Biblical Insight Tag

03 Aug 2010 New ARPA Video: Bible Inscriptions on Parliament

What does Canada's Christian heritage mean today? For one, it reminds us that "Canadian values" are not what judges or journalists dream up. Our history testifies that it was Christian principles that built this country and made it strong and free. This very short video looks at some examples of Canada's Christian heritage, carved into our Parliament buildings in Ottawa. ...

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05 Jul 2010 A Story Worth Knowing: How we lost Dominion Day

A dozen MPs, acting without a quorum, changed the holiday's name to the vapid, meaningless 'Canada Day' By GREG FELTON, Montreal Gazette, June 30, 2010: At 4 p.m. on a Friday - July 9, 1982 -the House of Commons met with only one item on the agenda: Bill C-201, a private member's bill to change the name of the July 1 holiday from "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day." About a dozen of the 282 members the House showed up for work, which presented a procedural problem: A quorum...

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14 Jun 2010 The Private and the Public

By James Zekveld - contributed to www.ARPACanada.ca: Nobody likes a hypocrite. Public office often invites hypocrisy. The people who go into office want to keep a good image and sometimes it is just easier to fake it than accept the consequences of what you have done whether public or private.  One temptation for people of any age is to separate the private and the public.  There is a supposed separation between faithfulness to country and faithfulness to private relationships.  A country should expect a faithful person, not just a faithful leader.
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02 Jun 2010 Religious faith is the civic oxygen of our social ecology

In yesterday's Globe & Mail, Ray Pennings, Senior Fellow and Director of Research at Cardus, writes a response to Marci McDonald's latest book 'The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada',  echoing earlier remarks that he delivered at an ARPA Canada Parliament Hill event, arguing faith, rather than posing a threat to the country's political process, is in fact the oxygen of civic life. The policy analyst addresses McDonald's anti-theist fear-mongering and appeal to the American concept of the separation of church and state, noting the former Maclean's bureau chief ignores Canada's founding values and denies the important contributions of the country's religious communities to the public good of the nation:
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29 Apr 2010 Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely (Part Two)

 Limiting Power - By James Zekveld (writing for www.ARPACanada.ca). Part One can be found by clicking here. Whether your political allegiance is  to the right or to the left today the complaint against the existing order is the same; some entity has too much power.  To a greater or lesser extent, a person on the right will complain about the government’s power while the person on the left will complain about the corporation’s power.   Some will complain about both.  
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29 Mar 2010 Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely (Part 1)

Power and Rightly Ordered Love  (Part one of two) Written for www.ARPACanada.ca by James Zekveld: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Few thoughts encapsulate the history of human political action more.  Without the seemingly natural devolvement from power to corruption, old empires might still exist, poverty might have ended long ago and communism might be a legitimate though unnecessary option in the world today.  Power among Christians is hardly an exception to this rule.  Two questions present themselves.  How do we overcome corruption and how do we minimize the potential for corruption?  The second will be left for a later article.  The first is answered through an understanding of the order God has put into this world.  To keep ourselves from corruption we must have a rightly ordered love; love that God has placed into the world from the beginning, when He created the world.
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04 Mar 2010 Our duty to the public square

By David Daniels, ChristianWeek Columnist: Contending for biblically-informed moral values can be daunting for Christians in Canada's public square where religious values are increasingly shoved to the sidelines—to the realm of the private. But as John Redekop, then professor at Wilfred Laurier University, said some years ago: "Christians have a stewardship responsibility to be engaged in the political process of democracies." [Keep reading this article here.] ...

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22 Feb 2010 To Rule is Sacrifice

By James Zekveld (February, 2010 - www.ARPACanada.ca): When a Christian enters into the realm of politics he faces many challenges.  He is at war with a system that has been perverted to serve the interests of man rather than those of God.  While he works toward a system that submits to the rule of Christ, he must simultaneously ensure that he is not compromising.  Compromise is easy.  A man can give up a basic Christian principle in order to obtain power, in the hopes that by having that power he can obey the rule of God. Meanwhile, what he supports can no longer be considered truly Christian.  There is one basic rule that he must remember when he takes power.  A ruler must be able to sacrifice himself for his sheep.  If he rules for some other reason, he has given up a basic understanding of what authority is.
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27 Jan 2010 A Modest Proposal

By Kevin DeYoung: I’d like to make a modest proposal for Christians of all theological and political persuasions: don’t use the term “social justice” without explanation. The term is unassailable to some and arouses suspicion in others. For many Christians, social justice encompasses everything good we should be doing in the world, from hunger relief to serving the poor to combating sex trafficking. But the phrase is also used to support more debatable matters like specific health care legislation, minimum wage increases, or reducing carbon emissions. If something can...

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