Why do you go to church? To worship God? To hear the sermon? These are compelling reasons, but a main reason may be because at church you enjoy fellowship with friends. According to a National Post article, a study in the American Sociological Review reveals that the "secret ingredient" to happiness is church, not faith, and the friendships we build there.
We are relational, and we do things better together. Take, for example, evangelism. Do Christian traditions need to come together in unity for the Gospel to have an impact on the people of our nation? That was the key consideration of Christian leaders at Toronto's recent Hinge Dialogue conference. We need to talk about it, suggested Bruce Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Christianity has lost public influence, and "we can no longer assume basic biblical literacy." Reasons such as these are compelling.
Biblical illiteracy is not just a problem in Western society, but also in the Church, reports the Bible League. With 2011 being the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible, plans are underway in Canada and other English-speaking countries to celebrate the event, making it an occasion to increase the reading of the Bible.
While secularization has distanced Christianity in our society, this Christmas has seen an interesting trend to restore Christmas tradition. The Chilliwack, British Columbia, school board wants to break from secularization and return to a more traditional view of the December school holiday. Trustees voted unanimously to call it once again, the "Christmas holidays"!
Fifteen days and counting! That's how many are left till December 25th! Are you ready? Focus on the Family offers some ideas to keep your toddler busy while you do the baking, wrap gifts and write cards. Are all the preparations getting overwhelming? Read Focus on the Family's 11 tips for couples on handling common Christmas season tensions.
And here's another suggestion to make this Christmas season fun. Go see – The Voyage of the Dawntreader! It opens today in theatres, and Christianity.ca's sources reveal that "it gets back to heart of C S Lewis' books."
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