The year is starting strong for Bible-based movies. The Young Messiah will open this Friday (March 11) in several local theatres, even while Risen is still performing well at the box office.
The Young Messiah takes place when Jesus is seven years old, and follows his family from Egypt to Nazareth and on to Jerusalem.
The movie is based on Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Known best, perhaps, for her Vampire Chronicles, Rice wrote two books about Jesus during a period in which she had returned to the Catholic Church. In a well-publicized falling out with organized religion about six years ago, she “quit Christianity in the name of Christ.”
Nonetheless, many Christians seem to like what they see in The Young Messiah, which has earned endorsements from a wide range of leaders and critics, including Kathie Lee Gifford, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (president of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference) and even Movie Guide’s notoriously conservative Dr. Ted Baehr.
Local critic Peter Chattaway – who blogs at FilmChat and who often writes for Christianity Today and Book & Culture – wrote The Young Messiah pulls off a tricky balancing act for The Georgia Straight March 9. His main praise goes to the young Jesus:
(Note: Peter Chattaway reviewed Young Messiah on FilmChat March 11.)
Melissa Skelton interviewed
Melissa Skelton, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster (who marked two years in that role March 1), recently participated in an email interview with Jason Byassee, the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. The interview appeared in Faith & Leadership, a publication of Leadership Education at Duke University.
Here are a couple of selections from the wide-ranging interview:
Q: It is popular these days for church leaders to talk about integrating business and theology. As someone with an MBA and corporate experience, how do you talk about such integration?
I’m suspicious of answering this question in a general way, in that businesses are not all alike in what they value and how they operate. What I can say is this: the experience I gained in the two excellent business environments I was privileged to work in taught me to listen to those I wanted to serve, to develop people as a way to build the capacity of the organization for its work, and to focus and to work very hard!
These three things are, of course, also important in the church. I can also say that they have been central to whatever accomplishments I’ve made in organizations serving the church. . . .
Q: There was a time when you weren’t in the church. How does this memory help you think about the church’s calling to reach out beyond our borders?
I did not grow up in the church, so I have many memories of life outside the church. The biggest thing I learned from this and from working in the field of “consumer ethnography” in the business world is that it is very, very important to understand people’s experience and questions as we, the church, shape how we reach out to them. We need to “seek first to understand and then to be understood” (to steal a phrase).
For the full interview go here.
Willingdon School of the Bible
I knew a little bit about Willingdon School of the Bible, but I have only recently realized that it is developing into quite a significant initiative. After seeing its quite-bulky catalogue at my church, I went online and discovered a hive of activity.
Later this month, for example, there is a Spring Break High School Intensive (March 21 – 24). “Each spring break,” according to the catalogue, “we will offer a different foundation level course to give high school students a head-start on laying a foundation for a stable biblical worldview. The courses will alternate each year between Old Testament Panorama and New Testament Panorama.
But that’s just a start. The Spring Term will offer six courses, all taught by local pastor/theologians: Intro to Biblical Interpretation (Darcy Van Horne, Renfrew Baptist Church, Vancouver); Wisdom Literature: Proverbs (Garry Vanderveen, Christ Covenant Church, Langley); Romans (Dr. Larry Perkins, president emeritus, Northwest Baptist Seminary/ACTS); Doing Theology 3: Knowing the Holy Spirit (Dr. Mark Jones, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church); Missions: Theology and Practice (Robert Erion, international director, the Americas, OMF); and Intro New Testament Greek 3 (Thomas Dolhanty).
Students do not have to commit to a program of studies in order to take a course; nor do they have to attend Willingdon Church. Courses are taught in the evenings, from Monday to Thursday.
The deadline is approaching fast: March 13 for both the Spring Break High School Intensive and the Spring Term. However, Fall and Winter terms are coming up if you miss out.
And the big news at Willingdon School of the Bible, its seems, is Launch! – a one-year young adult program starting this fall:
Launch! is for high school grads who understand the value of taking one year after high school to do intensive Bible study in order to lay a strong foundation for their faith before going on to college, university or the workplace. By taking two courses per term you can earn a Core Certificate in Biblical Studies. If you want to take an extra elective per term, you can complete up to nine courses over the year. All WSB courses are transferable to Bible colleges, including Millar College of the Bible and Columbia Bible College.
