The EFC Podcast has been releasing new audio recordings since June 1, 2017 to help Canadians sort through the pressing issues of the day and topics like spiritual growth and health, other religions, religious freedom, vocation, and tough questions of faith and living in contemporary society. The podcast often features interviews, dispatches from Brian Stiller, global ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, and some of the best articles from Faith Today magazine.

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What can the Canadian Church do about the opioid crisis? (June 25, 2019) Stewart Cameron, recovery advocate, shares his journey.
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada turns 100 this year (June 20, 2019) David Wells is the general superintendant of PAOC. Turning 100 is a chance to look back, and to look forward. David Wells does both in this interview, including his encouragement for any churches feeling beleaguered these days.
Dancing on a razor: how writing and community helped an author heal (June 12, 2019) Kevin John White won the 2018 Best New Canadian Manuscript Contest, held by The Word Guild, a Christian community of writers, editors, speakers, publishers, booksellers, and librarians. His book will be published by Castle Quay, a Canadian Christian publisher. Kevin’s book is a memoir that details his years on the street and on the road, and his battle with addiction and the mercy he experienced in recovery.
Redeemer: A new president and a dramatic tuition cut (June 3, 2019) Dr. Robert Graham is the new president of Redeemer University. He speaks to us about the sizeable tuition cut Redeemer has introduced and his vision for this Christian academic community.
Canadian Christians are called to be involved (May 28, 2019) Willard Metzger is the new executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, a national organization that promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. The EFC’s Karen Stiller spoke with him about the prophetic role of churches in Canada today, and how Christians can be more involved in some of Canada’s most pressing issues.
Conscience, Doctors and religious freedom in Ontario (May 24, 2019) "If it's the doctors today, tomorrow it will be the churches." Larry Worthen of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada responds to the recent Ontario court of appeal ruling on conscience and referrals.
Still Time: The Beautiful grace of aging, community and friends (May 22, 2019) This Faith Today article by Maxine Hancock from Mar/Apr 2019, one of our most popular, examines the process of aging in a spiritually healthy and exceedingly positive way, full of joy and companionship.
What are we called to do in these times? (May 14, 2019) Dr. Anna Robbins has been named the seventh president of Acadia Divinity College. Far from discouraged at the position of the Church in today's culture, Anna calls us to a new level of optimistic engagement. An interview from the May/Jun 2019 issue of Faith Today.
The spirituality of writing, and how to get started (May 1, 2019) Mark Buchanan is a beloved Canadian Christian author and professor at Ambrose University. He explores with us why and how Christians can write most effectively. If you're a writer, or even if you're not, you will enjoy this conversation.
Things Are Not What They Once Were For the Church (23 April 2019) Author and scholar Lee Beach explores the new position of the Church in Canadian culture, and how the Church can best respond. An article from the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Faith Today.
Global Christian Forum (April 24, 2019) In the early years of this century, four Christian groups agreed to share concerns within a dialogue framed by love and devotion to Jesus. This dialog group would not make pronouncements or take actions. Instead, meeting every few years, we would face matters in an open and honest way about our respective witness. The four groups making up this “forum” are The World Evangelical Alliance, the Vatican (Roman Catholics), the World Pentecostal Fellowship, and the World Council of Churches. From a June 2018 Dispatch by Brian Stiller.
Celebrate Recovery: A look at this well-known ministry (April 16, 2019) This Faith Today article from Jul/Aug 2016 highlights and profiles the ministry of Celebrate Recovery.
To be or not to be an Evangelical (April 16, 2019) "Evangelical is now a word disfigured by political pundits, muddied by protestors from the left and right, and brought into dishonour by self-proclaimed spokespeople who excuse inappropriate behaviour and language as the necessary price for political power. The center has shifted, and many Evangelicals now wonder where they fit." A Dispatch from Brian Stiller (original March 2018 text version).
Teach us to want (March 29, 2019) Writer Jen Michel Pollock helps us examine our ways of wanting, and how God wants to give generously to us. Audio version of a Nov. 2016 article from Faith Today.
