Measuring Religious Experiences

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Religious experiences have long been mysterious events that only the mystics have understood. However, whether you are a mystic or not, how do you explain a religious experience? How do you account for life-altering religious conversions, near death experiences, or simply worship and prayer? And, … [Read more...]

Why Churches Need to Embrace Technology

Technology and the Church

Churches unable to adapt to technology and the way people communicate today may be in trouble. We often hear about churches across Canada losing young people and closing their doors. I believe that a few low-cost, practical tips can help churches connect with their community, increase their reach, … [Read more...]

Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Launch Common Prayer App

Common Prayer

Praying together—separately—has never been easier thanks to Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new Common Prayer app.Claiborne and Wilson-Hartgrove are co-authors of the 2010 book Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, which has sold 56,000 copies. The year of morning, … [Read more...]

Minding the gap: understanding the inequality of consumerism and sex trafficking

Mind the Gap

My husband Jay and I are currently in Europe making a documentary about legalization of prostitution, its connection to human trafficking, and preventative models that reduce sexual exploitation. Last week we were on the subway in Vienna. At every stop they would announce the location, along with … [Read more...]

“When Helping Hurts” author to speak at Canadian Conference

When-Helping-Hurts

Have you ever made a donation based on guilt? Or given because you “should”? Or have you ever felt powerless to ease the world’s problems, and done nothing at all? It’s uncomfortable to evaluate the motivations behind our charitable actions, but it’s vitally important.A one-day conference called … [Read more...]

Making the Kingdom of God Tangible

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A few years back I read a book by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, entitled The Tangible Kingdom. As I read it my heart burned. When I shut the book I said out loud: “That is what I want to do with my life.” And I have. At least I have tried. And I am doing my best to drag others along with me.Halter … [Read more...]

Intact Families are different

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Children raised in an intact biological family are more likely to do well on a range of issues, according to a study called "How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?" The study was done by Mark Regnerus of the Population Research Center at the University of … [Read more...]

Becoming Soul Mates

Les and Leslie Parrott

Nationally known relationship experts host local events to build stronger relationships and marriages Couples are invited to gather for a fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for lifelong love.  The Becoming Soul Mates seminar is for everyone—newlyweds, “oldyweds,” … [Read more...]

Two worlds and a pole carving

Totem Pole Carving

“Hey Don, I don’t think I can come. My car won’t start.”My friend Isadore’s voice was strained with frustration. After phone calls to the dealership, and various failed attempts to dislodge the seized ignition tumbler, he was giving up. The fact that he had also just lost his full-time job days … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber gets tattoo of Jesus

Justin Bieber show his Jesus Tattoo on the beach

17-year-old Justin Bieber recently got a tattoo of Jesus on his calf. He is known around the world for having a golden voice as well as for being vocal about his faith. He told the Associated Press in 2010, "I'm a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins... I … [Read more...]

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