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  • Fairview Presbyterian Church, Vancouver BC - Articles
    and discuss the main arguments why orthodox traditional Christian beliefs are reasonable and rational in each case D Souza shows a polymath s grasp of philosophy theology and science and by the end of the book you feel that you ve been thoroughly equipped to deal with all regurgitated Dawkins arguments that may come your way Again there are a few places in this book where I can t go

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  • Fairview Presbyterian Church, Vancouver BC - Articles
    understanding of the book and therefore our grasp of what God is communicating to us by the story of Jonah McKenzie demonstrates that genre decisions are not always obvious the psalms and wisdom literature are easy but how about the book of Job Is Job a historical figure or a literary construct or a bit of both While I did not quite go the whole way with the author of

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    remember reading his justly famous modern day parable The Invisible Gardener as an undergraduate and having no answer to it Over several decades Christian philosophers did produce answers to Flew s arguments and thus Flew ironically was largely responsible for the rebirth of a vigorous Christian analytical philosophy This in turn eventually led Flew to follow where the argument led change his mind and become a theist Please don t

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  • Fairview Presbyterian Church, Vancouver BC - Articles
    in the late 1920 s for farmland in Saskatchewan By the time they arrived drought and depression were the order of the day in southern Saskatchewan so they turned northwards into what Wiebe calls the Boreal Forest with its rocky soil bogs and scrawny trees He was born on a farm without most of the amenities in 1934 where his early memories are centred on his young mother with her seven children He remembers her singing hundreds of hymns by memory from their German hymn book impressing them as nothing else on the minds of her children The first step outside the home and farm was the church where he reveled in the strong beauty of the four part harmony He was then never to forget the whole of the congregation on their knees in prayer with all adults free to express the heart cries of a dispossessed people who still knew that they belonged to a great Lord In this setting there was the sadness of an older sister who married an MB pastor whom she never loved and the gratitude for an even older and sickly sister who left a notebook only discovered in his advancing years which

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    corrected again on that day we will know that we are wrong that we have made the greatest mistake of all I wonder if we took McLaren s challenge seriously would we have a much stronger impact on this world as salt and light should A tale of two friends on a Spiritual Journey This is the subtitle to McLaren s book A New Kind of Christian Book One in his fictional trilogy of the conversations between a pastor and his daughter s science teacher which have received renowned acclaim Why Book One describes our modern culture and critiques an inadequate and incomplete view of the Gospel For instance page 108 if there s one thing I wish I could tell every Christian about evangelism in the postmodern world it would be the word conversation I would say to stop counting conversions because our whole approach to conversion is so mechanistic and consumeristic and individualistic and controlling Instead I d encourage us to count conversations because conversation implies a real relationship In each age the church needs to learn how best to express the grace we have in Jesus McLaren helps us to shake off some of the modern worldviews that just don t work any more so that we can better understand our faith and our place in God s Kingdom The Session is working through this book for our devotions at our meetings Book Two The Story We Find Ourselves In was my favourite Marty McLaren retells the entire Biblical narrative and you can t help but be drawn into the realisation that we have been created by God and for his purpose We are part of God s redemptive plan for His creation McLaren is good at telling The Story and showing how we are all part

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