I recently had a conversation with an atheist that did not fit the narrow conception I had of how that should have gone. It was a helpful and constructive experience. In any event... Read More
March 4, 2011 | David Driedger
Recently we had a whole weekend of hockey here in Calgary. I attended three of the four games. An AHL game indoors on Friday, a game with NHL alumni outdoors on Saturday afternoon... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Will Loewen
Special Training with Nate Yoder consisted of a fascinating walk through a history of Mennonites in the U.S. and their relationship with Pentecostalism. It explained a lot. For... Read More
February 28, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
I have always been a little uneasy with Jesus’ parable of ‘planning’ (Luke 14:28-31). Jesus asks whether the people would not plan ahead of time to make sure they had sufficient... Read More
February 26, 2011 | David Driedger
I have never been so excited to get a pair of shoes. Let me tell you, I'm not the kind of person to care about clothing. To me, clothing is always functional. But I gotta tell you... Read More
February 23, 2011 | Paul Loewen
The chapel was filled with faces, many of them known to each other, younger, older, in between, all excitedRead More
February 21, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
Three times in one day, I was reminded of the need to listen. Worship in the morning focused on listening for God's voice, trying to calm our own voices and chattering to hear... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
Yesterday I swung by the University of Winnipeg to pick up a book. On my way back to the car I noticed a flash of colour standing out against the dirty white snow on the curb... Read More
February 9, 2011 | David Driedger
In grade 7 I met a particularly tall kid whose nickname was 'Moose.' One day I asked one of the guys that went to the same junior elementary school as him when this nickname came... Read More
February 7, 2011 | Will Loewen
I can't tell you much about the experience. I signed a paper swearing me to secrecy, and allowing them to use anything I said. Maybe it's one of the most top secret organizations... Read More
February 7, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
This past Sunday I preached on Ephesians 4:4-16. I wanted to draw attention to two themes in the book. First is the abundance of language about abundance. Believers are filled... Read More
February 1, 2011 | David Driedger
To start off the school year, I decided to make the first week a personal prayer week. Although I usually prefer this kind of commitment together with others, like Will's efforts... Read More
January 31, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
In the book Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life , Henri Nouwen, with co-authors Donald P. McNeill and Douglas A. Morrison, describe the current society's obsession with... Read More
January 26, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
I suppose I need to apologize for my relatively long absence from blogging. Things have been busy around the Loewen household. Last Monday we welcomed Jaden Timothy into our... Read More
January 24, 2011 | Paul Loewen
After a refreshing and relaxing Christmas holiday in Canada, my spouse and I have returned to Harrisonburg, VA to continue our studies at Eastern Mennonite University. While going... Read More
January 17, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
I am detecting a consistent trend in my preaching. I am targeting the individual . This comes in part from my own experience and formation in existentialism but also in my... Read More
January 12, 2011 | David Driedger
Reflecting on international students and culture the other day, a colleague commented on how a group of students who had been struggling in classes refused to blame anyone for... Read More
January 10, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
Top 5 Books of 2010 Worthy of Mention: Faith Begins at Home - Mark Holmen Blood of Heaven - Bill Myers 5. Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom I have always enjoyed Mitch Albom's... Read More
January 4, 2011 | Paul Loewen
Last summer, we were camping at Crabtree Falls in North Carolina. It was a new experience for us. We'd been through the state before, but had never spent a night and had never... Read More
January 4, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
I remember the first time I heard of the idea of reading the Bible all the way through. It seemed weird that this book I had only read verses or short stories from could be read... Read More
December 30, 2010 | Will Loewen
Recently, I've been asked a lot of questions about "things" in Korea. It's hard to know what to think about the recent violence on the peninsula from the English and Korean media... Read More
December 27, 2010 | Cheryl Woelk
I have never gone shopping on Boxing Day. I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps in some families it is tradition. In mine it wasn't, and I never showed any interested myself. Last... Read More
December 27, 2010 | Paul Loewen
So as the end of the year approaches it seems that I will successfully live out my promise not to eat at McDonald's this year. The odds were against me from the very beginning... Read More
December 21, 2010 | Will Loewen
Ronald E. Osborn. Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith Violence, and Theodicy (Cascade Books, 2010). Osborn’s short collection of essays is one of the more eclectic... Read More
December 17, 2010 | David Driedger
Throughout the history of email there have always been people who think every funny thing they read should immediately be forwarded on to their friends. While this habit can... Read More
December 14, 2010 | Will Loewen