Yesterday the jobless numbers increased for Ontario. The Toronto Star’s front page today did little to curb our enthusiasm for spreading doom and gloom. These certainly are tough times and many are talking 1929 and the dreaded 70 year cycle.

These days I am wondering what the church’s response should be to the pervasive culture of fear and despair. We certainly can’t turn a blind eye to the reality facing us but neither should we be swept up in the cultural mood of the day.

What does it mean to be counter-cultural today? What is God calling us to?

I am hopeful that we will engage the needs of our communities but I am equally concerned that we may lose our missional edge as we become. More and more concerned about a financial bottom line.
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