Opinion

I’ve had a number of conversations recently where the topic of truth has come up. Without exception, someone inevitably says, “There is no truth with a capital T. You have your... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
This is a photo of Mennonite writer Katie Funk Wiebe and her family driving to church circa 1940. Katie’s father, Jacob J. Funk, took the picture in front of Eigenheim Mennonite... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Viewpoints | Jon Isaak
“We know that the North American context and culture, and Christianity within it, is in the midst of immense change. Conversations with and feedback from hundreds of our... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Are dreams and visions welcome in the Mennonite church? Re: “ Retreat sparks women’s spiritual gifts ,” Nov. 23, 2015, page 17. I saw the advertisements for the Mennonite women’s... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints |
When I was a kid, I took great pride in taking the dimes that I earned from my paper route and placing them in the dime cards that we received from our denominational mission... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | David Martin
Just before midnight on Dec. 29, with our little ones nestled snug in their beds, the earth shook. While earthquakes happen all the time—there were more than 40 in Canada in the... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
The illustration in the children’s story book showed a wagon with three flower pots. My three-year old grandson counted four. I asked him to count them again. “I don’t need to,... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Naomi Unger
Do you enjoy the TV show Star Trek ? If so, thank Allan Kroeker, who directed 39 episodes between 1996 and 2005. Kroeker continues to direct and this year is working on two... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Lolita fashion article ‘marks a significant shift’ in church discussions Re: “Solace in a subculture,” Nov. 9, 2015, page 28. I want to express appreciation for Katrina Brooks’s... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints |
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | Arnie Friesen
Second World War conscientious objectors (COs) were often sent to provincial parks for manual labour, as part of their alternative service assignments. This photo, taken between... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Korey Dyck
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 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Demographics play a big role in the future of MCC Re: “ The future of MCC ,” Aug. 31, page 11. I appreciated Will Braun’s attempt to ask this question. Mennonite Central Committee... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Viewpoints |
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Leis family ‘victimized by tragedy Re: “ Editors ‘lack . . . understanding on issues of clergy sexual abuse’ ” and “ Readers disappointed in handling of the Vernon Leis matter ”... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Viewpoints |
“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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Editorial | Dick Benner
MC Eastern Canada ‘did what was proper and called for’ Re: “ Seeking redemption and peace ” guest editorial by Joyce Gladwell, Sept. 28, page 2. I am disappointed that you would... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Viewpoints |
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | Linda Wiens
This photo is of a men’s quartet singing for a radio broadcast in a Vancouver Mennonite church basement circa the 1960s. Advances in mass communication such as radio were first... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
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 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Is it really time for a vote . . . or should we keep talking? Re: “ It’s time for a vote ,” March 30, page 14,” and “ A historic moment ,” Aug. 17, page 2. Russel Snyder-Penner... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Viewpoints |
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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | 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 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
I came across an article about the epic journey of sugar from a sugarcane field on the Hawaiian island of Maui to a nearby coffee shop down the road. It claimed the sugar... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Predictably, CBC jumped on the story of presumed Bible Belt intolerance. The members of our smallish Southern Manitoba credit union voted down a merger with a larger Winnipeg-... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Radio host Esther Horch interviews school children live on a Saturday morning broadcast of Children’s Party in 1958. This education and entertainment show for children aired daily... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Some days I would like to just unplug my computer, walk out into the sunshine and warmth of an autumn day, breathe in the clear air and pretend I was living in a time before the... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Relationships in an age of ‘impacts and outcomes’ Re: “ The future of MCC ,” Aug. 31, page 11. Certainly relationship has been at the core of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events, there has been limited movement and engagement for local churches with regard to first nation relationship development. Many... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Viewpoints | Brander Raven McDonald
A number of weeks ago I boarded a plane in Toronto for Istanbul. It’s a long flight—more than nine hours—and I secretly hoped that the seat beside me would remain empty so I could... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I was born in Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre). My parents were polygamous so I didn’t have a great family structure. I grew up Roman Catholic and then, at... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Viewpoints | Noah Ishaka
Canadian Mennonite received a copy of a letter sent to David Martin, executive minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, as a response to its releasing the story on the alleged... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Editorial | Joyce Gladwell
Mennonite museum can help redress grievous wrongs of the past I crisscross Sumas Prairie (central Fraser Valley) on my daily school bus run and marvel at the lush agricultural... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Mennonite Church Canada’s history of engaging our global neighbours in mission and international church relations began more than 100 years ago. Since that time, the worldwide... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
Tribes are good (essential, I said in my last column ). And yet there is danger when tribal extremes become virulent tribalism. Such tribalism takes what is good and life-giving... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7). My two-year-old... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Daniel Lichty
During our 13 years in Niagara, my wife and I grew to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the winemaking process. Wine is fascinating to me. So is its intimate connection with... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“I am 86 years old now and I am confused.” The e-mail came from a Canadian Mennonite reader who was referring to references in this magazine to myth and metaphor in the Bible. The... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Mennonite Central Committee nurse Katherine Dyck poses with mothers and twins in Pusan, Korea, in 1956. Born in Russia in 1925, she immigrated to Rosthern, Sask., and worked as a... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Laureen Harder-Gissing
It’s been 14 years since Canadian Mennonite conducted an independent readership survey. In the next edition (Sept. 28), print and digital readers will find a list of questions... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
MWC should celebrate mission conference in 2027 The 2015 Mennonite World Conference assembly was indeed a significant event for our movement. In response to the question posed in... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints |
