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Canadian Insights for US Church Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage and Youth

By July 1, 2015 2 Comments

CANADIAN INISGHTS FOR US LEADERSIn most cases, Canadians play catch-up with American leaders on social issues, but here’s two issues where Canadians can offer some leading insights.

1. Some Advice on Same Sex Marriage For US Church Leaders From a Canadianwedding rings

Carey Nieuwhof is a pastor in Barrie, Ontario. His recent blog post on same-sex marriage has been shared over 100,000 times and counting.

Canadian pastors are ten years ahead of our US colleagues in dealing with legalized same-sex marriage. Nieuwhof says, “If you believe sex is a gift given by God to be experienced between a man and a woman within marriage, why would you expect people who don’t follow Christ to embrace that? Why do Christians expect non-Christians to act like Christians?

The purpose of this post is not to take a position or define matters theologically (for there is so much debate around that). Rather, the purpose of this post is to think through how to respond as a church when the law of the land changes as fundamentally as it’s changing on same-sex marriage and many other issues.

Here are 5 perspectives I hope are helpful as church leaders of various positions on the subject think and pray through a way forward.”

Full article here.

2. Canadian Youth Leaving the Church

Eric Ortlund is a professor of Old Testament at Briercrest Seminary in Saskatchewan. He has ministered in Britain and the southern US. youth leaving church

He says, “Canada is a much more secular society than America. In fact, a friend who has spent time as a missionary in Kenya tells me that, in their opinion, Canada is a darker place spiritually than Kenya. But it doesn’t feel the same as Britain.

But . . . that may be changing. The statistics for youth leaving the church are scary–see here–it’s an open secret that 60%-80% of kids regularly involved in church won’t be attending once they set out on their own). And Canadian Christian institutions are feeling it.”

James Penner has written a book entitled, “Hemorrhaging Faith” detailing the decline in church attendance by Christians over 18.

  • Only one in three Canadian young adults who attended church weekly as a child still do so today.
  • Of the young adults who no longer attend church, half have also stopped identifying themselves with the Christian tradition in which they were raised.

Read a summary here.

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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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