When the Israelites were exiled to Babylon, they found themselves spiritually and morally challenged in a land in rebellion against God and His truth. Similarly, Christians in this uncertain period of a post-truth Canada feel increasingly isolated from culture and their community. Hence the name of the event: Thriving in Babylon. The purpose is to explore the opportunities evangelical Canadian Christians have in our present-day context and how we can thrive within it.
This spring conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018, at Vaughan Community Church, Thornhill, Ontario. It is being held in co-operation with Presbyterians Standing for Apostolic Love and Truth (PSALT). It will be a celebration of the evangelical church in Canada, with speakers, discussion, sharing, and fellowship. This event is open to people from all churches and denominations.
The theme on Friday, April 20, will be “Christian Living in a Secular World” and features Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Executive Director Bruce Clemenger; The People’s Church pastor Warwick Cooper; McMaster Divinity College professor Lee Beach (author of The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom); author and speaker William Webb; radio host, author, and president of the Presbyterian Laymen (PCUSA) Carmen LaBerge; Open Doors Canada Executive Director Gary Stagg; and Toronto Chinese Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship Chair Wes Chiang.
The theme on Saturday, April 21, will be “Good News for These Times”. Speakers include: David Haskell from Wilfrid Laurier University, John G. Stackhouse Jr. of Crandall University, and Rev. Dr. Peter Bush, Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Mark your calendar! Registration is online through Eventbrite, allowing payment online by credit card or by cheque through the mail. Early bird cost for both days is $125, Friday only $85, and Saturday only $60.
A block of rooms has been set aside at Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel and Suites (at Highway 7 and Leslie) for April 19-20 at $119 single or double, price guaranteed until April 3. Call hotel directly at 1-800-668-2121 and quote event name or code TIB419.
The Renewal Fellowship’s annual general meeting will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Cornerstone Community Church, Kleinburg, Ontario. Details here.