“There are no atheists in foxholes.” So goes the maxim with roots in the Second World War. Caught in a pinch, surrounded by stress and fear, most human beings turn to some higher... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
My family and I moved from Vancouver to Regina in July and are slowly searching for a faith community. So far we’ve attended two churches close to where we live, and with which we... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Missionary to the city of Winnipeg, Anna Thiessen, is seated with some girls she worked with in 1919. Rural life has been an important part of Mennonite life and self-... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints | Conrad Stoesz
I can hardly find words to describe the experience of worshipping, singing, eating and fellowshipping with about 7,500 others at Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly, held in... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints | Liz Koop
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has long been part of the DNA of the North American Anabaptist church, linking us to the world and providing a sense of relation to “the least of... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Chris Brnjas, a young pastor from Ontario and a delegate to the Global Youth Summit held prior to Mennonite World Conference assembly last month, came back with a reminder that we... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Mennonites should denounce Canadian arms sales Peter McKenna, chair of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island, questions the Canadian arms deal with Saudi... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Life is never static. As I transition from eleven years of leadership with Mennonite Church Canada into a season of semi-retirement and new opportunities, I’m struck by the... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Viewpoints | Dave Bergen
On a recent visit to extended family, I greeted my nephew’s wife Emily and their year-old son Kenneth. She immediately thrust her child out to me, introducing him to his “auntie... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Hollywood loves a good surprise ending. My wife and I experienced that first-hand when we recently watched the Nicholas Sparks film, The Longest Ride . It is a romance with... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Viewpoints | Peter Dryden
There seems to be a growing interest in the “slow church” movement as an alternative to “fast food church.” What is fast food church? Sociologist George Ritzer in his book The... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The irony couldn’t have been more self-evident. Here were 7,500 modern-day Anabaptists celebrating the beliefs and convictions that hold them together in 65 countries around the... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
TRC not a road map forward Re: “ What do we take away from the TRC ?” editorial, June 22, page 2. What do we take from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Not... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Viewpoints |
As the new moderator of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, I am dealing with feelings of anticipation, apprehension, excitement and a little fear. As with the other area churches, we... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
In the last couple decades, most churches caught the mission statement bug. To revisit, renew, or finally wrestle with a reason for being is crucial for any organism. As human... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’m not exactly a new Canadian as I arrived in Vancouver back in 1989, leaving behind my hometown of Dadwan, Punjab, India. My grandparents were traditional Hindu and Sikh, but my... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Viewpoints | Charanjit Kumar
The sky was a deep blue, the sun shining brightly as we gathered in the Zion Memorial Gardens to bury the ashes of a beloved family friend, my brother-in-law Frank R. Keller, in... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Thanks to those who attended TRC report in Ottawa I would publicly like to thank and acknowledge the presence of Mennonite Church Canada personnel and other Mennonite workers who... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints |
“All through the long winter I dream of my garden. On the first warm day of Spring I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy and my spirits soar.” ~Helen... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Laura Loewen
So Jesus was striding down the street one day when a kid in front of him turned around and asked for a bus ticket. Jesus had noticed the boy—a skinny teenager wearing a too-big T-... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints |
“Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’” (... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
The fragrance of old books mingled with stale pipe tobacco washed over me like finely aged wisdom, fermented from years of deep contemplation. Every wall of the late history... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
In the year 2000, world leaders set themselves a deadline for dramatically decreasing global poverty. That deadline was 2015. The global betterment plan was contained in the... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
I have had a recurring dream that began after a trip to Italy. During my time there I visited at least 50 churches and was struck with the fact that many claimed to be the home of... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
A modern-day wannabe prophet calling himself a “marginal Mennonite” audaciously predicts that this year’s Mennonite World Conference gathering will see a “mass exodus” from that... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
If Christ is not the head, the church suffers dementia My wife has Alzheimer’s disease and is presently in long-term care. While visiting her I have observed other residents... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints |
On our deck there sits a small pot. It has been sitting in much the same spot for over a year. My youngest son is a budding gardener, and in the pot that sits on that spot, he... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
In a couple weeks, my family and I will move to my hometown, Regina, where I’ll start school next fall. Maybe it’s because I’m in a time of transition in my personal life—books... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
It’s been 25 years since the military faced off against Mohawk Warriors in the pine forest between the village of Oka and the community of Kanehsatake, 53 kilometres west of... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
In the summer of 1990 the Canadian military faced off against Mohawk Warriors between the village of Oka and the community of Kanehsatake, 53 kilometres west of Montreal, Que... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
What do Martha Stewart and Yvonne Johnson have in common? They both spent time in prison. Stewart, wealthy and famous, served five months for manipulating stocks, while Johnson... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Viewpoints | By Kate Janzen
The ripples from the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing and report held in Ottawa early this month after five years of hearings across Canada are far-reaching and... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Integrity doesn’t hinge on the name ‘Mennonite’ Re: “ ‘Mennonite’ name should stay ” letter, March 30, page 10. My friend Albert Isaac used the former Niagara Credit Union as an... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints |
’Tis the season of graduations. Society recognizes graduation as an important transition in the lives of young people and so we ritualize the event with special ceremonies. At a... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints | Dan Epp-Tiessen
Looking out the café window on a warm spring day, I watched as a short, rotund man pulled off his shirt and bared his quite large tummy to the friendly rays of the sun. “There’s a... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints |
