Articles written by Jeff Decontie

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  • Reconnecting God's Children to His Creation

    Jeff DeContie|Updated Jul 23, 2014

    by Randy S. Woodley Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 2012 Trade Soft Cover 178 pages Randy Woodley in his theological book Shalom and the Community of Creation sets out to help everyone reconnect to creation in the way God intended for us. The Garden of Eden, and the goodness of creation, are crucial ideas if we are to understand how we can live a life of shalom (xvii). If we are not at rest with creation, we are somewhat out of touch with God's goodness through his...

  • Studying Law as a Native Christian

    Jeff DeContie|Updated Jul 23, 2014

    Native people study law. Christians study law. Native Christians should know some law too. Most of our news is on issues surrounded by questions of law. However, sometimes the law is so disconnected from our daily lives. I hear about whether some judge can sit on the Supreme Court, but I may not know what happens if I fish out of season or what my neighbor is allowed to do on their property in the city. These are the specific legal issues. On the other hand, there is a bigger...

  • Idle No More: a difficult (but necessary) conversation

    Jeff Decontie|Updated Mar 17, 2013

    I am a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation (Algonquin), a husband, a graduate student, and most important, a brother in Christ. And I am a supporter of Idle No More. I want to see Canadian Christians have a better conversation on one of the most pressing issues of our time. We need to keep the conversation going. This is a moral and relational issue; Jesus Christ is in this issue if you look hard enough—beyond what you hear in the mainstream media. At the h...

  • God is still working in people like me

    Jeff DeContie|Updated Jan 19, 2013

    Fear was a huge part of my childhood and not the healthy fear. I was afraid of school, afraid of what friends might think of me, afraid of my family, my grandmother, my mom and her whole side of the family. I was afraid of everybody and everything, but the Lord it seemed. I was raised as an Algonquin/Mohawk in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa. I stress the urban part of my life because I think this was the biggest difference that separated my brother and me from both reserv...

  • So who’s your idol?

    Jeff DeContie|Updated Sep 26, 2012

    So, what are your idols? Idols are false or man-made gods that take first place in our lives instead of the Creator of the universe (God). In 2012, for some people it is their ancestors or family members. For some it’s a hockey or football team. Money is a famous one. For others, it’s celebrities, political leaders, or even agendas. Whatever idols, there’s usually a person or thing that we would seriously give our lives for rather than God. This is a gross slap in God’s face....