Category Archives: Editorials

God as Refugee and Refuge

By Rebecca Roman

God, in Christ, knows the experience of the refugee. “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay here until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matthew 2:13–15).

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What If We Measure Interdependence?

In her article on singleness (pp. 6–9), Stephanie Fast raises the issue of reciprocity. One of the challenges of being single, she says, can be asking others for help with practical matters, knowing the favour isn’t able to be returned. This requires a certain degree of vulnerability, making it easier at times to hire needed help rather than ask. Continue reading What If We Measure Interdependence?

Pray for God’s Peace, Power, Protection

By Rebecca Roman

By the time you’re reading this, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (November 7, 2021) will have passed. However, the need for prayer remains.

According to Open Doors USA, in the last year there have been:

  • 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination;
  • 4,761 Christians killed for their faith;
  • 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked;
  • 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned.

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Firmly Planted on Earth and in Heaven

by Rebecca Roman

While Christians may be divided on the science of climate change, I think we can agree that the way we are living now is not sustainable in the long-term. In particular, industrialized countries are consuming more resources than we are producing.
According to the United Nations Statistics Division, in high-income countries in 2017 about 27 metric tons of natural resources were used to meet the needs of each person, 9.8 metric tons of which were extracted elsewhere in the world. Globally, consumption of natural resources increased by 50 percent from 1990 to 2017. Continue reading Firmly Planted on Earth and in Heaven

Scripture on the Proper Use of Scripture

by Rebecca Roman

In this issue, Darryl Klassen describes some ways Christians can abuse scripture in his article, “Hermeneutical Fallacies and Sexuality.” One way, he says, is that “scripture can be used ungraciously, as a weapon, to ‘beat down’ the other.”

This is an aspect of scripture’s use that has often concerned me. There are descriptions in the Bible of God’s word as a weapon—not against people, but against “the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Continue reading Scripture on the Proper Use of Scripture

Advent: The Inviting, Haunting Presence of Jesus

by Terry Smith

As we celebrate the first coming of our Lord and await his return, this Advent is a time to hear again the inviting, haunting words of our Lord.

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock…But everyone who…does not put them into practice is like a foolish man on sand. The rain came along, the streams rose, and the winds blew against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:24–27). Continue reading Advent: The Inviting, Haunting Presence of Jesus

COVID-19, Contagion, and Christ

by Rebecca Roman

We soon approach the season of Advent. And what an Advent season it will be. In recent history, there may never have been a more poignant sense that we are in waiting. Waiting for life to return to normal. Waiting to be able to freely socialize with one another. Waiting to sing in worship services without the hindrance of masks. Waiting for an end to anxiety—that we may unknowingly spread disease to our friends, family or neighbours. Or, anxiety over getting ill ourselves or loss of income. All around the world, we are wondering: when will it be over? Continue reading COVID-19, Contagion, and Christ