The Faith Today Podcast-Conversation inspired by Canada's Christian magazine. The podcast features interviews with Canadian Christians as they sort through the pressing issues of the day and topics like spiritual growth and health, other religions, religious freedom, vocation, and tough questions of faith and living in contemporary society.
How does clergy sexual abuse keep happening?
Victim-advocate Melodie Bissell, who is also president of Plan to Protect, is currently working with victims connected with The Meeting House situation. Stories about clergy sexual abuse are so hard to hear and to bear. It's almost impossible to imagine what victim-survivors go through and the long journey toward healing. Melodie joins us, answering what she can, and helping us understand how these things happen and what can be done to prevent it.
Melodie joins Karen Stiller and co-host Ilana Reimer to answer some of the questions we are all struggling with and explore this very tough topic. In the end, we also hear what keeps Melodie going in this very difficult work. Where God is present, there is hope, beauty and the ever-present possibility of healing.
Who are Evangelicals? Maybe not who you think..A Conversation with John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Do you ever wonder if, amidst controversy and a sometimes questionable reputation, we should just ditch the word 'Evangelical?' John G. Stackhouse, Jr. answers that question and more in this conversation. John is professor of religious studies at Crandall University in Moncton, a favourite and well read Faith Today columnist, and a scholar and author of many books, including the new Oxford University Press book: Evangelicalism: A Very Short Introduction, which releases in July 2022.
Faith Today editor Bill Fledderus joins Karen Stiller in this conversation that ends on the high note of learning that Evangelicals are very funny people.
Check out a sample chapter from the book here: https://www.johngstackhousejr.com/evangelicalism
Ann Voskamp on the ancient path of suffering
Why does the Christian life always seem to involve suffering? How is Jesus present in our sorrow and confusion? And...we also talk about adorable lambs. Ann Voskamp is a New York Times bestselling author who lives and writes on a working farm in Ontario. Her latest book is WayMaker: Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed of(Thomas Nelson, 2022).
Visit Ann's site here: https://annvoskamp.com
Thank you. I'm sorry. Tell me more.
Thank you. I'm sorry. Tell me more. They are such simple phrases but they carry a lot of meaning. Author, psychologist and pastor Rod Wilson unpacks them for us in this podcast and shares some practical tips on how to do all three well. We drill down on how to apologize well and how to interact politely (but firmly) with people who talk too much. That was Karen's favourite take-away.
Find out more about Rod Wilson and his latest book: Thank you. I'm Sorry. Tell me More: How to Change the World with 3 Sacred Sayings (NavPress, 2022) here: https://www.navpress.com/p/thank-you-i-m-sorry-tell-me-more/9781641584470
"What are you free to do because your dream died?" with Scott Erickson
We've all had a dream not come true, or experienced some kind of deep disappointment in life that stopped us in our tracks. You're at the right podcast. This episode, featuring Scott Erickson, author of Say yes: discover the surprising life beyond the death of a dream, is full of great advice, including something called ‘the wonder hack’ and a creepy but illuminating ‘death practice.'
Scott is the famous "Scott the Painter" of Instagram, an Austin-based performance artist and an author. He's also a husband, dad and a cat owner, and both his son and cat pop up in this podcast.
Holly Stiller joins host Karen in this conversation because it's always more fun to do cool things like find fresh answers to profound questions when you do it with your daughter.
Find out more about Scott Erickson here: https://www.scottericksonart.com/shows/say-yes-a-liturgy-of-not-giving-up-on-yourself
Find Scott and see his work on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/scottthepainter/
How to create a prayer room in your church
One of our favourite departments in Faith Today is called Church in Community, and it's all about showcasing the creative ways churches across Canada are serving their communities, no strings attached.
We loved the idea of Eucharist Church in Hamilton, Ont., to open their doors for people to wander in and sit quietly in the sanctuary during the week, with guided prayer prompts if they want them. We spoke to Nina Schurrman-Drenth, the pastoral intern at Eucharist Church, who helped lead the creative team that put together Eucharist's prayer room.
Read more at faithtoday.ca, or email us and ask for the March/April issue of our free, national magazine to be sent to you. If your church decides to try something like this, let us know. We'd love to hear from you.