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Culture - A Threat to the Church

When we travel we derive much pleasure from other cultures and their traditions. In fact, often we travel specifically for that purpose. If we enjoy various cultures, why, in context of the Church, do we seem to perceive the culture that surrounds us as a threat? And if that’s the case, asks Doug Heidebrecht, an instructor in biblical and theological studies in Saskatchewan, then what do we really mean by "culture"?

John Pellowe, CEO of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, says some may find Canada’s new, multi-faith environment threatening, but he suggests it doesn’t have to be that way. “It is closer to the environment Christians faced in the first century,” he says. And that’s a good thing because the “demographic shifts re-shaping Canada are turning believers into frontline missionaries” – believers like Pernell Goodyear. 

A young pastor in Hamilton, Ont., Goodyear is deeply concerned with what it means to love God and our neighbours in a changing culture. That’s why he is a founding leader of a network of Canadians who share his concern, and that’s why he co-leads church planting networks across Canada. To reach his own neighbourhood effectively, Goodyear pastors an inner-city coffee house church.

Along with Goodyear, another young Christian under 35 years of age recognized as one of Canada’s 35 top young Christian leaders in Surge magazine, is Karla Adolphe. At 26 Adolphe has been exceptionally successful on the folk music circuit, but her real goal, she says, is to show people God's love.

We invite you to peruse these articles, and explore our relationship as Christians to the cultures around us. When you scroll down, don’t miss the Federal Budget analysis and a review of the best-selling novel, The Shack.

Have a good week!


Daina Doucet
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