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Does What You Believe Really Matter?

by on Dec.02, 2011, under Rebecca Stewart

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Excerpt: Does what you believe Really matter? Two streams of my life converged this week in an interesting way to challenge me on the question of, whether what I believe is important. It’s easy to take an academic philosophical point of view on such things, but this week it has become more of a pragmatic challenge. In my role of teacher I am being challenged to find ways to help students learn, who would really rather not…at least not in class, or not on topics that the adults in their lives think are valuable for them to know now. It would probably…

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Clean and Unclean

by on Sep.12, 2011, under Jean Jantzen

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Excerpt: CLEAN AND UNCLEAN By Jean Jantzen “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 Would we feed our family food we know is contaminated or unclean? Most people would not eat unclean meat…

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In the Steps of Barnabas and Paul 2

by on Jul.27, 2011, under Jeff Patton

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Excerpt: Cyprus Journal-Part 2 Monday—January 17, 2005 What a great day we had today. Last night we had a reasonable sleep, but there was a continuous “white noise” in the background that we couldn’t avoid in our room. The pool’s pump room next door made it seem as if we were berthed beside a ship’s engine. The woman at the reception desk graciously allowed us to change to a different room: one that had a great ocean view. Ask, and ye shall receive! Why is man-made noise generally so annoying and disagreeable while the sound of the Creator’s ocean waves crashing on the…

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In the Steps of Barnabas and Paul

by on Jul.18, 2011, under Jeff Patton

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Excerpt: Cyprus Journal –Preaching the Good News Sunday—January 16, 2005 We flew into Paphos, Cyprus, for our vacation about 8 o’clock at night in the midst of a winter storm complete with lightning flashes and blustery winds. After clearing immigration, the representative from the travel company cracked the expected jokes to the planeload of Brits about bringing in the bad weather so as to feel right at home. But then, maybe it was the five Canucks from British Columbia’s Vancouver Island who squeezed on board that were responsible for what would be our typical BC January weather blowing off the Pacific Ocean—wet but…

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Adam or Eve? Who’s Guilty?

by on Jul.07, 2011, under Articles, Jean Jantzen

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Excerpt:   Adam and Eve and the Forbidden Fruit Is Eve more guilty than Adam? By Jean Jantzen   In our modern twentieth century perspective, most people within the Christian community suppose that Mother Eve was totally responsible for the fall of humanity and the dire consequences that followed her actions in the Garden of Eden. The origin of mankind’s trouble begins with the encounter between Eve and the beautiful serpent in the Garden.  It is in this garden where Eve succumbs to the temptation to partake of the fruit of the tree of good and evil.  Was only Eve then responsible?  What was…

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The “Dumbest Generation?”

by on May.22, 2011, under Jeff Patton

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There is a small, but vocal, group of educational professionals who are deeply worried about the intellectual abilities of young people in secondary and post-secondary education these days. Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, said in his recently published book The Dumbest Generation:
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    Moment of Truth

    by on May.08, 2011, under Articles

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    Excerpt: MOMENT OF TRUTH A building without integrity may receive structural damage, or even collapse, in a storm. Similarly, people without integrity are blown about by the winds of misfortune and destroyed by catastrophes, for they lack the firmness, solidity, and strength of character to weather any storm. Dr. William Menninger (1899 ~ 1966) called integrity one of the six essential qualities that are the key to success. By Jean Jantzen Have you ever tuned into Moment of Truth? I accidentally did the other night. Contestants answer a series of 21 increasingly personal and embarrassing questions to receive cash prizes. One contestant,…

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    Evil Deserves Justice

    by on Apr.08, 2011, under Jeff Patton

    How do we, as a society, effectively respond to evil? This week the B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston sentenced Kruse Hendrik Wellwood, 17, and Cameron Alexander Moffat, 18, to life in prison with no possibility for parole for 10 years. They were convicted by a large amount of grisly evidence and by the testimony of their own mouths. What was the crime Wellwood and Moffat committed?…

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    Looking Out for Our Best Interests

    by on Apr.03, 2011, under Jeff Patton

      On Friday, April 1, 2011, the Wisconsin state governor Scott Walker signed into law an immensely controversial bill passed by that state’s legislature the previous evening despite death threats, intimidation, and large demonstrations by organized labour supporters. The new law effectively puts this Midwestern state’s public-sector unions on a diet of low-fat cheese at a time when many American states and municipalities are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The consequences of such defaults on state and municipal financial obligations would be profound…

