The Pattern of This World : Sexuality

(Note : This post is the continuation of a series. If possible, please read it in the context of the two previous posts : Do Not Conform to the Pattern of This World and The Pattern of This World. ) Last year my wife and I found ourselves surrounded by Christian couples, not yet married, who were not following the Christian model of sexuality. We work with a student ministry, so obviously questions about sexuality are always current.

Parenthesis : Cohabitat Québec, an example of community, here and now

A quick parenthesis today. I’ve recently thought a lot about the absence of community in our context, what a real community would look like, etc. So when I saw the description of this report from Pas banal, la vie, a radio show on Radio-Canada, it piqued my curiosity. It’s about Cohabitat Québec, a condo development built around living in community. About a hundred people live in apartments and town houses, with common living spaces and regular community activities.

The Pattern of This World

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 (NIV) Last time, we spoke of our need to expose the unquestioned beliefs of our culture. The NIV speaks of “the pattern of this world” ; so, what is this pattern that we must not conform to?

A Christmas Present

I’m really exited today to release a prayer journal Android app that I’ve written! Download on Google Play I started working on it a few years ago, but once it got to the point that it met my own needs, I moved on to other things and never finished the project. But recently I realised that it worked well enough that others could get some value from it, and I’ve also been pondering ways to use prayer to help others get to know God… so I spent some time this Christmas break to fill in the features necessary to publish it.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 (NIV) In my first post I spoke of Charles Taylor’s social imaginary – the idea that we accept many narratives, values and priorities from our society without thinking about them.

As I have loved you...

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 The last couple weeks we have talked about how Jesus connects our love and unity with our witness, in John 13:34-35 and John 17:20-23. Briefly, if we are truly united in the love of God, the world will see:

The Québécois Have Never Seen A Real Community

Last week I wrote about the fact that Québécois don’t seem interested in community, even if it’s a fundamental need of our created nature. But why? I propose that the answer is that Québécois have rarely, if ever, seen a real community. Matthieu Bélisle, in his book « Bienvenue au pays de la vie ordinaire » made this observation about the Québécois : « He remains persuaded that his connections with others come from a free association to which it would be possible to put an end : I am from this country because I wanted to be, but I could easily move elsewhere ; I live with this man or this woman, but I could easily separate from him or her and share my life with someone else ; I have this job, but nothing would stop me from pursuing another career ; I have these friends, but I could easily break with them and make other connections, etc.

Québécois aren't looking for community

The student ministry of Power to Change in Canada is currently pivoting our approach to evangelism, putting more emphasis on relational ministry instead of “random” evangelism in public places (cafeteria questionnaires, large-scale surveys, etc). On the one hand, this is an important and necessary change to our ministry. In the past we have put so much emphasis on randoms that we’ve neglected a relational approach which is often much more effective in the Canadian context.

Reaching Three Types of People at the Same Time

This year at Power to Change, Université Laval, we are trying to reorient our activities to serve three audiences: The committed Christian, who wants to grow in their faith and maybe even help others to know Jesus, the young adult who grew up in the church, but who is asking himself whether this faith is really for him, and the student who has never known faith. We want to offer a space where each of these people feels comfortable to share their questions, struggles, joys and victories.