Around Town: John Piper, Centennial of Armenian Genocide, Social Gospel . . .

John Piper will lead 'Look at the Book' at Westside Church.

John Piper will lead ‘Look at the Book’ at Westside Church.



Westside Church will welcome one of America’s best known theologians next week (April 24 – 25). John Piper will lead his Look at the Book Conference, which he says is “a new method of teaching the Bible.”
Piper describes his purpose in this way:
I have a new and focused passion to help people really see the riches of God’s word for themselves . . . Our main aim will be to create habits of mind and ways of seeing the Bible that help you find the riches of Scripture for yourselves. We really believe that serious Christians can see more wonders in God’s word than they ever thought they could. Look at the Book is our effort to bring that belief to life for you.
Piper, who has written more than 50 books, is probably best known for Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. The ministry of which is founder and teacher is also called Desiring God. He has been pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for 33 years. The church describes its beliefs in this way: “Calvinistic in our theology . . . Baptistic in our church polity [and] . . . Charismatic in our affections.”
The conference, which will take place Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Centre (Westside’s home near the main library in downtown Vancouver) is modestly priced at $10.

Armenian Genocide Centennial Events

There will be a ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument April 24.

There will be a ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument April 24.

Vancouverites will have a chance to show solidarity with local Armenians next week, as they mark the 100th anniversary of one of the worst examples of ethnic cleansing in the 20th century.

The Armenian Genocide Centennial Events will take place between the 19th and the 25th. They will include participation in the Vancouver Sun Run April 19; ringing of the bells at St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church April 23; and gathering at the Art Gallery and taking part in a ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument April 24. (The Armenian Genocide Monument was unveiled at Mountain View Cemetery last April 27, with many MPs, MLAs and city councillors in attendance.)

The genocide took place in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War; between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians were killed.

The Armenian National Committee of Canada describes it in this way:

The Genocide of the Armenians by the Turkish government during World War I represents a major tragedy of the modern age. In this the first genocide of the 20th century, almost an entire nation was destroyed. The Armenian people were effectively eliminated from the homeland they had occupied for nearly 3,000 years. This annihilation was premeditated and planned to be carried out under the cover of war.

During the night of April 23 – 24, 1915, Armenian political, religious, educational and intellectual leaders in Istanbul were arrested, deported to the interior, and mercilessly put to death. Next, the Turkish government ordered the deportation of the Armenian people to ‘relocation centres’ – actually to the barren deserts of Syria and Mesopotamia. The Armenians were driven out brutally from the length and breadth of the empire. Secrecy, surprise, deception, torture, dehumanization, rape and pillage were all a part of the process.

Turkey, the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, denies that a genocide occurred, arguing instead that mass killings resulted from inter-ethnic violence in the context of war.

However, the Canadian Parliament passed a motion in 2004 which said: “That this House acknowledges the Armenian genocide of 1915 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity.” Twenty-two nations now recognize the Armenian Genocide, which was long overlooked.

Members of the European Parliament stressed the need for Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide in an April 15 resolution, and also agreed to “commend the statement by Pope Francis on 12 April honouring the centenary of the genocide.”

Tommy Douglas is remembered fondly as an exemplar of the Social Gospel Movement.

Tommy Douglas is remembered fondly as an exemplar of the Social Gospel Movement.

Where did Canada’s social policies come from?

‘Where is Tommy Douglas when we need him?’ That’s kind of the questions that will be asked at a forum on the Origin of Canada’s Social Programs at Longhouse First United Church near Nanaimo and Hastings April 21. The event will be the first of three Tuesday evening events put on by ‘A Community Aware,’ a group which has worked in the Grandview Woodland neighbourhood for about 15 years.

Organizers – no doubt with an eye on the upcoming federal election – say of the forum:

Our social programs, influenced by the Social Gospel Movement, show how political values and compassion can be joined. Let’s revisit the history of the Social Gospel Movement, its social policy legacy, and ask ‘What does the future hold?’

Pastoral Approaches: The church and same-sex attraction

journeycanada1Journey Canada will present teaching on Pastoral Approaches: The church and same-sex attraction at Tenth Church next Wednesday (April 22).

This seminar is aimed at equipping pastors, ministry leaders, friends and caregivers to walk with those who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction and desire to follow Christ in wholeness and integrity.

The key topics are:

  • Exploring God’s design for sexuality
  • Investigating biblical perspectives
  • Shifts in the cultural landscape
  • Understanding sexual identity and scripts
  • The church’s call to be a healing community
christianzionismposter1Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem
“We generally hear only one narrative about the Israel-Palestine struggle.” So says evangelical theologian Gary Burge – and he will be at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church at the end of next week (April 23 – 25) to explain what he means.
The Wheaton College professor said this in the preface to the second edition (2013) of Whose Land? Whose Promise?:
This book attempts to explain to Christians that there is a second narrative no less important. It is a narrative about a people who also believe about a peaceful, secure future – a future they deserve just as every Israeli deserves it. It is a narrative about loss and betrayal and struggle – and an Arabic-speaking Christian church that is caught up in the middle of it.
Burge will be one of several speakers at Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem: Overcoming Christian Zionism in the Quest for Justice. Among the other speakers are Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre; Jonathan Kuttab, a lawyer and co-founder of Al-Haq Human Rights Centre in Ramallah who chairs the board of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine; and Ron Dart, who teaches at the University of the Fraser Valley and recently wrote Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale.
For those who can’t afford the time or money involved in attending the full event, there are two free lectures: Christian Zionism and the Palestinians April 23 and A Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue April 24.

