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La Homosexualidad

En nuestro análisis del tema, partiremos del concepto de sexualidad con sus diferentes manifestaciones para proseguir con una exposición sucinta de la homosexualidad a lo largo de la historia, un apartado sobre las causas del fenómeno homosexual, un análisis exegético de los textos bíblicos relativos a la homosexualidad, con algunas conclusiones, dejando para el final las consideraciones de tipo pastoral. Quedan fuera del propósito de este trabajo las consideraciones de tipo legal.
by José M. Martínez
Views: 4517

Slavery, Abolition & Evangelicals

25 March 2007 marks the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. Evangelicals played a significant role in the abolition of the slave trade, as well as in the abolition of slavery itself. Because of their religious beliefs and values they were amongst the leading philanthropists and pioneered numerous welfare provisions and social reforms in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is a line of spiritual continuity and practical piety, of evangelical witness and concern for social and spiritual transformation. The bicentenary is also a timely reminder of this rich legacy, as well as a renewed challenge for Christians today to actively “promote justice and compassion for the poor, vulnerable and oppressed” . In commemorating the bicentenary, this booklet aims to do three things briefly. Firstly, draw attention to some biblical perspectives on slavery and society; secondly, make a couple of observations about the nature of slavery and the contributions of some key abolitionists; and thirdly, offer some suggested activities for churches and groups to mark the bicentenary.
by David Muir
Views: 4298

Handle With Care

The Evangelical Alliance has produced Handle with Care: A Christian Introduction to Alternative Medicine in response to many questions we have received about nonorthodox medicine. This resource does not provide black-and-white answers. Informed evangelicals can be found passionately for and vehemently against some alternative therapies. Instead, we aim simply to set out the facts from a Christian viewpoint about alternative medicine in general, to outline some popular therapies, and to point the interested reader towards further sources of research. Alternative or complementary medicine continues to grow apace. The Institute for Complementary Medicine lists nearly 80 of the main disciplines. But however many column inches are devoted to alternative therapies, many trained therapists and medically qualified practitioners - including Britain's first professor of complementary medicine - would disown many claims made for alternative therapies, and are calling for rigorous research in their own fields. It must be said that there are alternative therapies which are incompatible with Christianity. Indiscriminate use of some therapies may leave a person vulnerable to spiritual, emotional or physical harm. I suggest you use this resource prayerfully as a launching point, and follow it up with your own research.
by Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom
Views: 3333

Dawn Intercession Handbook

by Cathy Schaller
Views: 3967

When God Was Black

Not too long after our Lord's ascension, an Ethiopian believed on Jesus Christ and was baptized. And God became black. In the nineteenth century white missionaries went to parts of Africa knowing that their life expectancy was only a few months. They came and they died and many Africans put their trust in Jesus Christ. And again God was black. In a rough-hewn, crowded shack in America, a black slave, having nothing in this life but hopelessness and chronic, bone-weary fatigue, found his release in Jesus Christ. From being a miserable slave he became the child of a King. As the Scripture had promised, the lowly slave was filled with the Spirit of God. God took up His residence in the black slave. The black body became the temple for the Holy Spirit of God. God's exterior was black. So God was not only white. Or brown or yellow or red. God was black as well. In the segregated streets of the South, in the ghettos of Watts and Hough and Newark and Detroit, and in a few - a very, very few - wealthy and influential homes, wherever Jesus has found a home in the heart of our Negro citizens, God is black. What's it like when God is black? Are the prejudices swept away, the doors flung open, the awesome power of God just as effective? I think I can tell you. Because I am black and God lives within me, too. I'd like to tell you my story of what it's like when God is black.
by Bob Harrison with Jim Montgomery
Views: 3695

Changing Genes: A Christian Approach to Human Genetic Testing and Therapy

April 1998
The EFC's discussion paper on genetics, Changing Genes: A Christian Approach to Human Genetic Testing and Therapy, was released in April 1998. Changing Genes outlines several biblical principles that apply to genetics and includes a short primer on genetics, explaining things like what DNA is and how it works. Changing Genes raises questions about how to respond to new genetic technologies and outlines some legal and societal concerns about the future of genetic testing. The paper ends with practical suggestions on how to minister to those who have genetic diseases.
by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 4303

Physical Discipline of Children by Parents

This position paper on corporal discipline outlines international, federal and provincial law relating to parental responsibilities, the protection of children, and physical discipline. It discusses Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows reasonable physical discipline by parents. The EFC believes that repealing Section 43 and removing a parent's ability to use physical discipline in a reasonable and appropriate way would be an unwarranted intrusion into family life. Physical Discipline of Children by Parents gives an overview of the issue of corporal discipline, including the relevant legal provisions and the need for family autonomy.
by EFC Social Action Commission
Views: 3234

