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January 13, 2009

A poster couple in applied Christianity

By: Lorna Dueck
Two Canadian missionaries are about to become Kenya's poster couple for an amazing study in applied Christianity. Today, John and Eloise Bergen will begin testifying at the Kenyan trial of nine men accused of attacking them in July in an assault that left John, 70, severely beaten and Eloise, 66, gang-raped.
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December 24, 2008

The 12 days of Christmas

By: Lorna Dueck
The Christmas ditty we know as the "Twelve Days of Christmas" contains enough inner meanings to show that the sacred and secular have always enjoyed a competitive dance at this time of the year. It's a shame the church lost this one, but you'd be hard pressed to prove that the sixth century decree to set aside 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany has survived its original intent.
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December 11, 2008

Taking refuge in The Shack

By: Lorna Dueck
This book has nothing to do with politics per se. Rather it's a do-it-yourself way to manage your own therapy and figure out why you may be messed up about religion at the same time.
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November 13, 2008

Deciding to do little or nothing is still getting involved

By: Lorna Dueck
It was a story that made me wonder if the people who go daily into harm's way crossed their arms and said, "At last, they get it." When the world finally learned of CBC reporter Mellissa Fung's kidnapping in Afghanistan, the subplot was that an entire new community had made choices to protect and care. Editor after editor had to face the truth that individual actions will affect someone's survival.
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October 24, 2008

Bus murder opens door to justice re-think

By: Lorna Dueck
Seldom do we get to choose the stories that will shape our future. Things just happen, and when big enough they have the power to become a narrative, even a meta-narrative, over our lives.
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October 22, 2008

Quebec soil fertile for missionaries

By: Lorna Dueck
Quebec's Roman Catholic Church is fighting back. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec and Catholic Primate of Canada, has put the province on the map as missionary territory. Quebec, once "the cradle of North American evangelization," is in a state of crisis
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October 9, 2008

The credit crisis and the Bible

By: Lorna Dueck
Leadership deficit, consumption, greed, and lying infuse this crisis. We've followed the Pied Piper of our human nature right into economic disaster.
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October 3, 2008

Religion and politics in election campaigns

By: Lorna Dueck
Beliefs shape a person's worldview and that affects their character, their treatment of issues, relationships, how they react to life, it influences everything about a person. However, if someone has the same worldview and belief structure as I do, that does not mean I vote for them.
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August 21, 2008

It's been a brutal Olympics for Chinese Christians

The Olympic prayer bands -- those ubiquitous white bracelets known for championing a cause -- were a performance worthy of gold, except for the fact that the Chinese pastor who inspired the idea was arrested just two days before the Games began.
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June 30, 2008

No place for the state in families of the nation

I am one of those traumatized Canadians who actually was grounded, forbidden by my parents, from attending my class trip to the nation's capital. This was before the days of Canada's Senate tabling bills to affect family discipline, and before Globe editorial writers were pronouncing a Quebec court correct to overturn a dad's decision to ground his daughter from the class trip.
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June 5, 2008

Why Frank Stronach and his money got left at the altar

Mr. Stronach, who offered land, money and expertise to the crowded parish at Our Lady of Grace north of Toronto tackled more than what his life's grand experience had taught him when he followed his generous spirit down the trail of what it means to build a church.
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May 6, 2008

What Rev. Wright did wrong

By: Lorna Dueck
Mr. Obama now describes his old pastor as "divisive and destructive, giving comfort to those who prey on hate" and is "saddened by the spectacle" Mr. Wright has become.
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