April 16, 2015

Church of God Vancouver Spring Conference – April 16, 2015 at 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

April 17, 2015

Greater Vancouver Chinese Missions Conference – April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm
ACTS Open House – April 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Andrae Crouch Tribute Concert – April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert – April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Chamber Choir: Glow – April 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April 18, 2015

Indian Residential Schools Panel Conversation – April 18, 2015 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Drum Making Workshop – April 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
LeFevre Quartet, Fraser Valley Quartet – April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
OMF International: 150 Years Birthday Celebration – April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Coquitlam Chorale: SING! – April 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April 19, 2015

Armenian Genocide Centennial Events – April 19, 2015 - April 25, 2015 at All Day
Armenian Genocide Centennial Events: Vancouver Sun Run – April 19, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coquitlam Chorale: SING! – April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Examine the Influence of Musicians from the Billy Graham Crusade – April 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Yom Hashoah Commemorative Afternoon – April 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fostering 101 – April 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 20, 2015

Deadline for Submissions for Christian Seasons Calendar – April 20, 2015 at All Day

April 22, 2015

Pastoral Approaches: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction – April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dr. Josh Kruse: Personal Baggage, Part I - Reducing Stress and Anxiety – April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Earth Day Film Event – April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Noah Franche-Nolan Trio – April 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 23, 2015

Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem: Overcoming Christian Zionism in the Quest for Justice – April 23, 2015 - April 25, 2015 at All Day
Transpose: Trinity Western University 2015 Graduate Art Exhibition – April 23, 2015 - April 25, 2015 at All Day
Armenian Genocide Centennial Events: Ringing of the Bells – April 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Christian Zionism and the Palestinians – April 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April 24, 2015

John Piper: Look at the Book Conference – April 24, 2015 - April 25, 2015 at All Day
Armenian Genocide Centennial Events: Gather at Art Gallery, Walk to Armenian Genocide Monument – April 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
L'Arche Vancouver: The Art Together Project – April 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel North Shore – April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Keepers of the Faith Concert (with Freedom Singers & Father's Daughters) – April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue – April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dave Faber from Faber Drive headlines Hope For Women’s Dessert Concert Fundraiser – April 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fraser Valley Bible Conference: Creation and the Gospel – April 24, 2015 - April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Armenian Genocide Centennial Events: Ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument – April 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 25, 2015

re:Create Art Show – April 25, 2015 at All Day
Stronger Together: Effective Training for Missionary Care – April 25, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Timberline Ranch Family Festival 2015 – April 25, 2015 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Keepers of the Faith Concert – April 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Worship Invasion – April 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Stanislav Yovanovitch plays Chopin Showpieces – April 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

April 26, 2015

Good Seed Sunday: Delivered by A Rocha – April 26, 2015 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Karin Plato – April 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Keepers of the Faith Concert – April 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spring Social: Russ Rosen Band – April 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 27, 2015

Bursting Your Bubble Training (Monday evenings) – April 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Faith and Justice Roundtable #4: Reading the World – Migrant Justice – April 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Bethel Music Worship Night – April 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 28, 2015

LeaderImpact Forum with Garth Jestley: Taking Risk on Purpose – April 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

April 29, 2015

Pornography: Harmful or Useful? – April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Ben Henriques & Jennifer Hedges – April 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 30, 2015

Eyes & Wings Prophetic Conference 2015 – April 30, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
I Am . . . Women's Conference – April 30, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
Ian Sheh: Love Your Face One Hundred – April 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015 at All Day
The Whole Enchilada Art Show – April 30, 2015 at All Day

May 1, 2015

Men's Conference 2015: David Murrow – The Map: The Way of All Great Men – May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
Perogy Night in Vancouver – May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May 2, 2015

Eat Your Faith (four Saturdays) – May 2, 2015 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
CityFest – May 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Opus One (women's choir) in Concert – May 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Graham Ord concert – May 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 3, 2015

The Gallery Singers: Elizabeth Spring – May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 5, 2015

A Community Aware: Origins of Canada's Social Programs (3 Tuesday nights) – May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sideshow Musical Improv – May 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 6, 2015

Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – May 6, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Peter Lee – May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum Lectures: Deborah Haarsma, Astronomer - God and the Multiverse – May 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dealing With Difficult People with Sophia Van Vuuren – May 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Chris Fraser Trio – May 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 7, 2015

2015 Pastors and Church Leaders Conference: Holy Ground - Answering God's Call to Creation Care – May 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015 at All Day
Morrison in China: 200 Years of Protestant Evangelism – May 7, 2015 - May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vishal Mangalwadi: From Michelangelo to Freud – Whatever Happened to Human Dignity and Why Western Humanism Degenerated into Animalism – May 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fukushima to Vancouver 2015: Opening Reception – May 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Earthkeeping: A Climate for Change with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe – May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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