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 Friday, February 5, 2010

How much can the world change in 15 years?

“If Facebook was a country, it would have the fourth largest population in the world,” says Tony Whittaker, coordinator of the Internet outreach ministry, Internet Evangelism Day (IED). We no longer live in a nation familiar with the Bible and biblical terms. When we communicate with our neighbours, we have to speak their language advises Rusty Wright in an article for IED. He offers a chart with words that substitute well for Christian terms.

The IED website also offers churches resources and how-to’s to help Christians reach out through the Internet to unbelievers. See their article, 15 Years that Changed the World.

How much has the world changed? Here is a sampling from current events.

In British Columbia the question has arisen whether faculty at Christian universities have academic freedom if they are required to sign a statement of Christian faith before they are hired. An enquiry into Trinity Western is in process. Other Christian educational institutions across Canada will also be investigated.

What is a person? You thought you knew. Maybe you don’t. Did you know that a ship has “personhood” as does an airplane? There is some discussion now whether certain animals should be considered persons. Dr. Margaret Somerville looks at the implications.

And here’s another one. The Quebec government has declared “war” on homophobia. A document released in December sets out the government’s goal of “removing all the obstacles” to full recognition of LGBT interests and modes of life with distinct deterrents for those who disagree.

Change is happening very quickly. Are we prepared?

For more articles and inspirational stories, please visit our homepage. Here’s a preview – check out the article in the Mission channel by an Oakville, Ontario, couple who have been living in Haiti for the past year and a half. Cheryl Van der Mark and her husband Lauren ran the only functioning clinic for miles around after the earthquake.

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Daina Doucet, Online Editor
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