January 23, 2017 — Toronto, ON
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – Employees of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) will join with Canadians from coast-to-coast November 11 in marking Remembrance Day, to honour the memory of members of the Canadian Forces who have died in the line of duty. For more than a century, CBS has maintained an important relationship with Canada’s service personnel, providing our military men and women with more than a million copies (estimated) of the Christian Scriptures throughout that time.
It was at the beginning of the First World War in 1914, that CBS representatives first approached the federal government, offering to provide free New Testaments (with Psalms and Proverbs) to every man in the Expeditionary Forces. The Militia Department accepted the Canadian Bible Society’s offer, and so began the production of a special edition, khaki-bound book, bearing the Canadian Coat of Arms. The inside inscription included a quote from the biblical book of Joshua: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 NIV
From that time, the special edition New Testaments were printed in several iterations over the years, with variations in size, cover, and additional content.
Monday, September 12, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) announces the installation service of Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, newly appointed National Director of CBS. The installation service and dinner will take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Toronto, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 6:00pm, by invitation.
Appointed in April, Dr. Dent takes the reins of one of Canada's most established Christian charities, celebrating 110 years of witness and service in 2016. Among other structural improvements, CBS earlier announced it will embark on a new model of regional representation - reorganizing into five regions to foster unity and cohesion - as it begins a new era of making the Bible accessible and available in Canada and around the world.
"We are so pleased to have such a gifted and committed leader as we do in Jonathan Dent, as we reorganize and reenergize for growth and impact in Canada," says Dr. William H. Brackney, Chair of the Board of Governors for CBS. "After a national search, the Board of Governors is unanimous in its delight in appointing Dr. Dent to this key role. He brings the rare assets of scholarship and pastoral experience to this vital ministry in which all Canadians share." Brackney continues, "The installation evening will be an important time for those who believe in the transformative witness of the Bible and the work of the Canadian Bible Society to gather around, hear from Dr. Dent and his team, and celebrate this important milestone in our life of service together."
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – As summer fades into fall in Canada, and students once again fill classrooms from coast-to-coast, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is reaching out to equip some of them with God’s Word.
In partnership with International Student Ministries Canada—a Christian charitable organization whose vision is to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ—CBS will be distributing over 1,000 Bibles, New Testaments and testimonies (of previous international students) to young adults newly arrived in Canada.
International Student Ministries Canada (ISMC) focuses on reaching international students during their time in this country, providing friendship and helping them adjust to Canadian culture and their new learning context.
“We really see how these gifts [of the Scriptures] speak to them,” says Stephen Scott of International Student Ministries Canada. “As they embrace the truth, it transforms their lives.”
“The Canadian Bible Society exists to translate, publish, and distribute the Christian Scriptures,” says Jonathan Dent “and to promote and encourage the use of the Bible, here in Canada and around the world. In partnership with ISMC, we are able to put God’s Word into the hands of young people who will take it back to their home countries, their families, or wherever God calls them.”
Wednesday August 3, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) –This summer, thousands of Canadian children and youth will attend summer camps from coast to coast. Many of them will receive a free copy of the Adventure for Life Bible, designed especially for them.
Each summer, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) extends its engagement with Canadian children and youth who attend Christian camps. “The response to the Adventure for Life Bible is overwhelmingly positive,” says Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society. “Camp staff recognize the value of a Bible geared specifically to the camp experience, and young campers are thrilled to receive their own free Bible,” he says. “The Adventure for Life Bible includes the entire Scriptures in an easy-to-read New Living Translation as well as sections on how to read the Bible, how to pray, what the Bible says about forgiveness, great Bible chapters, where to find specific topics or stories, and what to read in specific circumstances.”
Since its publication in 2015, more than 31,000 copies of the Adventure for Life (Child) Bible – created especially for children who attend Canadian Christian camps – were distributed to campers across Canada. An additional 7,800+ copies of the youth version of the Bible were also distributed.
