Articles by Neil Bramble
By Neil Bramble
May 12, 2017
The life story of James Innell Packer is the story of a shy, introverted young boy of humble beginnings who became a dominant voice guiding the development of British and North American evangelical Christianity after WWII.
A final note of significance—while Packer did attend an Anglican church in Oxford, he also came in contact with the Plymouth Brethren, a group Wikipedia describes as “a conservative, low church, nonconformist, Evangelical Christian movement whose history can be traced to Dublin, Ireland, in the late 1820s, originating from Anglicanism A rising generation of theological students and younger ministers were being offered a powerful and persuasive vision of the Christian life, in which theology, biblical exposition, spirituality, and preaching were shown to be mutually indispensable and interrelated…It was a powerful antidote to the anti-intellectualism which had been rampant within British evangelical circles in the immediate post-war period…the Conference acted as the nucleus of a new and emerging constituency within British evangelicalism Latimer House became “…the leading evangelical think tank and resource centre for evangelicals within the Anglican Church,”9 Packer became the warden, placing him in a unique position of leadership and influence for the next decade (1961–70) Packer sought “…to recall the church to its theological and historical roots in the English reformers of the sixteenth century…and subsequently the Puritan writers of the seventeenth “The rigorous linguistic, philosophical and historical training which Packer would receive during his time at Oxford is widely regarded as being reflected in his ability, shown in many of his books, to handle complex arguments with ease and clarity Packer moved to Canada because his longtime friend James Houston, who had come to Vancouver earlier and became the principal architect of the newly founded Regent College, invited him to move here His leadership sprang from deeply rooted convictions about God, the Bible, doctrine, and the church, and his determination to defend orthodoxy and tackle key theological issues in public debate, often entering into controversy that cost him personally
May 5, 2017
Leonard Crimp was a visible leader, always present. Able to cast vision and to inspire others, he took the long view; he led by example. Through the H. J. Heinz Company his influence was felt across Canada and in several other countries; in The Gideons it was felt around the world.
Leonard provided leadership in the Heinz Company and the wider business world during the difficult and challenging years of the Great Depression and WWII, and also through the great post-war expansion In July 1932, the company moved Leonard and his family once again, this time to Montreal as branch ...
March 24, 2017
Throughout his life Peter Foggin has been motivated by a deep sense of mission and God’s personal call. He pursued that call in the world of academia, spending his professional life as a university professor in Quebec, providing leadership to his colleagues, in field work projects, and in extensive research.
During his career, Peter carried out family planning research in Thailand (1980); researched the health status and risk factors of the Cree and Inuit in northern Québec (1980–87); did similar research in western China (1989–90); researched the health status and risk factors of semi-nomadic pastorals...