In the song “Working Holiday” from his 2009 album Safe or Free, Matt Epp sings about Newfoundland, California and Alberta all feeling like home. The singer-songwriter grew up in Crystal City, a rural village in Manitoba, and started his music career in Winnipeg.
If I could eliminate one thing from the lives of church-going teenagers today, it would be sports. This might come as a surprise to people, since I love sports and am incredibly competitive. There is almost nothing that can’t be turned into a competition when I’m in the room. Still, sports have become a problem—a big problem.
At the end of March 2014, Canada’s final Truth and Reconciliation Commission event took place in Edmonton. While the commission is legislated reconciliation between Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian government, many go freely to participate and stand in solidarity with those who have suffered injustices.
How would I act differently if I carried a Bible in my hand everywhere I went?
Since A Year of Reading Biblically began, I’ve kept my Bible in my bag along with my notebooks, pens and whatever magazine or book I happen to currently be reading, so that I can do my daily Bible reading on the bus or during lunchtime at work if I don’t manage to do it first-thing in the morning.
What are your church attendance patterns like? Special occasions only? Once every couple of months? Every other week? Every Sunday?
If your church attendance patterns have become less frequent over the last few years, you are not alone. Statistics show young people aren’t attending religious services as frequently as they did 20 years ago.