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In a recent Bible study, we were looking at John 20 where Jesus appeared to the disciples. Gathered behind locked doors, Jesus appeared in the midst of them and said, “Peace be... Read More
June 15, 2016
| Willard Metzger
A long time ago, my high school physics teacher defined work as moving something from one place to another. “You could work all day trying to move a boulder,” he expanded, “and if... Read More
June 15, 2016
| Melissa Miller
In an article entitled “Has militant atheism become a religion?” published on Salon.com (March 24, 2013), primatologist Frans de Waal writes, “In my interactions with religious... Read More
June 15, 2016
| Troy Watson
Prospects for an intense conversation on several issues appear to be gaining traction for our upcoming assembly in Saskatoon in July. The agenda features the conclusion of the... Read More
June 1, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
Mennonites are blessed with traditions and aspirations that many admire: nonviolent peacemaking, mutual aid, voluntarism, relief efforts, generosity and so on. But these values... Read More
June 1, 2016
| Tim Froese
“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” This little English phrase must have been coined by a parent watching her child pour milk into a cup. When our emerging independence turns to “... Read More
June 1, 2016
| Phil Wagler
She is more than my spouse and partner of 54 years. She was my soul mate; the person whose love and devotion never faltered; the one to whom I turned for counsel, for wisdom and... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
During the Second World War, guided by the leadership of Pastor André Trocmé, the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and surrounding regions hid Jews who were fleeing from the Nazis... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Karen Martens Zimmerly
I am writing this column on Mother’s Day weekend. As I weed flowerbeds, memories of my hardworking mothers and their gardens dance in my head. Gram Miller—Anna Estelle—grew up in... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Melissa Miller
May. It’s the time of year when many of us who have, or aspire to have, a green thumb turn our minds to gardening. Some may have already been nursing self-propagated seedlings for... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Harold Penner
The first prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, once said, “I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.” Sometimes the pursuit of political correctness and the... Read More
May 18, 2016
| Troy Watson
The draw to our Anabaptist/Mennonite theology just keeps happening. First, it was Stuart Murray, the British-born Baptist who, with many in his network, found a “home” in the... Read More
May 4, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
Bridges are an important part of life in British Columbia. Whether it is the new Port Mann Bridge or any other crossing of our many rivers, bridges are a part of our lives. In... Read More
May 4, 2016
| Lee Dyck
How does the body of Christ maintain her mental health? We often think about the church as the body of Christ functioning like a human body. In I Corinthians 12, we consider what... Read More
May 4, 2016
| Phil Wagler
I haven’t been to the dump before. The route is unfamiliar. My father-in-law and I drive east, now on the outskirts of Regina, and eventually pass the oil refinery, a mammoth mess... Read More
May 4, 2016
| Katie Doke Sawatzky
Two articles in this issue point to a shift in our Anabaptist/Mennonite thinking about both our mission in international witness and our place in the government arena. “Toss aside... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
My exhibit of paintings, Along the Road to Freedom, remembers and honours the journeys of Russian Mennonite women who led their families to freedom in Canada, mostly in the 1920s... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Ray Dirks
Recently the Listening Church video (listeningchurch.ca) was released, in which lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) people speak of their experiences in Mennonite... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Melissa Miller
There was an interesting scene on a recent courtroom drama in which a dying, wealthy woman had taken the time to place sticky notes on precious items around her home to indicate... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Peter Dryden
In my experience, Mennonites live by the adages “Actions speak louder than words” and “Faith without works is dead.” One of the things that drew me to Anabaptism was its emphasis... Read More
April 20, 2016
| Troy Watson
“Those of us who discovered Anabaptism experienced this encounter, as I did, as a homecoming,” wrote Stuart Murray in his now-famous book in our circles, The Naked Anabaptist (... Read More
April 6, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
It is said that change is inevitable. As true as that might be, it doesn’t have to leave us powerless, for we always have a choice of how we decide to respond to it. In the four... Read More
April 6, 2016
| Ernie Engbrecht
In 2015, for the first time in nearly two centuries of publication, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary chose a suffix as its word of the year. That word was “ism.” To name its winner,... Read More
April 6, 2016
| Phil Wagler
Perhaps the more pointed question should be: Do our readers and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada want us to survive? At the risk of this editorial sounding self-serving... Read More
March 23, 2016
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
One of the things I most admire about Scripture is the space it creates for the undominant voice, specifically the strange and suspect voice. For sure, the text is far from... Read More
March 23, 2016
| Steve Heinrichs

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