Written by Conor SweetmanThe signs of the times seem to be more clear than ever.As I chat about spiritual matters with baby boomers and above, I hear insinuations that we’re teetering at the brink of the end of the world. The way things are going culturally seems to be a clear indication of the spee
Interview with Catherine Fowler, director of The Dating ProjectWhen Love Is Moving heard about this American documentary, we thought we should find out more about it for our readers. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Conor Sweetman:Hello, Catherine, tell us a bit about your film
A glimpse into Diamonds by Dagmar Morgan Diamonds is a collection of poems that are a testimony to the healing power of Jesus. Dagmar Morgan tackles topics relevant to modern life and the dynamic journey as a woman of faith. Fiercely honest, Morgan writes as if to save her life as she shares storie
Written by Layton MacCabe “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,” declared a man named Jesus on a mountain 2,000 years ago. Since then, those words have been treasured, recorded, translated, re-read, and highlighted over and over again. But one might rightly ask to what end this
Written by James Clarence Matthew 5:8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”Have you ever found it difficult to remain pure in today’s society? Have you ever had thoughts pop up in your mind that you have no idea where they are coming from? Have you ever struggled with the reality th
An Excerpt from the book by Ken ShigematsuIn college I majored in business economic and planned to work in the corporate world upon graduation. But in the back of my mind, I had a sense that God might call me to enter the so-called “Christian ministry,” perhaps as a pastor or missionary. So during m
Written by Preston PouteauxI was in my early 20’s when I got my first job working for a church. As part of the preparation, the church invited me to the Global Leadership Summit, the go-to event for aspiring church leaders. Hundreds gathered at our local mega-church to wait for the satellite feed to
Written by Sawyer Bullock The Bible speaks at length about suffering. It’s strange that we don’t.Whether it’s cancer, a car crash, heartbreak—take your pick—we all experience pain and loss in this life. For those in the body of Christ, this can make us wonder why God allows us to remain in certain s
Words by Marina HannaAs April drew to a close, I sat in a café across the table from a dear friend of mine. Exams were finished, my dorm packed, and my mother was currently driving across the border to take me home for the summer. Between sips of coffee, my friend said, “I just wanted to catch up an
Written by Morgan Clark Stories are faith builders—they are a source of encouragement which help us recognize what God has done in our lives and in the lives of those in our community. For this reason, I want to tell you one of my stories about how I have experienced the truth of God’s Word in my li
Written by Heather MittonTwo weeks ago my Dad died in an accident.I waved to him as I stopped by the church on my way to coffee, and an hour later I came home to find two police officers standing quietly in our living room. He was 61.On that day, and the days that followed, Jesus was unfamiliar to m
Written by Katie PezzuttoMy mother has lived in a privatized care home for the past several years. In Canada, privatized health care is the colloquial term for an underfunded, overcrowded money-making machine, led by a leash at the strategic hand of greedy millionaires. As the facility she lives in
Written by Andrea Nwabuike I was sitting at work on Boxing Day, enjoying the slower pace of the day and dreaming of the glorious Christmas leftovers calling to my spirit from home. My sister was meant to go out to lunch with family so I texted her to check if she had found the restaurant. To my surp
Written by Josiah Piett Since the beginning of creation, God has revealed His love for humanity through His vulnerability. The Father of all things has allowed His creation to have the choice whether or not they will be in relationship with Him. We see this through the whole Bible, beginning with Ad
Written by Josee Foster I thought I was an expert at defining peace. After all, I did grow up singing cheesy “fruit of the Spirit” songs! Little did I know how little I knew. I didn’t realize peace is a gift, and like any good gift the Father wants to give His children, the enemy wants to steal it.
Written by Jamila HolderI am about seven months into my healthy-eating journey and I have noticed something: a lot of us desire to eat healthier and lead healthier lives in general, but very few of us ever make the transition. (I can’t help but stress that it is a process, not a sudden switch.) Befo
Written by Shawn Naylor I find it interesting that in our society, workplaces, ministries, and life we are taught that we have to be assertive so that everything will bend to us and our vision and wishes. As an A-Type personality, I tend to agree with this! I like to be in control and push through t
Written by Sam Aragones The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most influential texts in the world. Its principles are counter-cultural, effective weapons for combatting sin and self-centeredness. At one point in it, Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 ).
Written by Jeff Baker We have a funny idea of what it means to be blessed in our society. We walk around saying “I’m so blessed to live in this house” or “to drive this car” or “to go to this school.” And I’m not saying we shouldn’t be thankful for the things in our lives, I’m just saying we need to
Written by Alyssa EsparazBlessed are the poor in spiritWhat we can learn when our privilege is confronted by poverty?“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)This opening line of the Beatitudes—and of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount—can be really confusing. Why
Written by Jessica Bayus Homeless. When you hear this word, what comes to mind? It’s amazing how quickly we picture a dirty man wandering through the garbage in hopes of something to eat, or a woman with a shopping cart full of her only belongings. Homelessness can take many different forms: a teena
Written by Sarah EvangelineHave you ever stopped to think about heaven or eternity? I mean really think about it? Eternity is forever. Heaven is forever.I used to be a person who wanted to create a legacy here on earth. I think we can all be guilty of that. Who can blame us? Our society tells us to
Words By Kara BrunstingKara is 14 years old and lives in Waterloo, Ontario.Words. You. Us. Should. Must. Yes. No. Don’t. Do. Hate. Love. These words, on their own, don’t mean much. But what if I said ‘You aren’t coming.’ or, ‘Yes, I lied to you.’ or even, ‘I hate you.’ You’ve heard it. Or seen it.
Screenagers and the Need for AuthenticityWritten by Alex Street“We don’t just want your attention, we want you to be authentic!”The ResearchI had been doing some research on young adult ministry in the church and this sentence, proclaimed by a young adult with conviction in his voice, clarified ever