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I’ve written before about not driving to church and what this might mean for how we worship: planning a longer bike ride or walk each Sunday morning, trying out the church in our... Read More
January 13, 2016
| Katie Doke Sawatzky
Climate is back on the global agenda, but still not squarely on the Mennonite agenda. Following a period of major global attention that peaked around 2007—with heads of state,... Read More
January 13, 2016
| Will Braun, Senior writer
About a week after New Year’s Day 2014, my friend Keith asked me what resolutions I’d made. Keith is an insightful, non-conformist “Red Letter Christian” in his mid twenties. I... Read More
December 30, 2015
| Troy Watson
The year was 587 BC. Our spiritual ancestors, the Israelites, were deported to Babylon, where they felt like refugees in a foreign land. Their place of worship, the temple, had... Read More
December 23, 2015
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
Interviewing guests for more than 100 episodes of Mennonite Church Canada’s radio podcast, Church Matters , has blessed me with the opportunity to learn and grow from the stories... Read More
December 23, 2015
| Dan Dyck
“It takes a village to raise a child,” we’ve often heard. Does it also take a village to grow old? I wondered after a phone call with a friend who is a generation older than me... Read More
December 23, 2015
| Melissa Miller
Most of us are not very good at receiving compliments. A friend had just delivered a fine sermon, so I gave him a heartfelt compliment. His deflective, “humble” response was to... Read More
December 23, 2015
| Arnie Friesen
Sexual misconduct cases by our pastors are difficult to process. These stories, numbering three in the last two years in congregations across Canada, are even harder to report in... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
It may sound a little odd, but I really like my mechanic. I like him because I am very inadequate in my mechanical knowledge and I am grateful for anyone who can provide expertise... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Rick Neufeld
“We’re at war.” These were the words of French President Francois Hollande after the Paris attacks. This Friday the 13th will be remembered like 9/11. Is war the new reality? Or... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Phil Wagler
“A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and can not... Read More
December 9, 2015
| Joseph M.Wuol
Every year at Remembrance Day and Peace Sunday, Canadian Mennonites are torn between honouring those who lost their lives through war and entering into a ritual that celebrates... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
“Lord, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I need to be, I am not what I am going to be, but, thank God Almighty, I am not what I used to be.” --Prayer from an African... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Roberson Mbayamvula
December 24. Late morning. I am in the kitchen, making a pot of soup, savouring its scents and colours. Lovely Christmas music pours from the radio. I’m hoping this domestic... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Melissa Miller
Some time ago, during a morning walk, I found a wallet a few blocks from my house. I looked around, hoping the owner might still be close by, but there was no one. Just me. A peek... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Darren Pries-Klassen
The weeks leading up to Christmas brought an overwhelming spirit of anticipation to our household when I was growing up. In fact, the intensity of waiting to open our gifts on... Read More
November 18, 2015
| Troy Watson
The year was 1963. D.W. Friesen and Sons of Altona, Man., publishers of 10-year-old The Canadian Mennonite were struggling to keep the first English-language, inter-Mennonite... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
How do questions bring you closer to God? The Bible includes several hundred instances where Jesus poses a question to an individual, a small group of followers or a large crowd... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Matthew Bailey-Dick
One of the greatest days of Jesus’ ministry was marked by one of his greatest laments. He rides toward Jerusalem amid a worshipping throng waving palm branches and declaring... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Phil Wagler
My memories of the church I grew up in are good ones. I liked seeing my friends in Sunday school every week and enjoyed singing in the grown-up service. The Halloween game nights... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Katie Doke Sawatzky
During my first year as a member of the Women of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (WMCEC) executive, I was fortunate to be invited to an information session about the possibility... Read More
November 4, 2015
| Linda Wiens
Next to the Toronto Blue Jays, nothing more has gotten our attention as Anabaptist Mennonites than the greatest refugee crisis in the modern age, with more than 50 million... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Dick Benner, Editor/Publisher
Early in the Syrian refugee crisis, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) asked me to be part of a delegation meeting with Chris Alexander, minister of immigration. We... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Willard Metzger
The mourners gathered for what turned out to be an exceptionally beautiful service for an exceptionally beautiful saint. The family tributes shone with love and tenderness. The... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Melissa Miller
This past summer I had my own Diderot Effect moment. The term comes from Grant McCracken, an anthropologist who has studied patterns of consumption. He coined it from an essay... Read More
October 21, 2015
| Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

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