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Some pro-choice groups were celebrating this week! January 28th marked the anniversary of the abolishment of Canada’s abortion law. “There’s really nothing to celebrate,” says The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s General Legal Counsel Don Hutchinson. Now “Abortions are performed in Canada during all nine months of pregnancy, including partial birth abortion procedures.”

In addition, on Canada’s university campuses it is increasingly becoming an offence to defend the lives of the un-born. According to a story by Focus on the Family, student leaders are imposing restrictions to silence pro-life groups saying these conditions are necessary to “‘decrease the amount of offence’ the group’s stance on abortion would presumably cause other students.”

While abortion ranks high among issues important to Christians, so does poverty. On that front, here’s some good news! When the Yonge Street Mission began its second century of service to the poor in downtown Toronto, it incorporated practical steps that have proven to be effective in breaking the poverty cycle. With an intensive focus on education, lives are being transformed.

How does a church reach out to see lives transformed in its own neighbourhood? Alderwood United in Toronto had a good idea. Their gesture of love toward neighbours caught the community’s attention, and eventually opened doors to conversations.

And here is a helpful spiritual insight you don’t want to miss. In a special to ChristianWeek, Eric Wright says subtle pressures that cause guilt can usurp our freedom to serve Christ from the heart. It’s a question of spiritual liberty. When we are made to feel guilty for making healthy choices outside of the expectations of others, our spiritual liberty is threatened. Wright offers an answer. 

This week’s articles are educational and informative. We invite you to peruse these selections as well as the ones below. Please scroll down and enjoy your reading.


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Other New Articles This Week

Scandals Plague our Political History
Recently Canadians have just been subjected to yet another round of allegations, this time against former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Contemplating Life in the Shadow of Death
While we still have breath, there is hope. We can’t control all of our circumstances, but we can live with an attitude of life rather than one of death.

How Could I Be Happy in Heaven With a Loved One in Hell? 
This question, surely one of the most wrenching that a Christian faces, arises from two New Testament teachings.

In the Spotlight with Trevor McNevin
Thousand Foot Krutch make music that both Christians and non-Christians can enjoy.

A Primer on Climate Change
The Earth won’t crumble and fall apart, but an increasing number of scientists are encouraging us to recognize that something fundamental is changing on the planet.

Poor Lady? No, Poor Boys!
How do we relate to the elderly? As Christians we can contribute and help make their added years a good experience for them.

Another World
“My trip to the Dominican Republic changed my life in ways I never could have imagined.”

An Atheist Finds Freedom from Alcohol and Drugs
He couldn’t explain the sudden freedom from a cycle of drug abuse and depression. Who but God could have set him free?

God is Alive and Well and Living on the CBC
A recent series of news reports on CBC radio examined the question 'Where is God today?' The series generated a lot of interest and website traffic.

U.K. Allows Animal-Human Embryo Research
Two U.K. research teams have the green light to begin creating embryos that are part-human and part-animal for research purposes.





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