writer. Both of those vocations came together in a Faith Today magazine article from May/Jun 2018 about devout Christian people who experience an unexpected amount of fear or anxiety as they near death. We spoke to him about his research and his experiences with this reality.
Renegotiating Faith: An interview about the youth and faith research (Sept. 11, 2018) Renegotiating Faith: The Delay in Young Adult Identity Formation and What It Means for the Church in Canada is a new body of research investigating the transition time when many Canadian youth leave the church. The research also provides simple strategies for how faith communities can help youth maintain a vital faith identity. In this podcast, Karen Stiller interviews head researcher Rick Hiemstra about what the research revealed, and what parents and churches can learn.
So much for secular Canada allowing diversity (Sept. 5, 2018) Dispatch from Brian Stiller (original Aug. 9 print version)
When sexual misconduct hits the Church (Aug. 29, 2018) David Martin is executive minister of the Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and is an expert in dealing with issues of sexual misconduct within the Church. In this podcast, he explores with us the devastation wrought by this kind of transgression in the Church, the bare minimum protections required and how healing can best happen. (See related interview in Faith Today, Sep/Oct 2018.)
Trinity Western's Controversial Community Covenant (Aug. 17, 2018) TWU's decision to change the requirement for students to sign a community covenant was welcomed by some and met with dismay by others. TWU President Bob Kuhn joins us on the EFC podcast to explain why TWU made this decision, whether a law school is still in the works and what message he has for people wondering why TWU engaged in its legal battle, only to eventually change its requirement for students to sign the controversial community covenant.
Faith and Vocation (Aug. 14, 2018) Steven Garber is professor of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College and author of the book Visions of Vocation. He spoke with Karen Stiller in Vancouver about how what we do mixes together with our faith.
Healing churches: The hard path churches must walk through listening, confession and reconciliation (July 30, 2018) Rev. Dr Russ Parker is an author and healing and reconciliation expert. He has ministered in some of the world’s toughest spots, leading listening and forgiveness work. He is director of 2Restore, helping churches resolve and heal legacies of unhealed stories and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends. Russ Parker was in Ottawa recently for a conference on healing churches. He references his appearance at St. Peter & St. Paul's Anglican Church in Ottawa during this podcast.
How to take care of ourselves for spiritual and mental wellness (July 16, 2018) Sharon Ramsay is a a registered psychotherapist / marriage and family therapist in Toronto. She focuses on how context influences our ability to survive and thrive through the expected and surprising rhythms of life. Sharon walks us through what self-care really means and how we can all do better asking for help -- and getting away from those electronic devices. (See related interview from Faith Today, Sep/Oct 2018.)
The importance of theological education in a rapidly changing world and culture (July 9, 2018) Jeff Greenman is president and professor of theology and ethics at Regent College. He has led the college through the challenging times faced by every North American school of theological education. He met with Karen Stiller in Vancouver to talk about some of those challenges, the changing face of the church in Canada and what we can learn from the Church in the Majority World.
Unpacking the TWU Supreme Court of Canada decision (June 29, 2018) Audio of this June 27 webinar featuring Bruce Clemenger (EFC president), Albertos Polizogopoulos (legal co-counsel), Justin Cooper (Christian Higher Education Canada)
Short term missions are good for whose soul? (June 26, 2018) Audio of this 2017 Faith Today article by Alex Newman
Unpacking the TWU decision: An early response (June 15, 2018) Earl Phillips of TWU law school
The Ugly Truth About Human Trafficking in Canada (June 13, 2018) Paul Boge
Did We Find Peace in Assisi? (May 22, 2018) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Sept. 2016)
Ministry in Canada’s Poorest Postal Code (May 14, 2018) Audio of this 2015 Faith Today article by Julia Cheung
Voices From the National March for Life (May 12, 2018) Various marchers
When is a Heresy a Cult? (May 7, 2018) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version June 2016)
Interacting With Other World Religions (May 1, 2018) Mathew P. John
What Churches Are Learning From Refugees (April 25, 2018) Audio of this 2016 Faith Today article on churches in Halifax, Calgary and Owen Sound
Help your kids embrace the faith (April 20, 2018) Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach, author of the book Why I Didn’t Rebel (see original printed Faith Today article)