The program will run from October 2016 to April 2017.
Carson Pue at TWU
Carson Pue is a man of many talents, with a wealth of experience. He will now devote those talents and that experience to Trinity Western University’s Executive Leadership Team as Special Assistant to the President.
A recent release from the school said:
[Carson] Pue will be working closely with President Bob Kuhn as an advisor, as well as on special projects in fundraising, leadership development, church relations and communications. He’ll also assist the president in relation to TWU’s proposed School of Law.
“I can think of no one I trust more to provide advice and strategic leadership to TWU as we engage in the new era of facing Christian higher education,” said Kuhn. “As the world increasingly misunderstands Christian principles, and the institutions that seek to uphold traditional biblical values, we recognize the critical need to develop and inspire tomorrow’s godly Christian leaders. Carson excels in that relational environment. I look forward to working with him, and I am confident that he will make extraordinary difference in our community, across the country and around the world.”
Pue’s more than two decades in senior leadership positions have prepared him well for the role. Currently, he owns and operates Quadrant Leadership Inc., through which he does speaking, writing, consulting and executive mentoring engagements. Recently, he served First Baptist Church Vancouver as executive director and then executive advisor for the Heart for the City Project, a multi-million-dollar project to transform Vancouver’s First Baptist Church into a multi-use complex that includes housing, community, family and counselling services, as well as a homeless shelter.
He is well known internationally as the former CEO of Arrow Leadership, an organization dedicated to emergent and executive leadership development. Pue is also a keynote speaker and published bestselling author of Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Calling, Character and Competency (Baker Books 2005).
The connection between Pue and Kuhn is by no means a new one. In a speech after being given an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Trinity Western University in 2012, Kuhn thanked his “lifelong accountability partners . . . David Bentall and Carson Pue” (Bentall also referred to that unique friendship in his book The Company You Keep).
I expect the proven long-term friendship, combined with the equally well proven employment track records of the two men will pay dividends, both for Trinity Western and for the broader Christian community in this area.
Mar 2016The Laing Lectures 2016: Iain McGilchrist – God, the Brain and Paradox – March 9, 2016 - March 10, 2016 at All Day
Laing Lecture 2: Iain McGilchrist – What Brains Can and Can't Teach Us About God – March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Laing Lecture 3: Iain McGilchrist – The Power of No – March 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Young Messiah – March 11, 2016 at All Day
Fan the Flame Cross-Canada Tour – March 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tanner James – March 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brentwood Concert Series: Musica Intima – March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grace & Gene Fox: 7 Keys to Staying Well Married – March 12, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Journey Home: Seminar on Same-Sex Attraction – March 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: James Danderfer Special with Karin Plato – March 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Understanding & Caring for Parents – March 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Inklings Institute: Ron Dart: C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths – Chief Companions on the Faith Journey – March 15, 2016 at All Day
Leon Bridges in Concert – March 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Art & Spirit: Megaphone Magazine – March 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Allison Au – March 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Erica Grimm: Salt Water Skin Boats – March 17, 2016 at All Day
Numb – March 17, 2016 at All Day
Structuring Your Church and Network for Mission: Webinar Featuring Alan Roxburgh – March 17, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Death and the Dark Side: A Debate on Assisted Suicide in Canada – March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gender Cafe: Human Trafficking – March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Make Vancouver Home: But How Do We Afford to Live Here? – March 18, 2016 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Sacred Space – March 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Building Dynamic Prayer Friendships: Evangelism Training for Prayerful Ministry – March 19, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Intentional Christian Community Workshop with David Janzen – March 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gene Murphy and Friends – March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Eisenhauers – March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vancouver Bach Choir: Bach's St. Matthew Passion – March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
In Concert: Farooq Al-Sajee, Oud – March 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Laura Crema Trio with Bill Coon – March 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Dr. Ashley John Moyse: Book Launch & Public Lecture – March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Streams of Justice: Faith & Justice Roundtable – Pushed Off the Land – March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Youth Kosta – March 22, 2016 - March 24, 2016 at All Day