A will is your last communication with your family. Many of us are uncomfortable planning for our death, but the chaos, confusion and potential for conflict in families where... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
The brilliant Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “The world is in truth a holy place.” He was echoing the words of the prophet Isaiah who wrote, “the whole earth is... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
It was a huge painting. At least 3 x 3 metres. It was part of a show in the Dominican church of San Domingo, built over and incorporating Qurikancha, a central Inca complex in... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Viewpoints | Dave Rogalsky
As of the end of 2015, the Mennonite Brethren Herald , the 54-year-old periodical of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, will cease to exist. This untimely... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘What a blessing’ the Bible is Re: “ Bible reading meant less Canadian Mennonite reading ” letter, March 30, page 13. The Bible cannot be read like any other book. The truths of... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Viewpoints |
How to plant a church is not a big mystery. Any good Mennonite gardener knew how to take a clump of bulbs from her front garden, split them up and transplant them into the bed at... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Viewpoints | David Martin
I’m in a beautiful and sorrowful place. My travels have brought me to a stunning seaside within a country that significantly restricts the proclamation of Jesus as Messiah and... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I am, and always have been, a “doer,” and my late husband was the same. If people needed help, we found a way to help them. If something was broken, we found a way to fix it. I... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Viewpoints | Maciel Hernandez
History of Niagara Township Credit Union clarified by a founder’s son Re: “‘ Mennonite’ name should stay ” letter, March 30, page 10. Albert Isaac’s comments about the Niagara... Read More
May 21, 2015 | Viewpoints |
The Anabaptist/Mennonite worldwide communion has come a long way since the first Mennonite World Conference some 90 years ago. Organized by Christian Neff, a German Mennonite... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
When I was called to serve on the Mennonite Church Canada General Board in 2006, church participation and financial giving were in slow decline. The looming threat of cutbacks... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Viewpoints | Hilda Hildebrand
“There’s a gift for you in my office,” my husband announced cheerily. “What?!?” I exclaimed, puzzled at such a development. He repeated the news and added, “It’s a dress to wear... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Viewpoints |
On a sunny lunch break while attending high school, I went for my customary walk into town. A classmate drove up in his shiny two-door coupe and offered a ride. Because he had... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Viewpoints | Arnie Friesen
One minute César García is talking with awe about a postmodern work of art in a thriving Amsterdam Mennonite church, and the next he’s speaking with similar awe about a Mennonite... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
One of my atheist friends told me about a unique encounter with a “holy” man that ignited her spiritual awakening. She met a Buddhist monk visiting the city she lived in, and her... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
That’s right—the mere cost of a cappuccino at Starbucks by 33 of your friends every day for three months provides relief for 1,000 refugees or some 200 families in war-torn Syria... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Polarizing sexual debate distresses reader I am distressed by the polarizing debate on sexuality in Mennonite Church Canada congregations. I wonder if adequate consideration is... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Viewpoints |
I have been caught by the need for justice in our world of late. I am on the e-mail list of Rabbis for Human Rights who are actively standing up for justice for all people who are... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
My beautiful wife and I had the pleasure recently of leading a couple’s retreat on an island just off British Columbia’s mainland. It was a glorious weekend—sans kids for us—with... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
My family and I often walk through the old-growth forests that surround the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus and then down to the waters of English Bay. There is lots... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
It was a “burning bush moment” that got Marian Hooge Jones of Rosthern (Sask.) Mennonite Church started on her lengthy involvement with the sponsorship of refugee families from... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Viewpoints | Naomi Unger
“Discernment” has been a much-used word and concept in interpreting the Bible over the past number of years. Mainly we have defined it as a working tool to determine what God in... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Bible’s answers were ‘cut and dried’? While I haven’t got any answers, I have been reading with interest the articles and letters about sexuality issues... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Viewpoints |
“Yep, I have to get an annual membership.” That customer comment reflects growing excitement over CommonWord, the new resource venture of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Arlyn Friesen Epp
On a lovely summer day while walking down the street, a young woman approached me and politely asked if she could show me a magic trick. Given a host of cues, I assumed she would... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Viewpoints |
An early sign of spring in southern Ontario is seeing sports teams move their practices outside. The sight of children and youth in colourful uniforms on the soccer pitch is a... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Marlow Gingerich
One of the many fascinating events to occur in the Book of Exodus is God “leaving” the mountain of God (Mount Sinai) to travel with the Hebrews to the Promised Land in a portable... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Some significant changes are occurring at Canadian Mennonite . First, we are bidding farewell to one of our expert regional correspondents, Evelyn Rempel Petkau, after 18 years of... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Bible contains the word of God but isn’t the Word of God Re: “ Bible written without an understanding of genetics ” letter, March 2, page 14. Finally, we have someone pointing out... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Viewpoints |
I was on my Monday morning transit commute sitting near a group of people who loudly reminisced about their weekend exploits. Without embarrassment they relived what could be... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
My wife and I arrived in Vancouver in 1994 with our two sons, aged 9 and 12. I had been an air traffic controller, then law enforcement officer in Hong Kong. As a landed immigrant... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Viewpoints | Richard Chan
A little girl stood on the snowy steps of Alberta’s Legislature in Edmonton, holding a sign that declares, “ISIS is not Islam,” during a rally by members of the local Muslim... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Viewpoints | Valerie Proudfoot
Disturbing and perplexing is the only way to describe the cut in federal funding for a proven program of ex-prisoner rehabilitation called Circles of Support and Accountability (... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘Well-worn clichés’ can hide the truth Re: “ A father’s struggle with his gay son ,” March 2, page 29. The well-worn cliché of “God loves the sinner but hates the sin,” just like... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints |
These Easter morning words from Mary (John 20:13b) are prophetic for the church today, a time when we may have lost our bearings in our discipleship-oriented denomination. Peace... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Doug Klassen
My ears perked up at a recent seminar when a leader began to speak about crucial conversations. He defined such conversations as ones whose stakes are high, opinions vary and... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Helping people give money away over the past 15 years has been a tremendously rewarding part of my work at Mennonite Foundation of Canada. Many of these generous people are from... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Russel Snyder-Penner
So what does the Bible say about thin places? Interestingly enough, in our Scriptures the human story begins in a thin place: the Garden of Eden. Regardless of one’s theology, and... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
So how are we doing 490 years later? We who anchor our faith expression in what has come to be called Anabaptism over nearly five centuries now number 1.7 million all over the... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Which spirit drives the gay marriage discussion? Re: “ A biblical and better way ,” and “ It felt like a big deal . . . it was so powerful ,” Jan. 19, pages 4 and 13, respectively... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Most humans really do not like conflict. We often see it as the brokenness of a relationship. Especially as the church, we desire relationship, we desire wholeness. And conflict... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Rianna Isaak
My life is great viewing. Tonight I watched my one-year-old meticulously pick through a small box of knick-knacks looking for something she could treasure. I wanted to interrupt,... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’m in the thick of it. I had my second child earlier this year and life is still in the process of reordering itself. The predictable schedule went out the window and is slowly... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
There is so much to be done. Extra demands at home and at work. More time with the family. Keeping up with an exercise program. Planning the next holiday. Time out with friends... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Elsie Wiebe with Kathy Giesbrecht
“Many members are not happy with the direction and general content of the magazine,” writes a Mennonite pastor, in a solicited follow-up note after one of his members cancelled... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
‘A biblical and better way’ is neither Re: “ A biblical and better way ,” Jan. 19, page 4. I was saddened and disappointed with Ronald J. Sider’s feature article. I have much... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Summer is an exciting time, and one that most of us tend to look forward to. Warm temperatures, long weekends at the lake or on the porch, summer sports, and, for many in the... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
I mostly managed to ignore it the first time it came around. But now when I go to the movies, there are huge, impossible-to-miss posters blaring the news that a film has been made... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Viewpoints |
A number of people glanced over as they passed the elderly woman working in her front lawn. She had finished planting flowers in the garden and was now struggling to plant a... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
I’ve always been intrigued with “thin places” long before I ever heard the term “thin place.” Since childhood, I’ve been curiously drawn to old churches, temples, cathedrals,... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
While personally rejuvenated from my four-month sabbatical, I am saddened to come back to a faith community that seems wounded and immobilized with what one of our interim editors... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Conscience Canada offers ‘peace tax’ alternative to taxpayers Current global events feel overwhelming. Here we are on a globe that seems to be rolling down a mountain, swelling... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Viewpoints |
The Pharisees were Jesus’ nemesis, his constant sparring partners, fellow citizens who conspired eagerly against him. The Pharisees (spit) are the bad guys in the story even as it... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
As I scan the directory of pastors and congregations in our area church, I am inspired and immensely grateful. I know that very fine pastoral leadership is happening. I know that... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Viewpoints | Jerry Buhler
Before things “broke badly” for the actor Bryan Cranston, he was in a great family TV show called Malcolm in the Middle. If you’ve seen it, you will remember the catchy theme song... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Editorial | Henry Krause
When I first started hanging out with Mennonites in the 1990s, I noticed a lot of them talked more about the Sermon on the Mount than the cross. They seemed to have a different... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
This past December I learned that many Catholic churches designate the Sunday following Christmas as “the feast of the Holy Family.” It’s a relatively new designation, officially... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The practice of regularly passing the collection plate in churches has only been around for about 100 years, and thankfully it replaced church revenue streams such as the annual... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
My recent project, a downloadable study booklet called “Come Lord Jesus, be our Host,” inspired me to dig more deeply into the table manners of Jesus. I’m not referring to how he... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Viewpoints | Elsie Rempel
More support for Conscience Canada efforts needed Re: “ Fight, fight, fight the madness of war ” letter, Dec. 15, 2014, page 13. With respect to the madness of war, I agree... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Viewpoints |
Since the 1980s, the Mennonite church has been debating how it should relate to those who are same-sex attracted. It has been a long and difficult debate, and it isn’t over yet... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Editorial | Barb Draper
A few years ago, when I prayed for a greater sense of social responsibility and deeper bonds with fellow Christians, I had no idea God would answer my prayer as creatively as he... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Viewpoints | By Gloria Laurence
If there was one book in 2014 that had me despairing and cursing, but fired up to hope, it was Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything (Knopf Canada). Klein is a journalist-activist... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Whom are you battling? Can you picture them or it? Everyone is at war, some on numerous fronts. “Be kind,” wrote Philo of Alexandria. “Everyone you meet is fighting a great battle... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Twitter informed me this morning that Bethany College in Hepburn, Sask., is closing in 2015 after 87 years of teaching. Ron Toews, director of the Canadian Conference of MB... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Viewpoints | Brent Charette
Mennonites share their faith through their livesRead More
January 14, 2015 | Viewpoints |
The dawn of a new year is always alluring to me because there is so much promise. You say goodbye to the year that was. If the previous year was a good one overall, you hope that... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Editorial | Aaron Epp
I recently came across this sermon illustration differentiating faith and belief. In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar makes a golden idol 30 metres tall and commands everyone to bow... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
The Christmas holiday season brought a bombardment of consumerism. Retailers hoped you’d blow your shopping budget on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But the day after this festive... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Among other things, 2014 was the year I read the Bible in its entirety. Inspired by Canadian Mennonite Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp, and with some additional space in my life... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Early in the new year many congregations hold their annual general meetings. This is often the time when various leadership positions and volunteer roles are confirmed. But how... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Dave Bergen
