Features

Sikander Hashmi

“Do not kill yourselves: for verily God is to you most merciful” (Qur’an 4:29). It is commonly understood that when we were born, we had no choice but to become a citizen of this... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Sikander Hashmi

Atish Maniar

Hinduism is based on nonviolence. Suicide—killing oneself—is an act of violence. Killing another person is also wrong. In Hindu scriptures, nowhere is it mentioned that one can... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Atish Maniar

Alan Green

To begin with, Judaism teaches that our lives belong to God. We are mere stewards of the body which the Creator has given us. As Jews, we also believe that we are commanded to... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Alan Green

Fredrich Ulrich

Buddhism as an organized religion began some 2,600 years ago. The advanced technology we have today was unimaginable in those distant eras. We are thus faced with the problem of... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Fredrich Ulrich
1. John Longhurst refers to a recent poll indicating that 70 percent of Canadians support physician-assisted suicide and 68 percent believe that those who help a seriously ill... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Lawyers with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), of which Mennonite Church Canada is a member, have joined lawyers from across the country in signing a declaration that... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Feature | Evangelical Christian Fellowship
A mayor in Texas made headlines this past December when he proclaimed 2014 as “the Year of the Bible.” “Throughout the history of the United States, one of the most important... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Feature | Aaron Epp
1. What biblical movies have you seen? Will you watch the upcoming releases mentioned by Aaron Epp? Do you think Hollywood movies are an effective way to learn stories from the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
When I first read this passage in Luke’s gospel, in preparation for preaching on it, I thought, “Oh, this is just too easy.” Unlike some stories which leave you scratching your... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Feature | By Anita Fast
1. In what situations have you prayed for justice or deliverance? Have you ever begun to doubt that you were praying hard enough, or even to doubt the existence of God? How do you... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
Table fellowship is seen by some as a primal expression of hospitality, with the offer of food an opening of hand and heart to another. Table fellowship is seen by others as a... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Feature | By John D. Rempel
The good news is that God came to us in Jesus Christ to reconcile us to himself and to invite us into his kingdom. The news of what God has done—and is doing—for us in Christ is... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Feature | By Palmer Becker
1. Does your congregation view the Lord’s Supper as an open table for all, or as a more restricted covenantal meal? Has this view changed over time? Do you feel comfortable... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Feature | By Barb Draper
1. In what setting have you heard someone “sound the Scripture,” telling a Bible story without reading it? How is re-telling a story different from reading it or repeating it from... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

Biblical storyteller John Epp

 

Managing editor Ross W. Muir was introduced to biblical storytelling when John Epp, a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Canada and Toronto United Mennonite Church,... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Feature |
1. Do your Christian values make you feel like a resident alien in Canada? How strong are your ties of loyalty to Canada? How strong is your allegiance to your local community or... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
In Philippians 2:25-30, the Apostle Paul advises the violently besieged Christian community in Philippi to grant special “honours” to a “fellow-soldier” who has “risked his life”... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Gordon Zerbe
In the first 300 years of the Christian church, before church and state became fused, preachers and leaders regularly used the language of “citizenship” to describe the Christian... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Feature | By Gordon Zerbe

Ray Friesen suggests, ‘If we can imagine a nativity scene in first-century Palestine (pictured), we can possibly imagine it in our 21st-century world.’

In Charles Dickens' well-known story, A Christmas Carol, anyone who dares enter the inner sanctum of Ebenezer Scrooge's office with so much as a suggestion of Christmas is greeted... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Feature | By Ray Friesen
1. Do you know anyone with a “Bah! Humbug! ” attitude towards Christmas? What makes you want to say “Bah! Humbug! ”? Where do you draw the line on sentimentalism? What does it... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper
1. Dave Rogalsky says that “blood songs” are about atonement. What “blood songs” can you think of? What do these songs say about the death or blood of Christ? What questions do... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky and Barb Draper
Atonement, Justice and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church by Darrin Snyder Belousek . Eerdmans , 2012. Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | Compiled by Dave Rogalsky
Christus Victor/Ransom When humanity sinned in Genesis 3, they fell under the control of Satan. Due to personal sin, no human being was able to pay the ransom to free humanity, so... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

A statue of the Good Shepherd at the St. Callisto Catacombs, Rome. In the early centuries, Jesus was much more likely to be portrayed as the Good Shepherd than as a crucified Messiah.

In the 1990s, when the Mennonite church in Ontario was deciding whether to add Hymnal: A Worship Book to its pews, a dear (now departed) saint approached me, saying, “I hear that... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. During the Second World War, what happened when young men in your family or community were called up for military service? What are the stories of your congregation dealing... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Feature | By Barb Draper

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