Faith & Reason Lecture Series event: "Strange Bedfellows: Are Individual Freedoms and Group Rights Reconcilable?" – March 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art & Spirit: Vikram Vij – March 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Geneva Lectures: Dr. Martin deWit - A Christian Spirituality for Hopeful Earthkeeping – March 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Daniel Reynolds - Prodigal Son Suite – March 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Peacemeal – March 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good Friday Blues – March 24, 2016 - March 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Good Friday Service Featuring Rutter's Requiem – March 25, 2016 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Gospel Good Friday with Warren Dean Flandez – March 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Way of the Cross – March 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Peacemeal – March 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In His Presence: Good Friday Worship and Celebration – March 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Poetry for Passion Week and Easter – March 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Love That Moves the Universe - Bach, Handel & Schafer – March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Building Dynamic Prayer Friendships: 10 Week Intensive Training (Saturdays) – March 26, 2016 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Easter Egg Hunt – March 26, 2016 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easter Sing-Along Messiah with Eric Homminick – March 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
From Darkness to Light: Holy Saturday Easter Vigil with communion – March 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Kairos Course (Tuesday evenings, two Saturdays) – March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Maria Gaudin: Life Among the Deadwood - Opening reception – March 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Adele Wilding – March 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
EFC Webinar: Worse than we thought: Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide – March 31, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Festival of Hope: Pastors and Leaders Dinner – March 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. Dennis Venema: Why I Accept Evolution (And Why You Probably Should As Well) – March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Love, Mercy & Forgiveness: Pope Francis & the Future of the Catholic Church – March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tenth Avenue North, with Hawk Nelson – March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Festival of Hope Launch – March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Apr 2016God's Not Dead 2 – April 1, 2016 at All Day
Vancouver Retrouvaille: A Lifeline for Marriages – April 1, 2016 - April 3, 2016 at All Day
Dr. Barry Pointon: The Human-Haunted Cosmos – April 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Journey Home Community: Annual Celebration Event – April 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Coalmont – April 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paul Taylor: Mount St. Helens – A Message for Today – April 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Church Library Association of BC Conference 2016 – April 2, 2016 at All Day
Gather – April 2, 2016 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Paul Taylor: How Old is the Earth? – April 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Paul Taylor: No Compromise – April 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Panic Squad: A Live Comedy Event – April 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Shore Chorus: Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle – April 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Faith, Freedom & Liberty Concert – April 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action – April 5, 2016 at All Day
Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action: Surrey Meeting – April 5, 2016 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action: Vancouver Meeting – April 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
OnMission Virtual Conference – April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – April 6, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Joey Horvath – April 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Wanda Nowicki – April 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rick Goossen: Ask the Expert - Advisory Boards – April 7, 2016 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Wenona Victor: Reconciliation Through Education – April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Paul Taylor: Mount St. Helens – A Message for Today – April 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Discerning Truth in a Complex World – April 8, 2016 - April 9, 2016 at All Day
Mining and the Common Good: A Symposium on Mineral Resource Development and Laudato SI’ – April 8, 2016 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Empowered to Connect Conference – April 8, 2016 - April 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
RSVP: Celebrate the Light – April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Women's Abide 2016 Conference – April 8, 2016 - April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Paul Taylor: Mount St. Helens – A Message for Today – April 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
God's Masterpiece: All Day Event for Women – April 9, 2016 at All Day
Journey of Reconciliation: Listening to Indigenous Elders – April 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
St. Andrew's United Church Women's Book Sale – April 9, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Way of Light Morning Retreat, Part 1 – April 9, 2016 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Dr. Ross Hastings: Installation to the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology – April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paul Taylor: Mount St. Helens – A Message for Today – April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paul Taylor: Creation or Evolution - Who Cares? – April 10, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Andrea Menard Trio – April 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Karin Plato – April 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm