Ted Schwartz gave a workshop about the spirit in the performing arts. Despite the sleepy time-slot, immediately after lunch, soon everyone in the audience had forgotten their... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Cheryl Woelk
If you're reading this article on this page, then you are probably far too pious to put five dollars into a pot and fill out an NCAA March Madness bracket. I play so cautiously... Read More
March 25, 2011 | Will Loewen
This year I made a resolution to work through all of Kierkegaard’s writings . I am now about halfway through his Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses and have come across his... Read More
March 17, 2011 | David Driedger
Every year around this time, a lot of Mennonites across Canada do something very un-Mennonite, they give something up for Lent. The idea behind the modern Lenten fast, where... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Will Loewen
I touched on it last week - stories shape who we are. What do I mean by this? Nowhere do I find it more prevalent than in teenage society today. It used to be that pride was a... Read More
March 10, 2011 | Paul Loewen
Sometimes I think we don't give stories enough credit. I, for one, love stories. But by the time the public education system has had its way, people lose their imagination. And... Read More
March 4, 2011 | Paul Loewen
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