How long will natives be patient with Mennonites?Read More
December 24, 2014 | Viewpoints |
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was toward God.” I remember vividly the moment in an introductory Greek class that this sentence surprised me. We were asked to... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Editorial | Les Klassen Hamm
Feature takes us ‘where we need to go’ Re: “ What is truth? ” feature, Oct. 27, page 4. I want to thank writer Dave Rogalsky and Canadian Mennonite very much for this excellent... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Viewpoints |
This is my seventh year living in Canada. My transition from Japan to Canada wasn’t easy, since I love my country and my family. I especially love the church where I became a... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Rie Neufeld
I have a goatee. I’ve had it for a while and, as my wife reminds me, my kids can’t even remember me without it. I can barely remember me without it. So, given that I’m already... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
When I was a child, my mother used to bake buns every Saturday. It seemed to me that she would make hundreds of them. She baked so that on Sunday we could have faspa. There was... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
Several years ago, a fellow pastor sighed in resignation as we talked about the approach of Advent, a pastor’s workload equivalent to an accountant’s tax season. “I don’t like... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Editorial | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
‘Open invitation’ leaves reader saddened and disturbed Re: “Come out: An open invitation,” Oct. 13, page 14.Read More
November 19, 2014 | Viewpoints |
“When the disciples saw him they worshipped him, but some of them doubted.” That’s how the disciples responded to the risen Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (28:17). So what were... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
What is central to our relationship with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit? Do we experience vitality in this relationship? What happens when we encounter people who can’t, or... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Viewpoints | Norm Dyck
The best moment of my Sunday school teaching career happened when the children were nearly stumped by a question. My co-teacher began the Bible lesson by asking the 8- to 10-year-... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
I didn’t grow up in a home steeped in Christian heritage. Instead, my childhood includes only a handful of memories that involve the church or religion. But in 1980, that all... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Viewpoints | Peter Dryden
Among other shifting sands in the Mennonite world is how we view our relationship to the state, moving from a stance of a nonviolent witness but not participation, to one of... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
If lesbians can’t be ordained is there still a place for ordination? Re: “MC U.S.A. will not recognize pastors in same-sex unions,” Sept. 15, page 19. The controversy as it... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Viewpoints |
My mother sternly warned me against doing such a thing, and I’m sure I echoed her feelings to my children and grandchildren as they grew up. Yet, as the years flew by, I had a... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Phyllis Ramer
For most of my life, I’ve driven to church. Growing up in Regina, the Alliance church I attended was a 15-minute drive away. In Winnipeg, while living at Canadian Mennonite... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Do you remember playing Follow the Leader? Do you recall the squabbles over who got to lead? Most everyone wanted to set the pace and be the example at some point. I’m intrigued... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I had the privilege of spending the first week of October on a learning tour in the United Kingdom with eight young adult leaders from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. The... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Viewpoints | Jeff Steckley
Several months ago, our editor heard complaints from someone who wanted Canadian Mennonite to stop carrying letters to the editor because letters often cause too much friction. A... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Editorial | Virginia Hostetler
Communitas follows in the footsteps of L’Arche founder Re: “ Good work ” and “ Differently gifted ,” Sept. 1, pages 4 and 8. I am writing to thank you for your recent articles by... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Viewpoints |
A curious lyric caught my attention as I was listening to “Don’t Swallow the Cap,” a song by The National, a melancholic indie rock band: “I have faith but don’t believe it.” What... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Pride goeth before a fall, I ruefully thought last month, as I limped away from the place where I had taken a nasty tumble. I fell in the Detroit airport just before stepping onto... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
I remember a special gift from my Grandpa: a $20 bill in a Christmas card. It came with one instruction: Grandpa had to see my purchase. It was a lot of money for a 10-year old!... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
Part of my role in overseeing Mennonite Church Canada’s assemblies includes reading every word on assembly feedback forms. As I reviewed the 128 forms we received this year—a... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Viewpoints | Vic Thiessen
Mainstream Mennonites tend to be doers. We have been taught to work hard and take satisfaction from getting things done, whether that is fixing up houses through Mennonite... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Editorial | Barb Draper
Love our enemies because we worship the same God Re: “‘ Global caliphate’ a Muslim goal, not a myth '” letter, Sept. 1, page 15. It is my prayer that someday we will all come to... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Viewpoints |
When it comes to graphic design and communications, everyone has an opinion. It’s nearly impossible to please everyone, but we live in a day and age when we must engage in design... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Viewpoints | Aften Thiessen
The New Testament speaks of time in two ways: there is chronos (chronology, the movement of time by clock and calendar), and there is kairos (the opportune time, the right moment... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
One of the many challenges that are common to most new churches is leadership. Those who have decided to be part of Mennonite Church Canada’s area churches are not immune. This... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Viewpoints | Fanosie Legesse
In a chapter on “Sabbath” in her book An Altar to the World, Barbara Brown Taylor confesses to “holy envy” of how the Jews practise the Sabbath, beginning with a proper Friday... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Reader addresses what he believes are ‘inaccuracies’ Re: “ From milk and honey to a land of rubble ,” Aug. 18, page 4. There are a several inaccuracies in this article that need... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Viewpoints |
It’s disturbing that the “religious industrial complex” is cashing in on the desperation of many churches today. It’s common for struggling churches to look to more “successful”... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Mrs. Potato Head understands the power of non-verbal... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
Perhaps it was inspiration from Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning”: “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple.” When I first heard it decades ago, I didn’t imagine it would apply to... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Why don’t Mennonites believe in evangelism?” asked my breakfast partner. This was the question of the appointment. With small chat out of the way, the purpose of the invitation... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
