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The perfect gift

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

by Don Schiemann The perfect gift: most retailers have an idea of what that is and try to sell it to you. Particularly at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, we seem to be inundated with flyers in the mail and commercials on TV full of suggestions about the perfect gift. And the cost? Well if you really love your spouse, parent or child, it’s worth it, even if it drives you to the verge of bankruptcy. God has given us the perfect gift in His Son. Jesus lived a ...

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Unlikely heroes want to do better?

Monday, August 18, 2014

by Ted Giese When it comes to MARVEL it looks like movie-goers are “hooked on a feeling” and the studio’s big gamble bringing the cult comic book Guardians of the Galaxy to the silver screen has paid off. With an opening weekend that dwarfed recent offerings MARVEL proves again it is the studio to watch. Add to that the success of its film Captain America: The Winters Soldier this past March and it’s easy to see that MARVEL has won the hearts and minds of its key audience. Starting with Iron Man ...

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Why Pray?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

by Kurt Reinhardt Now if God is going to do what He wants anyway, do our prayers do anything? First of all, without question the very act of praying does great things for us in our life of faith. Prayer is born of the life of faith but it also serves the life of faith. We pray because we believe, but we also pray that we might believe. Prayer leads us deeper into our relationship with God. Just as communication in our human relationships deepens our bonds with one another, so ...

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Christian persecution in Iraq reaches new levels

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

IRAQ – For more than a year a militant Islamic movement, Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has methodically captured territory in northern Iraq and Syria. The goal was to establish a caliphate (Islamic state), which it declared established on June 29, 2014. Eventually the Islamic State seeks to include the entire Middle East and institute full sharia law in its most extreme form. As the IS fighters moved south toward Bagdad, Iraq’s capital city, their path took them through the Plains of Ninevah, ...

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Concordia given permission to name itself a university

Monday, August 11, 2014

EDMONTON – In early July, the Government of Alberta announced that Concordia University College of Alberta (CUCA) was being granted permission to change its name from a “university college” to a “university.” “By allowing Concordia to be named a university, the [government] is acknowledging the nationally and internationally recognized quality of Concordia’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, as well as Concordia’s commitment to research,” a CUCA release reads. “The designation as a university will serve to support and enhance the already active faculty-led research culture at Concordia. But ultimately, this ...

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Why we gather: A lesson from Nicea

Friday, August 8, 2014

by Mathew Block Almost 1,700 years ago, bishops and other delegates from all across the Roman Empire converged on the city of Nicea (located in modern-day Turkey). They had serious business on the agenda. Trouble was brewing in Alexandria (in Egypt); a presbyter by the name of Arius had been teaching that the Son of God—Jesus—was not actually God. Arius believed that the Son of God had instead been created by God the Father, and that there was a time that the Son of God never existed. That probably strikes you as ...

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Hercules: not so strong on screen this time

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

by Ted Giese The new Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson 2014 film Hercules fits somewhere between Brad Pitt’s anti-supernatural, sword-and-sandal 2004 epic Troy and the cheesy, zany, over-the-top Kevin Sorbo 1990s television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. This new iteration of the Greek hero opens with an extended recounting of Hercules’ origins and some of his legendary twelve labours. What follows is a different kind of story. Unlike other movies in this genre, films like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, Hercules does not include any Greek gods. This ...

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