Marriage and Family Status in Canada

The EFC outlines a biblical understanding of marriage and family in this position paper, and briefly summarizes the legal history and obligations of both. This paper addresses the question of whether marriage and family should be redefined to include other forms of relationships. Marriage and Family Status in Canada recommends that the government preserve and support marriage and family, and engage in an open, consultative process as they develop new policy in these areas. This paper is designed to serve as a general resource for people interested in thinking through the definitions of marriage and family and learning about their legal history.
by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 3235

Ipsos-Reid Survey: Evangelical Beliefs/Practices

Dec. 2003
"Evangelical Beliefs & Practices" is a Church and Faith Trends publication, written by Aileen Van Ginkel, director of the EFC's Centre for Ministry Empowerment, in relation to the wealth of data on Protestant and Catholic evangelicals that resulted from the Ipsos-Reid survey on Canadian beliefs and practises. On the basis of responses to six key questions, the results suggest that 19% of Canadians can be described as "evangelicals." Demographic data, as well as findings on attitudes toward volunteering, charitable giving, church attendance, evangelism, and priorities for the Church present a picture of Canadian evangelicals and their non-evangelical neighbours that will be helpful to ministry leaders in congregational, denominational and organizational settings.
by Aileen Van Ginkel
Views: 3586

Pursuing the Real Canadian Advantage

Oct. 2010
The Real Canadian Advantage: A Discussion Paper: Building the Canadian Advantage and Bill C-300: An Act Respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries. 20 pages.
by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 3118

Protecteurs de la Terre

Une discussion sur les questions environnementales, en tirant sur les perspectives chrétienne de la création de Dieu, produit par la AEC Commission de l'action sociale et William Van Geest. Inclus les sections études appropriées à des fins personnels ou de groupe.
by William van Geest
Views: 4082

God’s Earthkeepers

A discussion of environmental issues, drawing on Christian perspectives of God's creation, produced by the EFC Social Action Commission and William Van Geest. Includes study sections appropriate for personal or group purposes.
by William van Geest
Views: 4270

Being Christians in a Pluralistic Society

Nov. 1997
This November 1997 background paper addresses the question of how Christians can live in a pluralistic society. It considers definitions of pluralism, examines liberalism and secularism, outlines three possible responses to pluralism and then proposes a Christian view of pluralism.
by The Social Action Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 3245

Advancing Religion as a Charitable Object

October 20
In Fall 2008 Canada Revenue Agency is developing guidelines for registered charities under the “Advancement of Religion” category of charitable activity. EFC General Legal Counsel Don Hutchinson and Associate Legal Counsel Faye Sonier met with Jennifer Leddy and Richard Brunton of the CRA at that time.
by Don Hutchinson, Faye Sonier
Views: 4266

Through the Pain: Helping a Suicidal Person

The EFC Aboriginal Ministries Council has developed a two-page brochure on suicide prevention that will benefit both aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities.
by EFC Aboriginal Ministries Council
Views: 3714

Prayer and Planning: The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Communal Discernment Model

In the fall of 2007, the staff of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada embarked on a journey of integrating communal prayer practices with strategic planning efforts. The path that we took over the next six months was shaped, on the one hand, by the practice of communal prayer that we formed and, on the other, by a modification of the “Appreciative Inquiry” model for strategic planning. What we were forging was, in fact, a process for “communal discernment.” Our communal discernment model has brought together various streams of listening for God’s voice through reflections on God’s written Word and conversations with one another, and in relation to the broader context in which we are engaged.
by Aileen Van Ginkel
Views: 4312

When Two Become One

This PDF booklet, revised in 2006, is designed to help Christians and public policy makers understand the importance and uniqueness of marriage. It reviews the benefits of marriage. It also reviews the current legal and public policy threats to marriage and discusses how Christians can respond.
by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Views: 3346

The Protester, the Dissident, and the Christian

by Thomas K. Johnson
Views: 4067

Oberammergau: Passion Play Problems 2010

The decennial Passion Play season at Oberammergau will soon come to an end.
by John Warwick Montgomery
Views: 3927

May a Christian Go to Court?

Is the use of some kind of conflict resolution tied to legal process sensible and justified (e.g., witnesses, defence, judges, independent appraisers, mediators, legal transcripts)? Many Christians object, at least in theory, to going to court or to using the methods of a constitutional state. They object all the more that Christians go to court against each other or use the methods of the constitutional state in connection with Christian activities or churches.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 3749
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