It is almost a cliché to say that the church is in the middle of mind-numbing changes, nearing a revolutionary scale. Anglican Bishop Mark Dyer calls the situation a “giant... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Church needs to learn to ask the ‘right questions’ I wasn’t at Assembly 2014, so I enjoyed reading the summaries in the July 28 edition (pages 4 to 17) and the sharing of the... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Is it camp that needs its staff or is it the staff that need camp? Time and time again I have heard teens tell their faith story by beginning with, “I grew up in a Christian home... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Allison Goerzen
How do you know if you know someone? To answer that, consider what it’s like to shop for a birthday present with little kids. They see a gift not through the eyes of the recipient... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
A couple weeks ago I participated in an e-mail conversation with two friends about justifying the choice to have children in the wake of the earth’s environmental crisis. I know... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
On July 4, following the Mennonite Women Canada annual business meeting in Winnipeg, more than 80 women gathered for a program of choral music and inspirational talks by three... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Liz Koop
As your advocate for children in the life of the church, I continually encourage others to offer child-friendly worship services. Assembly 2014 worship planners offered a fine... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Viewpoints | Elsie Rempel
On a perfectly lovely summer day last month, I joined a couple hundred people for a worship service on the edges of a wheat field. The crop on the field is dedicated to the work... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Back in 2011, I met with an elderly person to assist her with will and estate planning. “Maggie’s” intentions were to name a couple of friends as executors and give her entire... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
In the spring of 1985, Coke decided to change the recipe of its flagship beverage for the first time in 99 years. The intensity of consumer rejection was unprece-dented... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
‘Whatever happened to forgiveness?’ Re: Pastor’s credentials withdrawn,” July 7, page 23. When I read the short release regarding Tym Elias, I was reminded of similar situations... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Viewpoints |
“We would benefit more if our leaders were leading more and following less,” lamented one reader in reflecting on the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) discussions at Assembly 2014... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
We, in North America, watch helplessly as the human carnage continues in Gaza. The continuing struggle for control of a tiny piece of land on the Mediterranean Sea—a narrow,... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Young Voice paints true picture of life in Israel/Palestine Re: “ A constant terrifying threat ,” May 26, page 36, and “ Altruistic young person ‘taken in by propaganda’ ” letter... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Will the day ever come when I will be able to look at the beauty of a flower in its original home without feeling the urge to pluck and pull and cut until it is firmly forced into... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints | Jerry Buhler
We’re at a fun and befuddling stage of life. We have little children, our youngest is just six months, and teenagers. I enjoy both, and the opportunity to escape one for the other... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Canada has conscientiously gained a worldwide reputation as a donor country to a variety of humanitarian and beneficial causes. Private enterprises like nongovernmental... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints | Noe Gonzalia
Conflict is a normal human phenomenon. We become aware of conflict when there is a clash between individuals or groups. Differences butt up against one another. The clash may be... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Vern Neufeld Redekop
When Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta asked Adrienne Wiebe and me to attend the May 31-June 1 conference on the Alberta oil sands and treaty rights in Fort McMurray, it... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Jim Shantz
Words, words, words—millions of them filled the Loewen Auditorium during the four days of Assembly at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, earlier this month. Conversations,... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Church should fund prison visitation In Matthew 25, Jesus says, “[A]nd I was in prison and you visited me.” In Hebrews 13:3, the author writes, “Remember those in prison as if... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints |
This winter on an evening journey to the airport, I encountered a substantial snow storm. Strong winds drove heavy snow across the roads. Even with my eyes wide open I was blinded... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
When our boys were younger, I wanted them to see how much we were giving to our church. I wanted to model cheerful generosity, and to demonstrate that this was normal and very... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Arnie Friesen
“I’m turning 60 and I need help,” I wrote in the invitation to my recent party. I was disquieted by the approach of this milestone birthday, beset with, and surprised by, regrets... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Look outside,” Dan blurted through the phone before my mother could even say hello. She walked over to the front window and was astonished to see Dan sitting in his car parked in... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Shortly after my birth I was registered as a Canadian citizen. Birth cast me into a life that was not of my choosing or making. The Mennonite commu-nity into which I was born has... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | David Driedger
The auditorium tingled as the keynote speaker took the stage. A tall black guy—a CNN personality, New York Times best-selling author, and former White House staffer who advised... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
‘ Honor your father and mother’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself .’ (Matt. 19:19 NIV) In our frenzied, everyday lives, it’s essential that we celebrate important ministry... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Waltrude Gortzen
By the time this editorial sees the light of print and the Internet, some 500 delegates attending our national assembly in Winnipeg will have discerned, debated, parsed and... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Keep national, area churches out of LGBTQ decisions The May 12 issue of Canadian Mennonite contains the recognition that the local congregation is gaining prominence within our... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Viewpoints |
I write this from what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. We’re on a family holiday on one of the small Gulf Islands in British Columbia’s Strait of Georgia. I... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
This past spring, from March to May, I attended a series of classes at Spirit of Life Lutheran Church in Vancouver. The classes or “gatherings,” as they were called, were part of... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Cultural norms and values from one generation to the next are a moving target. While this isn’t a new concept, there are many challenges associated with the increased rate of... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Viewpoints | Justin Zacharias
They sat in rapt attention, taking in every word from the 80-year-olds sitting in front of them. The usual restlessness was gone. The children took in every word. It was children’... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Editorial | By Dick Benner
