Opinion

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
Speaker sets the record straight on the Ziffernsystem Re: “Singing by the numbers,” May 22, page 32. It was good to see a report on my participation in the annual meeting of the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints |
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 | By 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 | By Ryan Jantzi
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 | By Barb Draper
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
The Voth family in the Steinbach, Manitoba, area on the farm with tractor and binder in the 1940s. August is a busy harvesting time for farmers and gardeners with eyes on the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
“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 | By 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
In April 2017, more than 1,600 Palestinian political prisoners went on a hunger strike. As I write this article, strikers have refused food and have been drinking only salt water... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Rachelle Friesen
Random thoughts from a reader As I was reading “Be a CO at tax time,” April 10, page 4, I was a little confused. Is Mary Groh encouraging breaking the law in not paying taxes? I... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints |
In many busy Canadian families, parents and siblings interrupt each other in mid-conversation. We want to get our point across quickly and efficiently. We want to get stuff done... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
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
My father is a very innovative man. Thirty-three years ago, he started a silo repair business. One of the reasons he is a successful entrepreneur is that he finds solutions to his... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Wendy Helgerman
The Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church in Rabbit Lake, Sask., 1938. In 1941, 87 percent of Mennonites were rural dwellers. By 1971, the number crashed to 53 percent and has... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
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
Millennials, born between 1981 and 2001, are known to be the first generation contending with technology and social media in our personal, professional and relational lives from... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Editorial |
What does—and doesn’t—define us Sometimes I think most of our Mennonite lay people, like myself, don’t realize how serious the Future Directions endeavour is that is going on... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints |
“We aren’t going to lose youth because we haven’t entertained them. We’ll lose them because we haven’t trusted or challenged them.” I heard this quote from Shane Claiborne at a... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Liz Weber
An idea mixed with passion and solid financial support were the ingredients that combined for a great accomplishment. In 1977 and ’78, young Bill Reimer from Winnipeg set out with... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
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
Hearing each other well is essential for being church. This is a delicate theme, because we aren’t doing it well. The effects of distance—both geographical and theological—are... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Viewpoints | Jonas Cornelsen
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
Alberta is an example to us all Re: “ A season of change and a search for vitality ,” April 10, page 16. I would like to commend Mennonite Church Alberta, the Calgary Chinese and... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints |

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