Leadership lessons from Tyndale's president (March 20, 2019) Gary Nelson has been president of Tyndale University College & Seminary for 10 years, and just announced his upcoming retirement. He speaks to us about leadership, theological education and how we are Church today in Canada.
Who are the keystone people in your neighbourhood? (March 11, 2019) Writer and pastor Preston Pouteaux's Faith Today article from May 2018 walks us through our neighbourhoods and helps us to see the potential for community and impact everywhere.
What does it mean to be “spirit-filled?” (March 4, 2019) Andrew Gabriel is the author of Simply Spirit-Filled: Experiencing God in the Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit. He’s also a theology professor at Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatoon and an ordained minister with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. A shortened, edited version of this interview was also published in Faith Today.
What is it like to be a pastor’s wife? (Feb. 25, 2019) Flowers for the Pastor’s Wife is an online community created by and for pastors’ wives in rural and small-town North America. Wendy McCready is the assistant administrator for the ministry and its Canadian head. She joins us from Alma, Ontario, to talk about the ministry and what it’s all about. Including tackling the age-old question: Can pastor’s wives really be friends with people in their congregations?
How Christians use social media (Feb. 11, 2019) Dr. Nicholas Greco is associate professor of communications & media at Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba. He is tweeting his way through the Catechism of the Catholic Church, among other very interesting projects.
The Evangelical Church in Vietnam: Beauty and resilience (Feb. 6, 2019) WEA Global Ambassador Brian Stiller visits Vietnam and reflects on the state of the Church in this beautiful country. Dispatch from Brian Stiller (original August text version).
Rethinking downtown urban churches (Jan. 29, 2019) Rev. Graham Singh is reimagining what it means to be a downtown church in today's Canada. It has to do with space-sharing, innovation and, yes, good business.
Is distracting technology damaging our capacity for concentration and contemplation? (Jan. 22, 2019) Modern devices and ancient disciplines: Are our devices shaping us in destructive ways? How is our spiritual life impacted by tech overload? This Faith Today article from Nov/Dec 2017 takes us inside these big, big questions. It was written by Derek Schuurman, a Canadian professor of computer science at Calvin College in Michigan. He suggests that we deliberately cultivate rest times from social media, to re-focus our minds and put technology in its proper place.
How churches can walk with those suffering and hurting (Jan. 15, 2019) Churches are well-positioned to be spiritual first responders to community tragedies. Merle Doherty, manager of the rapid response team of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, shares how we can do that well, even as individual Christians and friends. You can also find some articles about domestic crisis response in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Faith Today.
Six-minute annual report from the EFC (Jan. 8, 2019) Audio-only version of this six-minute video from Nov. 23, 2018.
African children singing us into Pentecost (Dec. 19, 2018) Dispatch from Brian Stiller (original July text version). There is nothing like a children’s choir to warm the heart. It was the day before Pentecost Sunday and the last day of a conference of African Pentecostals and Charismatics. A choir of South African children, bodies moving in rhythm to a Zulu tune, reminded us of the remarkable stories of unforeseen growth in the church of Africa.
How churches can protect the vulnerable and themselves (Dec. 14, 2018) We are all alarmed at the stories of harassment and abuse that happen in our churches. Melodie Bissell is executive director of Plan to Protect, the screening and protection program used by almost half of Canadian churches. She shares her insights into abuse in churches, who it hurts and how we can protect the vulnerable, including our pastors.
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). Myanmar is a country of 54 million people, divided into eight major ethnic races grouped by region, more so than language of ethnic affiliation. These regions camouflage its actual 135 distinct ethnic groups! We too quickly assume that globalization is good, unifying people of all kinds of cultural strands. Democracy and human rights we value so highly are not necessarily embraced. Tribalism often rules, and Myanmar is a prime example. Mistreatment of ethnic or religious minorities is nothing new in what was formerly Burma. Internally there are some 600,000 displaced persons, not counting the tens of thousands still in camps in Thailand and other surrounding countries.
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). Trinity Western University, a Canadian liberal arts university, planned to open a law school as part of its vision to prepare Christians to serve in public and civic life. It wasn’t long before their plan triggered the ire of provincial law societies. In the end, this case ended up before the Supreme Court of Canada which ruled that provincial law societies could refuse to admit TWU law grads from practising law. Their ruling was based on their objection to the university’s community covenant: it requires students to agree to abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and woman.” Why does this matter to Christians inside and outside of Canada?
