Role of the State Tag

17 Dec 2009 Submission to Canadian Museum for Human Rights

On December 7, ARPA Canada's Director Mark Penninga met with representatives of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as they travelled the country to get input on the content and vision for the museum. We discussed a Christian perspective of human rights and the dangers of the contemporary understandings. The museum also requested a follow-up video interview about the Preamble to the Charter of Rights which states that "Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law."...

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16 Dec 2009 Climb Off the Merry-Go-Round

By ARPA Canada (www.ARPACanada.ca), December 2009: The first decade of the new millennium is almost over. Before we saunter into the new year and new decade, it is good to pause and reflect. What can we learn from this past decade or year? How have we, as Christians, lived up to our calling as prophets, priests, and kings in this increasingly secular society?
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18 Nov 2009 Human Rights, a New Museum, and our Christian Faith

By Mark Penninga (www.ARPACanada.ca): As you read this, a gigantic museum is being built in Winnipeg. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a beautiful glass building on the banks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. But the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent have a purpose that goes beyond architecture. As the CMHR brochure puts it in bold letters “Most museums celebrate the past. This one will change the future.” ARPA Canada will be meeting with representatives of the museum on December 7th in Vancouver as they travel the country to hear from Canadians about what should be included in this museum. What should our message be?
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13 Nov 2009 Video: Mandatory Relativism in Schools

In this video clip from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Michael Coren interviews John Carpay about Quebec's mandatory "Ethics and Religious Culture" course for schools and homeschools. Keep in mind that this applies much broader than to Quebec. In BC a homosexual activist couple has been given permission (thanks to a human rights complaint) to make changes to the entire curriculum (K-12) and deny parents the ability to take their children out of classes that they find objectionable.
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12 Nov 2009 God & Government: A Biblical Perspective on the Role of the State

Now available at no cost from www.ARPACanada.ca! In March of 2009, Dr. Cornelis Van Dam made a presentation in Canada's Parliament at an ARPA Canada event for MP's and Senators. The presentation was titled God & Government: A Biblical Perspective on the Role of the State. A booklet with the transcript of the presentation was also prepared and given to many of the MP's who were not able to attend. An e-version of this booklet is now available to ARPA Canada readers at no cost. Click on the attachment...

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06 Oct 2009 Action Item: MP Stands Up for Parental Authority and Needs Support

ARPA Action Item: MP Kelly Block is being ridiculed for standing up for parental responsibilities. Send her a note to thank her for addressing this issue. And send a note to your MP, the Justice Minister, and the Senators from your province, urging them to uphold a parent's freedom to use corporal punishment and to vote against Bill S-209. For more information, click here.  David Hutton and Janet French, The StarPhoenix, October 06, 2009: Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block calls spanking a "traditional punishment" and is asking her constituents to help...

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24 Aug 2009 Can Nations be “Christian”? An English Debate

Is Canada a Christian nation? Was it ever? For one perspective on this debate (looking at England rather than Canada), read this new article in Comment Magazine (a publication of Cardus) by Jonathan Chaplin. Here is an excerpt: "But what many Christian nation advocates seem to overlook is that this specific, covenantal character was only ever explicitly ordained by God for one people: biblical Israel. There is no biblical or other evidence that, upon the inauguration of the New Covenant, God mediates his redemptive activity in the world via any...

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03 Jul 2009 Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada

A longstanding source of discussion, debate, and controversy has been determining how our Christian faith should translate to our lives as citizens in a secular nation.  In 2005 the Burlington Reformed Study Centre organized a series of lectures on this topic. A transcript was published in the January 6, 2006 issue of Clarion magazine. ARPA Canada has been given permission to include transcripts of these lectures on our website. Here are four of the lectures: 1) Dr. Cornelis VanDam - Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada 2) Dr....

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03 Jul 2009 Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada (Part Four)

Influencing Society for Good By Ron Gray What is good? If we want to influence our society for good, we need to answer the question: what is this “good” that we want to accomplish? The ultimate source and definition of “good” is what Jesus said, “None is good save One, that is, God” (Luke 18:19). The Bible further informs us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights (James 1:17).
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03 Jul 2009 Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada (Part Three)

Influencing for Good By Ray Pennings Introduction Winston Churchill reportedly once said that party democracy is the worst form of government except for all of the others. Reflecting on the questions provided by the organizers of this evening in their kind invitation for me to address this meeting, I could not help but wonder, “How would we respond to these questions if we asked them in the context of Winston Churchill, World War II, and the stark issues confronting Christian citizens in that time? Would we still regard Churchill with the same respect as I sense most of us do today? Would we have been active supporters of his leadership?”
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