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Christians Should be Seen and Not Heard

The New York Times heard the breaking news about the Smithsonian from Denyse O'Leary,'s faith and science blogger. The Times said, "News of the Discovery Institute's announcement appeared on a blog maintained by Denyse O'Leary, a proponent of the intelligent design theory, who called it 'a stunning development'" (May 29th). See her weblog, Smithsonian Warms to Intelligent Design.

Discrimina-Tory? Christians can be seen, but should not be heard, according to some news reports. For commentary on these developments, please see Janet Epp Buckingham's weblog, Christians Need Not Apply. The article, If Newton Had Not Had His God, also speaks to this issue and states that an atheistic spirit desiring to "purge" religion from the public square has taken root in our society. Let's pray that God will continue to preserve the freedom of Christians to speak publicly.

What is God's plan for Canada? Unity. The article, A Marriage Is Coming to Canada by David Demian talks about God's desire to heal the ancient wound of division between French and English, and to release Canada into her destiny.

Many desire to see revival in Canada, and are making an effort to share God's love. Alpha at Work tells of a Canadian who launched a workplace outreach program that is now international. Faith combines with good works in an initiative that aims to share God's love through community action (see Celebration 2005 Begins) and Christians are taking this opportunity to do some creative outreach (see Creating a Buzz for God). With these and all our other efforts to be a blessing to our neighbours, do you ever wonder if the things we do make a difference? Read A Natural Alliance, and be encouraged.

Two additional thought-provoking opinion pieces: what would be left of the Bible if we took out all the Scriptures on God's heart for the poor (see Poor Being Forced to Live on Scraps). Also, multiculturalism in itself is good, but in Canada it is endowed with meaning that leads to problems (Multiculturalism: Road to Nowhere).

Do you need to connect with other Canadians who share your ministry calling? Please visit Connections to see how some groups are networking, and then add your own connection via:

Blessings in Christ,

Daina Doucet
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Other Articles This Week

Smithsonian Warms to Intelligent Design?
Has this prominent science institution called off the war against the Intelligent Design theory?

Christians Need Not Apply
We are definitely into election hype when the national newspapers start reporting on the number of scary Evangelicals running with their "hidden agendas."

Celebration 2005 Begins
Faith combines with good works: a three-week, Canada-wide, interdenominational outreach aimed at inspiring the Church and sharing God's love through community action, has launched.

Prejudice and bigotry lurk in unsuspecting ways.

A Marriage Is Coming to Canada
At the One Heart gathering in Quebec City during Summer 2005, Canada will receive a blessing from her parent nations, England and France, to be released into her destiny.

Creating a Buzz for God
Canadians seize the day for cooperative outreach.

Meet Jesus, My Friend
God is of interest to Canadian high school students. They are hearing the Gospel, but in ways so new, we would hardly recognize them as evangelism.

Busy Women Find Help in Taking Time for God
This author knows what it means to be busy. But ten minutes can go a long way. That's all it takes to find peace for your soul and confidence for your future.

Michael W. Smith: Great Is the Lord
The places Michael W. Smith serves have raised some eyebrows, but the opportunities he has had to tell people about Jesus are staggering.

Alpha at Work
From downtown Toronto Stock Exchange, to Harrods in London, England, Alpha in the Workplace courses are leaving a mark on CEOs and executives of corporations internationally.

If Newton Had Not Had His God
How did tacit atheism take root in our society? Those who deny faith in God have "purged" the public square of religious content based on their own religious belief system.

Dream Teams or Nightmares
The amount of time and energy a leadership team expends in pre-field training is the key to turning a short-term mission group into a "dream team."

Multiculturalism: the Road to Nowhere
While Canada's welcoming policies to new arrivals are admirable, the word, "multiculturalism" means much more than a welcoming attitude in Canada. And therein lies the problem.

My Battle with Manic Depression
After 16 years of silence, one woman tells of the illness that almost destroyed her.

A Natural Alliance
A Jewish writer observes, Christians are working hard: they help the poor, build megachurches, and sell 25 million copies of a book. They are doing something right.

Art Bears Witness in a Secular Age
The arts are often regarded as suspect, not just in the Church but also in our wider culture. Public funding is rarely generous. But what would life be like without the arts?

Debating the Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research could produce breakthroughs in curing many cancers and crippling diseases, but the ethics involved in research creates much controversy.

Poor Being Forced to Live on Scraps
People can really love the Bible, yet completely miss some of its most central themes. The Scriptures repeatedly tell us how to treat the poor, but we just don't seem to get it.





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