Informed scientists agree global warming is man-made Stephen Kennel’s letter in the May 26 issue of Canadian Mennonite unwisely attacks editor Benner for suggesting Mennonites... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Viewpoints |
From July 3-6, our extended family of faith gathers underneath the Assembly “tent.” We welcome newcomers and greet old friends, drawing closer together through praise, worship,... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Viewpoints | Hilda A. Hildebrand
The green-eyed monster twined through my family tree in an almost funny way. It began with my 88-year-old grandmother. She was irritated because her older sister had just planted... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The most surprising “friend” request I ever received on Facebook came from someone I knew only slightly. That may not seem unusual, except the person was dead. When I clicked the... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
As we seek to better understand how we attune ourselves to Divine Spirit, it’s helpful to look at how Jesus’ original disciples attuned themselves to the Holy Spirit. Acts 1 tells... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
Once in a great while along comes a classic literary work that gets our attention like no other, not necessarily intended or viewed at the time of its publication, but touching... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Pretty girls can be a distraction Re: “ Getting back on track ” by Aaron Epp, May 12, page 37. We need to read the Bible for personal nourishment, and to learn how to follow God... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Viewpoints |
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed . . . it is the smallest of all the seeds, but grows into the greatest of shrubs” (Matthew 13:31-32). We Christians take heart from... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Viewpoints | Marianne Mellinger
Jesus told his disciples to make disciples. He was very clear. He promised his Spirit would enable us and would do the work of convicting and opening hearts and minds. Our part is... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
“Hey, Chink! Go back to China!” Derogatory as it was, this was the racial slur directed at one of my Vietnamese college parishioners in a gym recently. Racist remarks of this... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Viewpoints | Kuen Yee
Over the past 20 years I have dedicated much effort to advancing the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the rest of us. I have lived in, worked with and written about... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, has been invited to comment on the complexities of the relationship between Canadian Mennonite and the denomination... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Editorial | Willard Metzger
Reader responds to March 31 issue Thank you for Dick Benner’s insightful editorial, “ Who are the millennials? ” on page 2. It seems I am in the silent generation category, which... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Viewpoints |
I recently began another journey through the Scriptures, which offered a fresh look at the story of Caleb. As a young man, he was one of the 12 Israelites sent to spy out Canaan... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
A fragment of a remark from long ago comes back. The context was a Sunday school class. I was young, just 18, a summer visitor in that church. The others were well into middle-age... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
By nature, people “accumulate and build . . . and you get to a point at which you have too much. . . . Perhaps God is inviting the church in North America to a time of... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
Twenty years ago, I read a word that transformed my understanding of the gospel. My mind was blown wide open by the use of two hyphens. “Atonement” suddenly became “at-one-ment.”... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“All politics is local,” is one of the enduring lines of political wisdom uttered by the salty, outspoken U.S. congressman from Massachusetts, the late Tip O’Neill , nearly three... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Writer claims argument against Al Najd based on ‘factual error’ Re: “ MCC should consider new partner in Gaza ” letter, March 17, page 8. Andrew Pinnell’s letter contains a... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Viewpoints |
How do we measure success? When I served as a mission worker in Botswana, an African leader shared with me that their defi-nition of success is “good relationships.” By this he... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
In April, voters in la belle province rejected a political party that had drafted a charter of values that would have treated the overtly religious as unfit for public service... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I botched Lent this year. I didn’t fast from anything tasty or techno, or set aside time to meditate and pray. To be honest, I think my lack of motivation stems from the lack of... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Five loaves and two fish. The story of the feeding of the five thousand illustrates how Jesus uses the small amounts we bring to him. In this story, a crowd has been with Jesus... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melody Neufeld-Rocheleau
In my last article I wrote that Spirit attunement and ego consciousness are rival states of being. Jesus refers to this internal rivalry by pitting the self against the Self... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
It’s been called the greatest human rights issue of our time. Or if that sounds too secular for Anabaptist Mennonites, let’s translate it to say it is the most pressing justice... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
NHL players miss a ‘coachable’ moment Re: “ It’s all part of the game ,” Feb. 17, page 33. I attended the event held at Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., at which Mike... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Viewpoints |
“The only problem with them,” my friend said as we admired the soft closure hinges on my kitchen cupboards, “is that you can’t slam the doors when you’re mad.” Door slamming isn’t... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” That’s from the Bible (Amos 3:3, New Living Translation). It was my parents’ wedding text when they were married... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | by Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
As the mother of two boys aged 6 and 11, I am happy to see the wide variety of faith-shaping resources for parents of young children available from Mennonite Church Canada’s... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Viewpoints | Miriam Tshimanga-Maenhout
The timing of Mennonite Church Canada’s current segment on human sexuality couldn’t have been better. And while the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force has been intentionally... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Writer stands up for the victims of John Howard Yoder’s abuse Re: “ MennoMedia questioned over John Howard Yoder disclaimer ” letter, March 3, page 11. There are a number of... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Be honest, you’re only reading this because of the title. Yup, you have issues. But so do I. My understanding of sex was shaped within the context of my small-town church... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Some may consider the following to be stated too strongly, but these are the realities for many native people. Native Christians understand that non-native churches, denominations... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Viewpoints | Brander McDonald
Meetings are always interesting, as they take on personalities of their own. And groups develop their own style or flavour. The 2014 Mennonite Church Alberta annual meeting was no... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Viewpoints | Dan Graber
