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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight” (Proverbs 3:5). “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Ryan Siemens
While training as a family therapist, I learned the term “emotional cut-off.” It was not a dynamic I was personally familiar with; my particular family tends to be on the opposite... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
For many years my wife and I raised our family in an older community with many beautiful boulevard trees but very few young families. Despite our best efforts, our neighbours were... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson

Photo from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Who are these five women from Siegburg, Germany, in 1919? We don’t know for certain, but on Jan. 13, soldier Gordon Eby wrote that he and an army buddy “called at the home of the... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
Catching up on Witness worker reports, I came across an update from Mary Raber, who teaches at the Odessa Theological Seminary in Ukraine, a country continuing to experience... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Dan Dyck
Our family was fortunate enough to see an iceberg this summer near Twillingate, N.L. It was a surreal experience for me. Everything around me paused for a brief transcendent... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about missions. The feature in this issue is Part 2 in a series focussing on partnerships between congregations and Witness workers. These workers... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
One late Friday afternoon when the office was nearly empty, two clean-cut young men showed up at the Mennonite Church Canada reception desk to inquire about pension benefits for... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Viewpoints | Coreena Stewart
A year ago, I said goodbye to my job and stepped into an unknown future. In truth, the future is always unknown, or beyond certainty, as my father would qualify when he spoke of... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
With the arrival of summer, my wife and I have been enjoying more time outside. Our yard contains many different fruit trees, shrubs and grapevines that provide shade, beauty, and... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Viewpoints | Harold Penner
Someone once said to me, “The problem with Christians is they are all mental!” As I reflected on his disparaging comment, I realized he had a point. Not the point he was trying to... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Recently I sat in an audience of several hundred Christian communicators and watched the feature film, Silence , by accomplished American director Martin Scorsese. The movie was... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
I’m told that white-water rafting requires four simple considerations. They are simple but they are very important: Rest during the calm spots because there are always more rapids... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
How do we know when tradition is helpful or harmful? How do we know when tradition breathes life and hope into the people of God? Or when it becomes a barrier to the leading of... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi

Each year Tim Sauer, left, takes his first rhubarb pie to John Neufeld, the executive director of House of Friendship in Kitchener, Ont., because rhubarb is his favourite. (Photo courtesy of Tim Sauer)

Tim Sauer is known as the “pie man” because every now and then he shows up at places like the thrift shop or House of Friendship in Kitchener, Ont., with a pie for volunteers or... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Viewpoints | Barb Draper

Tim's rhubarb pie—a pie to share and enjoy! (Photo by D. Michael Hostetler)

Tim Sauer, who is known as the “pie man,” bakes at least 200 pies a year that he gives away to encourage volunteers and those who work in church-related organizations. This is his... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Viewpoints | Barb Draper

Photo by Leona Dueck Penner.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Viewpoints | Ev Buhr
As I began writing this, my Twitter and Facebook feeds reported news about a gun attack on an Egyptian bus carrying Coptic Christians. The world gasped and wept—once again. The... Read More
June 14, 2017
| Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Only one person voted against the Mennonite Church Canada Resolution on Palestine and Israe l , but we all know the matter is more complex than that. Some Mennonites and others... Read More
June 14, 2017
| Viewpoints | Will Braun
The irony wasn’t lost on me, or on others. At last summer’s Mennonite Church Canada assembly, people discussed, debated and discerned holy sexuality. Specifically, they considered... Read More
June 14, 2017
| Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
For centuries, people who questioned the church and its dogma were silenced and at times persecuted. The church coerced the masses to acquiesce to its doctrine by shaming sceptics... Read More
June 14, 2017
| Viewpoints | Troy Watson
I’ll never forget the moment that Bill came to sit with me in the penalty box. I was rather embarrassed. It was a Bible college intramural hockey game. I had been a little chippy... Read More
May 31, 2017
| Viewpoints | Ryan Jantzi
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.—Various attributions According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of all Canadians will personally... Read More
May 17, 2017
| Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
I grew up with a prairie view of wide open sky and grain fields dotted with cattle. In the living room, however, hung a painting of fishermen hurriedly pulling their boat to shore... Read More
May 17, 2017
| Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
Walking to my conversational Spanish class, I rehearsed phrases in my head, hoping practice would strengthen my fledgling skills. In spite of my efforts, I knew I would stumble to... Read More
May 17, 2017
| Viewpoints | Melissa Miller

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