The Gospel According to Mayor Naheed Nenshi - John Van Sloten

February 13, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat does Mayor Naheed Nenshi teach us about who God is?

“…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God… For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good… Give to everyone what you owe: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1, 4, 7, TNIV

“We want to live in cities that are intersections of the world…”
Nenshi quoting a report called Canada 25

“I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb...” Revelation 7:9-10, TNIV

"We have to stop demonizing people who can’t afford or don’t live in the front-garage, three-and-a-half-bedroom home in a new community in Calgary. We have to recognize that we’re all neighbours. We’re all Calgarians. We all have much to contribute."
Nenshi in the Calgary Herald Feb 2, 2011

“For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11, TNIV

“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Jeremiah 29:7, TNIV

Today’s post message dialogue question:
Given what you've just heard about God's heart for government leaders and our city, how do you see the church (& yourself) contributing to the building of a better Calgary?

Mayor Nenshi at heart of pastor's sermon
Lessons on God can be found in new leadership
By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald February 12, 2011

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Rev. John Van Sloten preached on February 13, using the new mayor of Calgary, Alberta, as part of his “text.”

Van Sloten is the pastor of New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Calgary, and has a reputation for incorporating new media into his services and finding God in contemporary culture. The service where he used the music of Metallica eventually became a book, The Day Metallica Came to Church.

This Sunday, he focused on how the church can become a better citizen, using as an example the God-like qualities he sees in Calgary’s new mayor, Naheed Nenshi.

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September 22, 2012
Religion is a scam, stop lying to children.

You praise political leaders, but you never ask, what would Jesus do.
Would your fictional god, jesus, ever praise his government overlords?

Or was it government that put your king to death, which BTW is a fundamental proof that someone is not a god when they bleed out and die when nailed to a board.

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