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Rediscovering Mission in the Midst of the Pandemic
The new normal is not normal at all. As the pandemic draws on, we are continually being challenged to reshape and reorder almost every part of our life – our social networks, work, relationships, and extra-curricular activities. Church is no different! How we do church now compared to how we used to do it has changed so much over the last eight months. What about our mission as the church to reach out and care for our community, to share the hope of Jesus? Join us as Bruxy Cavey (The Meeting House), Andy Bannister (Solas Centre for Public Christianity) and Judy Paulsen (Wycliffe College) discuss mission in the midst of the pandemic.
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It was 1962 and while cracks were beginning to show in Christendom’s foundations most Anglican churches were still full and my father’s church was no exception. I grew up attending Sunday school, singing in the Junior Choir, working in the nursery, and running Sunday breakfast sandwiches over to my dad between the three morning services. The rhythms of my life were thoroughly shaped by Scripture, weekly worship, and the great festivals of the Christian faith. The idea that I had any say in the matter, or that God might want a response from me, simply didn’t occur to me. I presently hold degrees from Western (B.A.), McGill (M. Sc. A), Wycliffe (M.Div.) and Fuller Theological Seminary (D. Min.). After serving in parish ministry in the GTA for 15 years I accepted a position on the faculty of Wycliffe, where I serve as the Professor of Evangelism and director of the Institute of Evangelism. My primary interest lies in the effective communication of the gospel in today’s culture.
Bruxy is the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada where thousands of people connect to God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. (You can learn more about The Meeting House at themeetinghouse.com.) Bruxy is also author of the bestselling book, The End of Religion and his new book, (re)union, is an overview of “The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners.”
Prior to working with Solas, Andy was Director and Lead Apologist at the Canada office of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an and his latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher. See more at andybannister.net