I found this CBC article to be very believable but sad.
The much sadder story is that so many in our society have abandoned our traditional Judeo-Christian values and faith for a self-centred me-first obsession. Along with the movement we have lost honesty, integrity and respect – things that our parents and grandparents highly valued regardless of what church they attended if any.
It reminds me of the following quote by D.A. Carson
People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
From the CBC
Shrinking congregations and rising maintenance costs force old churches to be closed, sold or repurposed.
A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country.
National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished.
“Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing,” Pajot said. “Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody.”
With the Juno’s around the corner there is plenty of great music to fill your heart and soul this week in London and the surrounding communities. From a Ceilidh in a castle to great Christian music with 2019 JUNO Award nominees Brian Doerksen Music and Warren Dean Flandez. Here are some of our favourites.
In this special to the London Free Press by Jamie Greenwood, the lead pastor of Faith Pentecostal Assembly in Glencoe, he looks at the question of whether people who are physically next to us are growing distant, while the people on our technological devices are becoming superficially close.
I recently sat in a waiting room and watched as two parents, probably in their 50s, feverishly busied themselves on their cellphones, while their teenage son sat staring at them.
This perplexed me because it seemed like it would be the other way around. However, it made me consider a few things.
My generation grew up with mobile devices that were expensive to buy and really too big to be of any real use. At the same time, I remember getting one of the first Nintendo consoles, on which I played Super Mario Brothers for two straight weeks. Today I am an Apple geek — with an iPhone, an Apple Watch, an iPad, a MacBook, an iMac and Apple TV.
I feel well connected, but when I reflect back on the parents who were busy on their cellphones, I have to ask myself, “Am I so connected, that I may be disconnected?”
There are many beautiful areas to get outside and in enjoy in London. Fox Hollow Ravine and Medway Valley are great examples in northwest London. There is plenty parking available at the Archeology Museum. For more ideas check out the things to do section of our community directory.
Peter? I don’t know, I kind of like, Simon, calling you Peter would just seem strange, especially when I was whispering sweet nothings in your ear, I’d feel like I was cheating on the Simon I married.”.
long as it’s me you are whispering sweet nothings to, you can call me anything
you like, but I don’t think the entire Peter thing is going to catch on. I’d have to wear a sign, “The fisherman
formerly known as Simon”.
been telling Esther about my encounter with Jesus the night before and she was
bubbling with questions.
was he like? Do we have any friends in
common? Is he married? What did he mean by changing the world?