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    Who Has Seen the Wind

    by on May.17, 2010, under Articles

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    Excerpt: WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? AN INCREDIBLE GIFT By Jean Jantzen Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by. Christina Georgina Rossetti The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8. When I feel the wind on my cheek on a hot day and appreciate how refreshing it is, I…

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    Your Roots Your Destiny

    by on May.13, 2010, under Announcements, Articles, Jeff Patton

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    Excerpt: Your Roots Your Destiny Introduction Does God keep His promises? Would He be willing to have and maintain a close relationship with a human like me? I don’t kid myself about being holy or perfect. There are even those occasions when I feel rebellious or tempted. Sometimes I do my own thing and I don’t want to listen to the Divine Authority Figure who tells me what is right or wrong. I admit it! There are moments when I think I know best and I behave like a spiritual teenager who won’t pay attention to His heavenly Father’s instructions. It seems as though…

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    When stepping on someone’s toes results in murder

    by on May.07, 2010, under Articles, Jeff Patton

    On a pleasant late July evening in Victoria, B.C. two years ago, 16-year-old Mark Arrieta pulled out a handgun at the strident urging of his 22-year-old “friend,” Somphanvanh Chanthabouala, and shot at point-blank range three other young people, seriously injuring two while killing 20-year-old University of Victoria student Philbert Truong. Click Here to read more (continue reading…)

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    Catholic doctrinal error propagates child abuse scandals!

    by on Apr.09, 2010, under Articles, Jeff Patton

    During the recently completed Easter/Passover season there were a great number of headlines in the various media sources I was following about the latest episode of the Roman Catholic Church and the illicit appetites of its clergy for pedophilia. This time around the scandal of Catholic priests sexually abusing children was stunning Europe.  The media has been talking about incidents in Ireland and Germany where, it seems, some are questioning whether the current pope was actually involved himself in covering up some abuse cases that happened there, during the time he was in charge… Click Here to read more (continue reading…)

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    Passover old and new

    by on Mar.27, 2010, under Archived Sermons, Joshua Patton

    Weekly Sermon – March 27, 2010 Josh Patton gives a sermonette reviewing the old covenant Passover, and ties it to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice as the Passover lamb. Play Sermon

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    Pesach-The poem

    by on Mar.20, 2010, under Articles, Rebecca Stewart

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    Counter-intuitive: lifetime employment makes financial sense

    by on Mar.18, 2010, under Articles, Jeff Patton

    If you believe mainstream economists, we are on the path leading out of “The Great Recession.” But even if this is true, there are a whole lot of jobs in North America, millions of jobs that need to be re-created just to get back to pre-2008 levels. Click Here to Read More (continue reading…)

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    Honesty

    by on Mar.14, 2010, under Articles, Rebecca Stewart

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    Excerpt: Honesty can be such a little thing, but the most important thing. There is no growth or change without it. It informs our conscience and provides the foundation and direction for our life. Have you ever gone through the check-out line and just as you step away having paid for your purchases you look down at the foot of your cart and see a large item, say, toilet paper. This happened to me recently and not being too sure of my memory these days a little worm of doubt burrowed its way into my mind. Had I paid for this? No…

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    Reaping what we sow–gendercide and abortion

    by on Mar.14, 2010, under Articles, Jeff Patton

    “The right to liberty… guarantees a degree of personal autonomy over important decisions intimately affecting his or her private life. … The decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is essentially a moral decision and in a free and democratic society, the conscience of the individual must be paramount to that of the state.” (Morgentaler et al. v. Her Majesty The Queen, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 at 37) Click Here to read more (continue reading…)

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    WHO AM I?

    by on Jan.13, 2010, under Articles

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    Excerpt: Gretta Vosper in her new book With Or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe asks, “Why do we need a ‘revolutionary’ voice from two millennia ago to guide us? We have fabulous ideas of our own, that are constantly weakened by having to tie them back to Jesus and Scripture.” The book description is as follows: “God does not answer our prayers. Jesus is not the Saviour who saved the world by dying for our sins. Simply put, Christianity is “love one another.” Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity and…

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    GIDEON: The Reluctant Christian

    by on Jan.04, 2010, under Articles

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    Excerpt: It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longermeaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there ispower. (Alan Cohen) We were kind of like Gideon…shy, retiring, scared. The whole world seemed a scary place…so he hid in a cave, threshing his wheat in a wine press. Normally farmers threshed on a hill where the wind blew away the chaff, but Gideon has the indignity of threshing in a dark cave where the…

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