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Finding Times of Stillness and Refreshing

Where did it go? Summer is almost over! We still have a few precious days in which to carve out free time from our hectic schedules and relax in the sun. But is true Sabbath rest possible in the midst of water-skiing, barbecues, and camping trips? Pastor and author Mark Buchanan says we've lost "the rest of God, and with it, that part of Himself we can know only through stillness." Stillness is a foreign concept in our society, but there is wisdom in the pattern of work and rest that God established.

Willard Metzger, director of church relations with World Vision, echoes this thought, and carries it into our everyday lives. Work never ends, he says, but when demands are greatest and we face the most insurmountable difficulties, it's time to step away and rest. He offers four practical steps to keep in mind when we're tempted to hover over problems.

Also this week, we take a look at some issues that evoke a variety of opinions among Evangelicals. Christianity.ca offers us as believers a place where we can exchange thoughts on topics and occasionally enter into conversation about them. In previous weeks we presented the thoughts of Dr. Phil Zylla, principal of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) of Trinity Western University, on the benefits and pitfalls associated with an "emerging church" profile. This week we present Thoughts and Concerns about Emerging Ideas by Paul Millar, youth pastor at Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church in Ottawa, Ontario. He asks, do emerging church ideas achieve what they hope to, or purport to achieve?

There were also differences of opinion among respondents to our poll question last week, "Has national Israel been replaced or set aside by the Church?" Thirty-two percent responded Yes, and 68 percent responded No. Doug Hayman, on faculty with Augustine College, Ottawa, points out that the questions, "Is the Church the New Israel?" and "Has national Israel been replaced or set aside by the Church?" are not the same. Many Scripture verses he says have to be considered in addressing these questions.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, take time to be refreshed in the Son, and take time for a good book. Linda Hall's new mystery novel, Black Ice, challenges faith and addresses deep aspects of the lives of Christians. For more articles, please scroll down and view our other special selections.

Blessings,

Daina Doucet
Online Editor
Write us at: feedback@christianity.ca

 

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Religious Leaders Take on City Hall
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