A Tribute to Dr. Walter Unger

Dr. Walter Unger, longtime President and Professor at Columbia Bible College passed away on May 9th and is now absent from his body but present with his Savior. Written reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. Unger will be legion, and I hope the following paragraphs are a helpful addition to that broader library. I have three reflections of Dr. Unger: A classroom, a conference, and a conversation.

A Classroom
Dr. Unger (though most of the time he insisted both peers and pupils call him Wally) was easily the most influential theological voice from my time at Columbia Bible College. By the time I had the privilege of sitting in his Theological Confessions course,

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East Abbotsford Campus

We are planning for the launch of an East Abbotsford campus to start in September. We will be announcing our plans on the weekend of May 26/27. For people interested in hearing more about this new outreach, we invite you to join us for our vision night, June 10 in the Worship Centre.

 

Steve Wiens
Executive Pastor

Sad Stories of “Rebel” Pastors

We generally watch movies for the sake of entertainment. At the end of a busy day or stressful week we want to turn off our brains, relax, and simply enjoy a good story! The problem with this tendency is that film writers (like all communicators) have agendas. While every agenda is not necessarily bad or wrong, if we walk into movie theatres or turn on Netflix without engaging our minds, we are susceptible to being emotionally and intellectually persuaded to subconsciously absorb and adopt the filmmaker’s view point.

With this reality in mind, we encourage people to watch every movie with discernment and to think through whether you agree or disagree with its message. In order to equip you to engage with recent films which highlight the life stories of two contemporary church leaders, we’d encourage you to read this article before pressing “play”, and then talk through the themes with others afterwards.

~ Kristal Toews

The “megachurch pastor falls from grace” headline is tragically common these days, especially in the sort of celebrity-driven, post-institutional Christianity that Andy Crouch has written about recently.

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Enjoy Your Spouse

There’s a quote out there on the interweb that says “Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life.” And in the wise words of Larry the Cucumber, “It’s funny because it’s true.”

Carla and I have been married for almost 21 years and I do many things that annoy her, sometimes on purpose. I have a mug that is shaped like the head of Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and I will hide it all over our place so that it will surprise her, and hopefully scare her. He may be peeking from behind the TV, or the coffee maker, or between the pillows on the bed, or on the shelf that’s right at her eye level. It’s good fun. I also snore, a lot. Loud, long, wheezing snores that sound like I’m dying. It’s so bad that I actually wake myself up startled, thinking “What was that noise?” In other words, I annoy myself!

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How much is a little girl worth?

“How much is a little girl worth?” is the question that Rachael Denhollander asks.

Denhollander is one of well over 250 victims of decades of repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. The case against Dr. Nassar has been brought to international headlines over the past couple of weeks, as the judge in the case allowed over 150 victims to confront Nassar in court. You can watch her whole testimony here. It’s well worth the time.

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6 Things You Need to Know about Abortion in Canada

The recent outrage over the Canada Summer Jobs grant program sparked the conversation again on the issue of abortion. As one might expect, emotions run high and sharp words of condemnation are exchanged. In times like these, it’s important to keep informed, so here are 6 things that you need to know about abortion in Canada.

  1. Abortion claims the lives of about 100,000 pre-born children every year in Canada. If that number doesn’t strike you, perhaps a visual representation might help. 100,000 children per year translates to roughly 274 children per day. That means, while you were sleeping last night, more than 91 pre-born children lost their lives through abortion.
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