Youth Inspire Me - Interview with Renée Embree (April 17, 2018) Renée Embree, director of youth and family ministries for the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and director of the youth and young adult ministry program at Acadia Divinity College
The Humboldt Broncos hockey tragedy and how the Church can respond (April 13, 2018) Dave Wells, sports chaplain, general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Sexual Ethics (April 12, 2018) Aimee Patterson, Christian ethics consultant with The Salvation Army Ethics Centre (and see different but related article in print)
Politics and Faith (April 9, 2018) Preston Manning
Don’t Turn From the Suffering (April 2, 2018) Faith Today article by Doug Koop (and see the original column in print)
Brazil: A New Force in Mission (March 29, 2018) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Sept. 2016)
How to Create a Great Food Ministry (March 23, 2018) Panel discussion from EFC webinar featuring Jenn Arnold of 541 Eatery in Hamilton, Ont.; Kristine O’Brien of Trafalgar Presbyterian Church in Oakville, Ont.; and Amy MacLachlan, a freelance writer and volunteer at 541 Eatery
Science and Faith in Canada (March 21, 2018) Janet Warren, president of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation
Growing Your Spiritual Life as a Couple (March 21, 2018) Faith Today article by Sheila Wray Gregoire (see original print article)
How Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church Is Coping With Canada Summer Jobs Grant Situation (March 19, 2018) Emily Reesor, office administrator, Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church, Fort Langley, B.C. (and see related blog post)
Canada Summer Jobs grant controversy: Calvary Temple, How a maritime church is pushing back (March 15, 2018) Chad Nickerson, lead pastor, Calvary Temple, St. John, N.B. (and see related blog post)
How we order our hearts: The trouble with do-it-yourself transformation (March 9, 2018) Faith Today columnist Carolyn Arends (and see the original column in print)
How the Toronto City Mission is persevering in the Canada Summer Jobs grant situation (March 7, 2018) Dave Addison, Toronto City Mission (and see related blog post)
It’s good to take a break from tech: Dead to distraction (March 5, 2018) Faith Today columnist Carolyn Arends (and see the original column in print)
Youth ministry in Canada today (Feb. 27, 2018) Sid Koop of Truth Matters/CYWC (and see longer related webinar which also features Sarah Stanley of Truth Matters/CYWC and Marv Penner of All About Youth/Youth Specialties Canada)
Remembering Billy Graham (Feb. 21, 2018) Fred Weiss, executive director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan's Purse Canada
Grace in Vietnam (Feb. 21, 2018) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Oct. 2016)
One church responds to Canada Summer Job grant controversy (Feb. 13, 2018) Bob Davies, Kanata Baptist Church
Unintended consequences in China (Feb. 5, 2018) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Oct. 2016)
The beauty and challenge of youth ministry today (Jan. 30, 2018) Geri Rodman, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Why small churches matter (Jan. 29, 2018) Ron Johnston, Small Church Connections Canada
Beekeeping and our churches and neighbourhoods (Jan. 22, 2018) Author and pastor Preston Pouteaux
Artful discipleship (Jan. 16, 2018) Faith Today article by columnist Carolyn Arends
Simple ways to nournish your spirit with the arts (Jan. 16, 2018) Faith Today article by columnist Carolyn Arends
How one Canadian Church is grappling with reconciliation issues (Dec. 20, 2017) Ken Shigematsu, Tenth Church, Vancouver
Interview on TWU court case hearings (Dec. 7, 2017) Janet Epp Buckingham, Trinity Western University
Interview with Andrew Klavan, author of The Great Good Thing (Dec. 4, 2017) Interviewed by Faith Today columnist James A. Beverley
Argentina: An epic of faith (Nov. 3, 2017) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version June 2016)
Tough call in a tough world (Oct. 2, 2017) International humanitarian Baroness Caroline Cox
What’s happening with the top issues of 2017 for Canadian Christians (Sept. 26, 2017) EFC webinar featuring Julia Beazley, EFC director of public policy
The Broken Way (July 17, 2017) Interview with author Ann Voskamp
Hearing the truth, working for reconciliation (June 10, 2017) Faith Today article by senior writer Debra Fieguth
Clean water in Cambodia (June 10, 2017) Faith Today article by senior editor Karen Stiller
A land in need of a rebirth: Turkey (June 3, 2017) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Oct. 2016)
African church leaders taking hold (June 3, 2017) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version July 2015)
An answer to why in Africa (June 3, 2017) Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance (original print version Jan. 2017)
The challenge of gender fluidity: How might the church respond (May 31, 2017) Faith Today article by Sid Koop, Truth Matters Ministries
Foul mouthed and faithful (May 31, 2017) Faith Today article by senior writer Patricia Paddey
What is The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada? (May 30, 2017) Soundtrack of EFC 2017 promo video