Friday, June 24, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – One of Canada’s most mature Christian ministries celebrates a significant anniversary in June. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) turns 110 on June 26.
On the cusp of its 111th year, CBS is strategically poised for continuing impact for years to come.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, the newly appointed National Director of CBS, will lead the growing ministry team, shepherding the organization forward in its work of connecting people with the life-changing power of God’s Word through translation, publication, distribution, and engagement.
Dent says, “Like any milestone birthday, our 110th presents an ideal opportunity to give thanks to God, our donors, and our partners in ministry for all that has happened in the past, and to look forward with anticipation to a new era of ministry in Canada and around the world.”
Looking forward strategically involves acknowledgement of what has already been achieved. 2015 was a banner year for CBS as the organization adopted a strategic plan to chart its course over the next several years. CBS also launched new initiatives and strengthened existing partnerships and projects in the four focal points of translation, publication, distribution, and engagement.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
TORONTO – (Canadian Christian News Service) – The Canadian Bible Society, celebrating its 110th year of ministry in Canada, will embark on its next era of impact by introducing an efficient new model of regional representation.
“We are truly one of the original local, national, and global ministries in Canada. We will continue to build those pillars of strength, as we fill our mission to make God’s Word both accessible and available,” says Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society.
The national presence of the Canadian Bible Society will be reorganized into five Regions to create a more unified and cohesive presence and strengthening the ability of CBS to minister to every province and territory.
The five Regions will be British Columbia and Yukon; Prairies and North West Territories; Ontario and Nunavut; Quebec, and Atlantic.
Friday May 6, 2016
TORONTO—(Canadian Christian News Service)—The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is mobilizing resources and meeting with local ministry leaders as they support those who have been evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta. More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes and communities as devastating wildfires continue to rage out of control.
“A disaster like this hard to believe at times,” says Marvin Busenius, Director of Ministry Advancement, Alberta, British Columbia for CBS. “I have been meeting with pastors and other church and ministry staff from the Fort McMurray area, many of whom know they have lost their own homes. I’ve also had talks with representatives from Christian organizations, including the Salvation Army and Samaritan's Purse, to strategize about how best to get helpful resources into the hands of those who urgently need them.”
Friday, April 15, 2016
The Inuktitut Bible is being revised.
Inuktitut is the language of some 30,000 Inuit living in the Eastern Arctic and Northern Quebec.
The translation of the whole Bible into Inuktitut was completed 3 years ago, the fruit of a 25 year collaboration between the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of the Arctic) and the Canadian Bible Society.
Speaking of the old Labrador Inuit translation (a different dialect from Inuktitut), Reverend Jonas Allooloo affirms: “God used the old translation, even though it was not perfect. God still used it to make new disciples. With the new translation we have produced, it is better understood now. Many people are overjoyed.” Reverend Allooloo is Dean of St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral, in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and is one of the long term members of the Inuktitut translation team.
Friday, April 1, 2016
TORONTO, Ontario -- (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) -- The Board of Governors of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent as National Director, effective April 4, 2016.
Originally from California, Dr. Dent has lived, studied and worked in Canada for more than three decades. A graduate of Regent College (Vancouver), he has also studied at the Vancouver School of Theology and at Presbyterian College (McGill University) in Montreal. While teaching Religious Studies (in French) at the University of Ottawa, and later, psychology at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg, Dr. Dent earned his Ph.D. His thesis focused on a dialogue between theology and psychology.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1988, he has served congregations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.
"We are pleased and grateful that Jonathan has agreed to take on the role of National Director," says Dr. William H. Brackney, Chairman of the Board of Governors for CBS. "He is well acquainted with the work of the Bible Society, and so is also well aware of the challenges inherent in carrying out such significant Christian ministry in our post-Christian culture. We look forward to the restoration and revitalization that the CBS is certain to experience under his strong and capable leadership."