18 Aug 2017 ARPA Canada Fall Tour 2017 – Who is Sovereign?

Would you be okay with a judge telling the elders of your church how to exercise church discipline? Would you be okay with the premier telling you how to raise your kids? It is beginning to happen. And it doesn’t stop there. The Supreme Court will hear a case to decide whether they have the power to overturn a church discipline decision. Laws continue to be introduced limiting how parents can educate, discipline and raise their children. How should we respond? Join us as we together strive to honour Christ’s authority over all. We will be on tour across Canada...

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18 Aug 2017 Irreconcilable? Indigenous Peoples and Canada at 150

by Colin Postma Despite all the talk of reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal population over the years, all is still not well in the minds of many Canadians. Canada recently celebrated its 150th Birthday. Canadian flags, parades, and fireworks were the staple in every Canadian city, town, and village. In my home town of Ottawa, thousands waited in line for hours in heavy rain just to be a part of the events on Parliament Hill. But many Canadians felt differently. One of my Facebook friends posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt with...

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08 Aug 2017 LN feature: The nations rage, yet God is sovereign

Pastor Edgar Unrau, Calvary Baptist Church - Chemainus, BC Psalm 2 gives us information on how to understand the world from God's perspective, which is reality. Reality begins and ends with the Lord, and has everything to do with the Lord. That's reality. Here we see that all the people of the world rebel against God. Yet God remains God; He remains sovereign, and brings His plan to fulfilment. That's kind of the big picture going on in this chapter. But let's go through it more slowly. Verses 1 to 3: The...

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27 Jul 2017 ‘Gender Neutral’ Health Cards and the New Gnosticism

By John Sikkema Earlier this month, a baby received the first ever British Columbia health card with no “gender designation”. Instead of “M” for male or “F” for female, the baby’s health card says “U”, which various media outlets suggest stands for “undetermined” or “unassigned”. “Undetermined” would be a lie, unless the baby was born wearing pants. “Unassigned” might make sense if it referred to the refusal to assign an “M” or “F” to the child’s health card, but unassigned here connotes that sex is just a label assigned to persons –...

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25 Jul 2017 Calgary MP launches petition to save Criminal Code clause protecting worship services from protests and disruptions

Tom Kmiec, MP A Calgary MP has launched an official House of Commons e-Petition on Bill C-51. That's the law we told you about earlier this summer on Lighthouse News. It would specifically repeal Section 176 of the Criminal Code, which makes it a crime to disrupt any worship service, or to assault or prevent anyone from conducting such a service. Conservative MP Tom Kmiec isn't buying the various arguments the government is using to defend the new law. The government says the issue is already covered in prohibitions against causing a...

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25 Jul 2017 Conference wrestles with origin of human rights and whether they apply to pre-born humans Director, Mike Schouten Two ARPA staff members were in Winnipeg earlier this month for what was billed as the Understanding and Answering Summit on Human Rights, sponsored by Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Director Mike Schouten was there, and he says one of the highlights was a debate in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights between a Christian – Dr. Andy Bannister – and an atheist – Dr. Christopher DiCarlo – on the source and origin of human rights. “Whenever I watch these debates, and listen to them, I always have a...

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25 Jul 2017 Canada’s foreign policy is now “feminist” and prioritizes abortion over basic needs

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student Chrystia Freeland, MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs Douglas Crosby, Bishop for the Hamilton Archdiocese The federal government has fundamentally changed the criteria it uses in determining how to allocate foreign aid to developing countries. Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a policy which expressly says that foreign aid will be delivered through a "feminist lens", with a special emphasis on the provision of abortion services. The decision is coming under increasing criticism. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter to the minister earlier this...

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25 Jul 2017 LN Feature: Truth at the Crossroads

Dr. Scott Masson, Associate Professor of English - Tyndale University College On the feature this week, a look at a new media enterprise promoting a Christian worldview on the humanities, and on the human condition generally. It’s a new website, and the man behind it is Dr. Scott Masson. He's an Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto. In the past, Dr. Masson has also been associated with Joe Boot's Ezra Institute and the Westminster Classical Christian Academy in Toronto. LN: So you've started a new enterprise - a new...

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Lutheran Bishop Ludwig Muller, leader of the Reich Church in Germany, greets Hitler

13 Jul 2017 A Cautionary Tale: The Failure of the German Church to Oppose Nazism

By Colin Postma Over the past few months, ARPA staff have been discussing Eric Metaxas’ book “Bonhoeffer – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” as part of our weekly staff calls. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who is remembered for his opposition to the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. He was executed in a concentration camp in April 1945, just days before Hitler committed suicide and the war came to an end. Lutheran Bishop Ludwig Muller, leader of the Reich Church, greets Hitler One of the most striking things about entering...

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11 Jul 2017 LN Feature: Using logic in the abortion debate

Stephanie Gray Stephanie Gray is an international speaker on the abortion/pro-life issue. Along with Jojo Ruba, she’s the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform in Calgary, and while she’s no longer formally with that organization, she still spends a lot of time presenting the pro-life cause to a wide variety of audiences. She started speaking publicly about the abortion issue at the age of 18, and she’s given more than 800 pro-life presentations across North America. Recently, one of those presentations caught our eye here at Lighthouse News. LN: You...

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