Nothing, in my mind, can be healthier for a youth group than a church that cares about them and wants to know them. The first part is the easier one. Most churches care about... Read More
September 16, 2011 | Terrell and Janna Wiebe
I bought 2666 by Roberto Bolano in the discount bin at McNally Robinson based almost solely on the cover. I read the inside jacket to be sure that this was something I wanted to... Read More
September 11, 2011 | Adam Klassen
This is a good year to be a Bible collector. The New International Version has been updated re-released and the Contemporary English Bible will soon be available as well. For... Read More
September 6, 2011 | Will Loewen
If you’re reading this blog, the chances are pretty good that you or someone you know attended Canadian Mennonite University or another Mennonite post-secondary institution. My... Read More
September 6, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen
In August I took a train trip from Manitoba to B.C. Here are some of my thoughts during and about that trip. I ride the rails of my grandfather and a generation of the unemployed... Read More
September 5, 2011 | Adam Klassen
Early last week, NDP leader Jack Layton passed away after a courageous battle against cancer. We were in Ontario, visiting my in laws, and after brunch on the deck my father-in-... Read More
September 1, 2011 | Terrell and Janna Wiebe
Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend a graduate student conference at Conrad Grebel College, hosted by the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (the “Mennonite club” of... Read More
August 30, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen
El Shaddai repeats an older command to fill the earth, to spread out. But it’s like the humans have no ears – again they come together in direct obedience to El Shaddai’s command... Read More
August 29, 2011 | Paul Loewen
My life is about to change in what I hope is a drastic way. I am about to move into a house with five other people. This in and of itself is not a new thing in my life, as I have... Read More
August 25, 2011 | Adam Klassen
What would you say if I told you that beauty is a peace issue? It seems bizarre, I know, but I’ll try to explain how I got to this point. If one reflects on the extremes to which... Read More
August 22, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen
It has been a few weeks since twenty of our church’s youth and young adults headed three hours north to a place called Matheson Island, but the memories are still fresh in my mind... Read More
August 12, 2011 | Terrell and Janna Wiebe
In her 1975 book, New Woman/New Earth , theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether wrote, “The ecological factor will be built into consumer products in some trivial way and then sold... Read More
August 12, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen
What’s Behind the Label? Food. It’s what sustains us, nurtures us, and gives us life. It gives us strength, energy, and for some, the will to live another day. But where does this... Read More
August 4, 2011 | Jessica Buhler
*Note: The majority of this is an excerpt from a sermon I preached at Hillside Community Church in Morden, MB on the Sunday of July 31, 2011, though the end is different... Read More
August 1, 2011 | Adam Klassen
From my perch in the cement gazebo in Nazinga, the early morning sun shines on my face. I crunch my granola and sip my Lipton tea happily, waiting patiently for the arrival of the... Read More
July 29, 2011 | Jessica Buhler
I have been thinking about this for a long time, and the recent terrorist attack in Norway and militia banning the WFP in Somalia has finally pushed me over the edge. It’s time to... Read More
July 29, 2011 | Terrell and Janna Wiebe
There were two days last May when the same baby made the cover of my local newspaper, The Toronto Star (May 21st and 25th, 2011). The story was a provocative one which has since... Read More
July 23, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen
Part 2... The story progresses.Read More
July 23, 2011 | Paul Loewen
"By embracing what they had most wanted to avoid they gained what their hearts yearned for" - Yearning for Home The title captured my attention first. Wandering through the stacks... Read More
July 21, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
I am fairly certain we were not supposed to see it, and I am even less sure I'm supposed to talk about it. But I feel it is a story that needs to be shared, so share it I will. In... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Adam Klassen
Part 1 There are three requirements for “heaven,” or “perfection,” as we understand it: God’s people, in God’s place, underRead More
July 17, 2011 | Paul Loewen
As a point of clarification I wrote this post before I realized that fellow CM blogger Paul Loewen is the son of Arvid Loewen (see below post ). So I welcome any clarifications... Read More
July 15, 2011 | David Driedger
“What we need is a sign, people don’t even know we exist.” That was a sentiment stressed by several of our church members at a recent visioning meeting. Our church is going... Read More
July 15, 2011 | Terrell and Janna Wiebe
Biking 20 out of every 24 hours, sleeping only 2 hours. What does it take to get across the country in record time? My dad's an ultra-marathon cyclist. In this sport, everything... Read More
July 11, 2011 | Paul Loewen
As we all know, technology has become increasingly common in our everyday lives: many of us spend many hours a day in front of a computer, or carry a phone or other device... Read More
July 8, 2011 | Susie Guenther Loewen