July 7 – 13: Makoto Fujimura, Regen, Passing the Mantle, Soccer, Science . . .

Makoto Fujimura's work will be featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery July 12.

Makoto Fujimura will be at the Vancouver Art Gallery July 12..

Usually things slow down during summer. Not this week though. We do have the beautiful weather, but we also have a surprisingly full calendar.

In what should be a delightful interlude, Image Journal will host Caring for the Culture: Why Beauty Matters at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday (July 12). The evening will begin with a catered rooftop reception, following which guests will be able to hear Makoto Fujimura discuss his work on the top floor of the gallery, which will be closed to the general public.
 
Pacific Theatre boss Ron Reed describes the event on his blog as “The Soul Food arts event of the summer . . . Makoto Fujimura is a celebrated visual artist who has become a voice worth listening to in the conversation about art and faith. I’m going. Oh, and Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer, who flew the coop to live in the interior a couple months ago, will be playing – can’t miss that!” 
 
Fujimura is a painter, author and leader of the International Arts Movement. He was born in Boston and raised in both Japan and the States. Organizers describe him as “an artist who has spent years learning and perfecting traditional Japanese crafts and expressions . . . [He] creates his own technique, simultaneously embracing and altering traditional methods.”

Regen at Coastal Church

Michael Chinchilla

Michael Chinchilla will be at Regen this week.

Every summer, Coastal Church puts on their Regen Wednesday evening series of bands and speakers. They kicked it off last week with Tim Neufeld (lead singer for Starfield) and this week (July 9) they’ll host Michael Chinchilla, with The Wind & the Waves.

Michael is pursuing a degree in pastoral leadership at Pacific Life Bible College. Prior to beginning these studies, he was a youth pastor at Youth Church. More recently, he has been a pastoral apprentice at Village Church in Surrey, which is also home to The Wind & The Waves.

What is Regen?: “We believe in communicating God’s unchanging truth in a relevant manner – through the use of various media that are most effective with our generation. Our vision is to see the young people of our city reconnect with God, and for this generation to inherit God’s plan of hope and purpose in each of their lives.”

Here’s the Regen Summer Schedule: Jeremy King / Daylight Worship Band (July 16); Sergio Najarro / RC Band (July 23); Simon Gau / SNAB Band (July 30); Koby Liesch / Relate Band (August 6); Mark Washington / Calvary Band (August 13); Sarah Bessey / Regen Band (August 20); Manafest (August 27).

Steve Bell and Bruce Hindmarsh on hymns

I won’t repeat what I said just last week, but I do think many people would enjoy hearing Steve Bell and Bruce Hindmarsh address Hymns and the Christian Spirit: A Short History of Song and Devotion, at Regent College Wednesday evening (July 9).

Passing the Mantle, in Tsawwassen and Point Grey

hum1‘Indigenous Wisdom for the Church’ is the theme of Passing the Mantle, put on by Hummingbird Ministries in two locations – Tsawwassen First Nation Rec Hall Friday evening (July 11) and West Point Grey Presbyterian Church on Saturday.

Featured Friday evening will be comedian/musician Winston Wuttunee. The keynote speaker Saturday morning will be Coast Salish legend keeper Eugene Harry; the fluent Hulquemeum speaker will tell stories of Cowichan origin.

An Indigenous Ministers’ Panel in the afternoon features Ray Aldred (Cree/Alliance), Mary Fontaine (Cree/Presbyterian); Stewart Folster (Ojibway/Presbyterian), an Indigenous Elders’ Panel features Winston Wuttunee (Cree) and a Coast Salish elder.

BC Christian Soccer League finals

North Shore Alliance won Division 1 in the BC Christian Soccer League in 2013.

North Shore Alliance won the Division 2 in the BC Christian Soccer League last year.

It may not be the World Cup, and it may not be Rio, but the finals are being held this weekend, and there’s been some pretty good soccer played along the way. Forty-two teams in three divisions have battled their way through a three-month season, and the finalists will settle matters this weekend.

The BC Christian Soccer League finals take place on Friday (July 11) at Burnaby Lakes Park. In a new wrinkle, the league wrap-up and trophy and award ceremonies will be held the next day at BC Place, following the Vancouver Whitecaps / Chivas USA match.

The finalists are Northside vs Redeemer Eagles (Division 1); North Shore Alliance B vs New Life (Division 2); and Johnston Heights vs Broadway Church (Division 3).

John Lennox: Has Science Buried God?

John Lennox

John Lennox is an Oxford professor of mathematics and philosophy of science.

If you have a friend with a skeptical, scientific turn of mind, this could be the perfect opportunity to introduce them to a professor who speaks their language. John Lennox, professor of mathematics and fellow in mathematics and philosophy of science at Oxford, will address the issue Has Science Buried God? this Saturday (July 12) at Christian Life Assembly in Langley.

Lennox, who is known for his debates with New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, has been participating in When Worldviews Collide this week, an event co-sponsored by RZIM Canada and Apologetics Canada.

July 7, 2014

BC Christian Soccer League Season – July 7, 2014 - July 12, 2014 at All Day
Right of Passage – July 7, 2014 - August 22, 2014 at All Day
S. Brooke Anderson: Spirit of Truth – July 7, 2014 - August 1, 2014 at All Day
Taking Every Thought Captive – July 7, 2014 - July 12, 2014 at All Day
Teen Musical Theatre Summer Intensive 2014: Les Miserables – July 7, 2014 - July 26, 2014 at All Day
When Worldviews Clash: Christianity and its Cultural Critics – July 7, 2014 - July 11, 2014 at All Day
Kickers Soccer Camp – July 7, 2014 - July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dominic Erdozain: The Myth of the Secular Worldview – July 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Stone's Throw Productions: Gruesome Playground Injuries – July 7, 2014 - July 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 9, 2014

Experience Regent in the Summer – July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Regen: Michael Chinchilla / The Wind and the Waves – July 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Steve Bell & Bruce Hindmarsh: Hymns and the Christian Spirit - A Short History of Song and Devotion – July 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 10, 2014

Thomas Merton: Breakthrough to Wisdom and Peace – July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2014

Passing the Mantle: Indigenous Wisdom for the Church – July 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Writing as a Spiritual Practice: April Yamasaki, Shirley Showalter, Danny Unrau – July 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 12, 2014

Passing the Mantle: Indigenous Wisdom for the Church – July 12, 2014 at 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Postmodern Urban Spaces: A City Tour – July 12, 2014 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Image Presents Makoto Fujimura at the Vancouver Art Gallery – July 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
BC Christian Soccer League Night – July 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
John Lennox: Has Science Buried God? – July 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stephanie Ratcliff: EP Fundraiser – July 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 13, 2014

Renowned Violinist from Finland at Connect Church – July 13, 2014 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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