God's News (through a Journalist) - John Van Sloten

November 09, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to listen for God’s truth speaking, justice seeking, beauty appreciating, news telling word through the vocation of a journalist.

“The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen…”
The prophet Isaiah 8:1, NIV

Journalists report on the history God speaks

"Your job is to report the truth…”
US Politcal commentator, Norman Ornstein, Political Observer, Huffpost media

“A major flaw among journalists as a whole is a tendency toward self-righteousness.”
Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail columnist, Toronto

“The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”
Psalm 86:7, NIV (God as Reporter)

“I get to call up complete strangers and ask them to
tell me about themselves.”
Gaia Willis, CTV Reporter/Producer, Edmonton

“I like the feeling of probing something interesting. I like the feeling of understanding something complex. I like the idea of helping illuminate problems. I like ferreting out information that the public doesn’t yet know — but should…. I like to hear, and recount, stories that are just plain fascinating. I like when I get to… meet polar bears up close, fly in fighter jets, drive icebreakers, peer out over the North Korean border, or sneak around China’s distant western territories to speak with people about religious persecution. I like it when a story is so good it tells itself. I like it when a story is incredibly tough to tell, but somehow turns out…”
Nathan VanderKlippe, Asia Correspondent, Globe and Mail, Beijing

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Jesus in Revelation 21:5, NIV (italics mine)

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


All of the Words

Wonderful Maker

He Knows My Name

Everything - Hughes

Oh for a Thousand Tongues

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