Can one person compete for the best marks at school while another remains satisfied with a passing grade, and both profess to be living out their Christian faith? Can you set your sites on a much coveted role of vice-president on your team, or aspire to lead a high-profile fundraising event, and still be viewed as a humble Christian in the eyes of your peers? Or for that matter, can you do work on Sundays and stay true to your faith? While you may already have a quick answer to these and other similar questions, it all depends on your view of work – and specifically, your views on the role that your faith plays in whatever work you do. Join us for our annual Faith and the Workplace series that will tackle some of today’s more pressing questions to help us discover God’s place in our work.
Have you ever asked a question, and then later regretted that you did? Maybe you got an answer that you did not quite expect, or like. You are interested in a job opportunity that sounds almost too good to be true. The pay is great. It’s a promotion. But then they tell you it’s in a remote part of the country or requires a lot of travel that would take you away from your family. You start to debate the pros and cons of such a move. There was a very wealthy man who asked Jesus an important question about his future. He got an answer he did not quite expect. What was it about this encounter with Jesus that was so difficult for this man to handle? We’ll ask the same question that he did, and make some decisions for ourselves.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been diving into the topic of relationships, looking at what makes them work, and often what causes hardships and heart breaks. We’ve been asking you to submit your questions so that we can try to answer as many as we can in the closing session of our series. So join us for a time of conversation that we hope will be informative, enlightening and maybe even entertaining.
What do teachers, journalists, and parents have in common? They ask questions that help people to think through a situation, or deliver the desired response. God knows how to ask probing questions, but his tend to transform an ordinary situation into something extraordinary. Like the time God asked Moses what he had in his hand. It turned out to be a stick. Or the time Jesus asked his disciples what food they had. It turned out to be a boy’s meager lunch. In both situations, God took what was offered and did the miraculous – he turned the stick into a mighty rod that delivered thousands of people from an oppressive ruler, and took a few pieces of bread and fish and fed thousands of hungry people. As we enter a new year, that is a good question to ask ourselves: What do we have, or better yet, what have we been given, in terms of talents, resources and abilities, that can be turned into something extraordinary? The key, as we saw, is that we need to offer it first. What does that really mean? Join us as we start our series on Stewardship. And prepare for an ordinary year to be turned into something extraordinary.
What is it about Christmas that evokes so much interest? Even for those who are not religious, it’s hard not to get into a bit of a festive mood. The lights, the food, the decorations, the gathering of families, friends, and colleagues, all come together to make it a special time of year. This celebrative atmosphere comes from the religious origins of Christmas. It is told that 2,000 years ago God Himself sent His son into the world as a baby to be with us and then to save us. In the words of a famous Christmas Carol, “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the Newborn King!” So on this Christmas Eve, we are going to gather to sing Christmas carols, read the Christmas story from the Bible, and enjoy some good coffee and cookies. Even if you are not particularity religious, we welcome you to join us this Christmas Eve from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in downtown Toronto at Innis Town Hall. Hope to see you there!
Have you ever looked back at the circumstances in your life and realized that things were not happening by chance? That there was actually a hidden meaning behind each twist and turn and fork in the road? That every decision you had to make, right or wrong, and every trial and triumph, seemed to be leading you in a direction toward a higher purpose? Sometimes you only see that later in life after much reflection. Other times, you have moments of clarity when you connect the dots of your life and have a sense of satisfaction – that it was not in vain. Our heroines in the book of Ruth experience that kind of epiphany – a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand or become conscious of something that has eternal value. We end our 4-part series in the book of Ruth by looking at the final chapter that puts everything in perspective. Join us for the conclusion of our Christmas series.