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, director of TWU's hotly contested law school, offers an early response to the June 15 Supreme Court of Canada decision. "We know who we serve. We can trust in God," says Phillips.
The Ugly Truth About Human Trafficking in Canada (June 13, 2018) Paul Boge is the author of the newly released book The Truth About Human Trafficking in Canada. He takes readers behind the scenes of human trafficking in Canada, dispels myths and sheds light on the realities of the Canadian sex trade.
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) This year's March for Life in Ottawa was met with loud counter-protests, but thousands of marchers made their way through Ottawa's downtown core nonetheless. Here are several voices from that March, including Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator of Silent No More.
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 is the creator of an online course called Mosaic. He explains why it's important to understand other religions when we share our faith.
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 article 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 has led InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for the last 17 years. Preparing for retirement, she shares with the EFC Podcast what has kept her focussed over the years and her special admiration for this generation of Canadian youth.
Why small churches matter (Jan. 29, 2018) Small Church Connections helps small churches across Canada develop a greater sense of their potential so that they become more effective in serving their communities. Read the full article by Ron Johnston, director of Small Church Connections, in the Jul/Aug Faith Today
Beekeeping and our churches and neighbourhoods (Jan. 22, 2018) Author and pastor Preston Pouteaux spoke to the EFC podcast about his book and how we become more attentive to our neighbourhoods and our neighbours. Read an edited excerpt from The Bees of Rainbow Falls in Faith Today.
Artful discipleship (Jan. 16, 2018) Carolyn Arends shares several ways the arts can help in spiritual formation in this Jul/Aug 2016 Faith Today cover story
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) This fall Vancouver pastor and author Ken Shigematsu preached a sermon on reconciliation with First Nations peoples that was honest, painful, inspiring and received an unexpected level of attention. His sermon "Seeking Truth and Reconciliation" is reprinted online at Preaching Ken spoke to us about why reconciliation is so important right now in Canada, and the essential role Canadian congregations can play.
Interview on TWU court case hearings (Dec. 7, 2017) Janet Buckingham directs Trinity Western University’s Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa. She is also a lawyer who helped develop the proposal for a law school at Trinity Western and attended both days of the Supreme Court of Canada hearings that happened recently over TWU's law school case. Buckingham shares her impressions of the case and how the hearings went, as well as what the Canadian Christian community can expect.
Interview with Andrew Klavan, author of The Great Good Thing (Dec. 4, 2017) Andrew Klavan is an award-winning writer, screenwriter and media commentator who has made the improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish intellectual in New York to baptized Christian in California. Faith Today columnist Jim Beverley interviewed him about his coming-to-faith memoir The Great Good Thing (Thomas Nelson, 2016) last year. This podcast is a recording of that interview. Read more in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of Faith Today: The Great Good Thing
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) Baroness Caroline Cox is an international humanitarian who works in some of the world’s most difficult places. She spoke to us about her motivation, fears and challenge to us as Christians who care about the world.
What’s happening with the top issues of 2017 for Canadian Christians (Sept. 26, 2017) A “round up” conversation on some of the issues the EFC is working on this fall 2017, helping us catch up on the latest information on medical assistance in dying, pornography, religious discrimination, Bill C51, and others. Participants asked questions directly to Julia Beazley, the EFC’s director of public policy.
The Broken Way (July 17, 2017)

Ann Voskamp, Ontario author of the bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, and most recently The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life, talks to Faith Today editor Karen Stiller about her latest book, how we can all be more honest about our brokenness and why that’s so important. Read the print interview here.

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 editor Karen Stiller visited Cambodia on a Samaritan’s Purse Water for Kids trip, and reached some conclusions about short term mission trips. Read the 2015 text version.
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 Christianity has grown 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. Read full text from Nov/Dec 2016
Foul mouthed and faithful (May 31, 2017) Faith Today article by senior writer Patricia Paddey. Read full text from Sep/Oct 2016.
What is The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada? (May 30, 2017) Soundtrack of EFC 2017 promo video