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  • Chinese Baptists enrich next-gen ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LONG BEACH, Calif. (BP) -- The Chinese Baptist fellowship added a next-generation ministry leader to its executive team at its 20th biennial conference, enriching ministry to second- and third-generation Chinese Americans.

    William Eng, who retired in 2016 from the pastorate of Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County, Calif., joins the executive committee of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the USA and Canada (CBFUSA) in the new post of vice president for Next Gen Ministry. Eng has more than 30 years of experience leading and discipling Chinese Americans born in the U.S. Read More

  • Canada marijuana law calls for 'aggressive' church response

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    OTTAWA, Canada (BP) -- Canada's nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a "more aggressive approach" to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use.

    "Everyone is going to be exposed to" legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC). "So the church is going to have to take a little more aggressive approach to developing a polemic against and an education against drug abuse."

    A bill known as the Cannabis Act passed Canada's Senate June 19 by a 52-29 vote after passing at the House of Commons in November, according to media reports. Read More

  • Toronto pastor's hope: God will use evil for good

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    TORONTO (BP) -- "Just steps away" from where a driver began a carnage that killed 10 and injured 15 on a pedestrian-friendly Toronto street, Willowdale Baptist Church pastor Bruce Jones is corralling a hurting community for prayer and hope.

    "As Joseph said at the end of Genesis [in the Bible], what you meant for evil, the Lord meant for good for the saving of many lives," Jones told Baptist Press ahead of a silent prayer vigil planned for 1:30 p.m. today (April 24) where the crime began. "I believe the same thing is occurring in this case, that what the evil one meant for harm, that God will turn into great good for His Kingdom. He's going to wake up people and call them back to a relationship with Himself." Read More

  • Chinese focus on 2020 goal of 600 church plants

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (one year ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Ministry updates from church planters are on tap when the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the United States and Canada gathers June 13 during the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Canada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ONTARIO, Canada (BP) -- A recent push in Canada to encourage euthanasia patients to donate their organs appears to be working.

    In Ontario, the first province to report data, 26 people who died by lethal injection decided to donate tissue or organs since the Medical Aid in Dying Act (MAID) came into effect last June, according to the National Post. A total of 388 people have chosen to die by lethal injection in Ontario, over half of the 744 total Canadians who have been euthanized. Read More

  • Ontario turns parenting into a group affair

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Thursday, December 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ONTARIO, Canada (BP) -- Children in Ontario, Canada, may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents, under a bill passed by the legislature Tuesday (Nov. 29).

    Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process. They simply must sign a contract to co-parent before the child is conceived. Read More

  • Christian hospitals opt out of Canada's euthanasia law

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (BP) -- Two Christian hospitals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have opted out of the assisted suicide law passed by Canada's government in June.

    Concordia Hospital, a Mennonite institution, and St. Boniface Hospital, a Catholic facility, announced they will not euthanize patients but agreed to refer those seeking assisted suicide to other groups that will. Read More

  • Court: Law society must accept Christian attorneys

    by J.C. Derrick/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, November 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada (BP) -- The Law Society of British Columbia must recognize Trinity Western University's (TWU) future law school graduates, according to a unanimous opinion the British Columbia (B.C.) Court of Appeals issued Nov. 1.

    "The TWU community has a right to hold and act on its beliefs, absent evidence of actual harm," a five-judge panel wrote. "To do so is an expression of its right to freedom of religion." Read More

  • Pro-family group petitions Canadian Parliament

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CANADA (BP) -- A conservative, pro-family women's group in Canada wants greater protections for Christians' religious freedom and rights of conscience.

    REAL Women of Canada says religious freedom has eroded as Canada has sanctioned things like gay marriage, so the group recently launched a petition to present to Parliament. Read More