Having read “Between horizons: Biblical perspectives on human sexuality” (the fifth Being a Faithful Church [BFC] document), I found myself questioning once again how we approach... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Viewpoints | Lydia Crutwell
They are confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults, less religious—while claiming to be... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Mandela refused to renounce violence to get out of prison Re: “ Lessons to be learned from Nelson Mandela ” letter, Feb. 3, page 11. Nelson Mandela was an admirable figure, no... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints |
In our rush to welcome Jesus, we often skip those who paved the way for him. Consider the prophets, who tend to be marginalized by others or by themselves. The margins they occupy... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
When the door opens, do you hesitate, turn aside or walk through? It probably depends on the door, right? A big door opened when I was invited to join a Mennonite Central... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
In my last “Spirit attunement” column, March 3, page 14, I explained why I believe “wilderness seasons” and solitude are essential for many individual’s spiritual vitality... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
When I moved to the little town of Leamington in southwestern Ontario, my family made the decision to refrain from purchasing a second car. We had just left Toronto, and having... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Alicia Good
Programmers and volunteers of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) across the country happily got word of a reversal of a federal... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
MCC should consider new partner in Gaza Re: “ Flooding worsens Gazans’ plight ,” Jan. 20, page 19. I am pleased to hear that Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is actively involved... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints |
I’ve been a youth pastor for more than two decades and if I have any regret, besides the amount of pizza I’ve consumed, it is that I did not pay more attention to the parents/... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Kathy Giesbrecht
The Olympic Games came and went, and Canada won hockey gold again. I intended to get up early to watch the men’s final game. On the Pacific coast that meant 4 a.m., and thanks to... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’ve never been to a Mennonite church conference before. I’m a little late. I find my name tag on the table, hook it onto the lanyard provided. I’m welcomed by Janette, the... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
We have an important opportunity before us as men. For decades now, women both in secular and Christian circles have been in dialogue and have raised their voices strongly to... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Don Neufeld
I’ve always liked the saying, “My house may not be clean, but my kids are happy.” I took that to heart when my kids were young and I spent a lot of time with them. I’m not sure... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Ev Buhr
His passion for creation care was palatable, his enthusiasm infectious, his words direct but searing the silence. His stature was not imposing, his voice not booming and bouncing... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Christ’s death completes the incarnation Re: “ Atonement ,” Nov. 11, 2013, page 4. The main issues around the atonement appear to centre around two questions: “Why did Jesus have... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Sitting on the beach, swimming and building sandcastles all seem like a dream right now as I look out my window at the deep snow banks. Our three children, ranging in age from 2... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Andrew Epp
A few years ago, a Mennonite church offered a Lenten worship series on the Seven Deadly Sins. For each of the six Sundays of Lent, the preacher’s sermon focused on one of the... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Let’s make this go viral!” I’ve heard this phrase too many times in my work as communications director at Mennonite Church Canada, usually from dear colleagues who dream of their... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Dan Dyck
Over the past few years, I’ve been inundated with stories, statistics, articles, books and documentaries chronicling the mass exodus of people leaving the church. The most recent... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
As followers of Jesus, Darnell and I want our sons Cody and Makai to grow up without violent toys and video games. While that can be a challenge in many cultures, it is... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Viewpoints | Christina Bartel Barkman
The headline caught my eye: “Breast-feeding on the rise, remains an issue in the pews.” What? I thought, as intrigue took over and I continued to read the full article from... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Is the paraclete always comforting? Re: “ Spiritual attunement: Part 4 of a series ,” Jan. 6, page 16. I enjoyed Troy Watson’s recent column. The image of being pickled in the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Viewpoints |
One of my favourite things is rediscovering things: a movie I haven’t seen in a couple years, or putting my iTunes on shuffle and letting it find some forgotten classics. One of... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Kirsten Hamm
It shows up in the smallest of ways. Send out an e-vite or ask people to confirm their attendance and you’ll see proof that we are part of the Dithering Age. Perhaps, like yours,... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’ve heard of borscht, but I can’t really say that I’ve eaten it. And only very recently had I come across the word zwieback. I needed to Google that one. I would hazard a guess... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | Brian Quan
Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place. The goal of “Olympism”—yes, it’s a real word—... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
Mennonite Church Canada is encouraging its constituent congregations to engage the topic of sexual orientation in the hope that a consensus can be reached in the future. I commend... Read More
January 30, 2014 | Viewpoints | Gerhard Neufeld
A letter writer in this issue questions the practice of yoga and doing labyrinths and other types of what she calls “non-biblical meditation and prayer.” “Are these practices of... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
There is no one-size-fits-all formula for attuning oneself to the Holy Spirit. We are all wired differently. This means we will often have to take different approaches to... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
What makes people happier: spending money on themselves or giving to others? It might surprise many of us to learn that research done by Elizabeth W. Dunn, a social psychologist... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
A disturbing cartoon from childhood has stayed with me. In the cartoon, a pig—of course!—was over-eating, stuffing himself from a heavily laden table. At the very end, the pig... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Those who survived Indian Residential Schools, Mennonite Church Canada members and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission participants all have one thing in common... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Viewpoints | Korey Dyck
Be careful of what the church is ‘shifting’ from I am writing out of care and concern for the church. There are many practices coming in and I hear more and more people in the... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Across Canada, generations of women have been walking together in faith. As early as 1786, when Mennonites first began arriving from Pennsylvania, up until today, Mennonite women... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Viewpoints | By Liz Koop
I used to be the circulation and fulfillment manager for a small, independent, faith-based magazine. Ever-increasing postage rates and pressure to increase online presence were... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
My city had a year of sorrow sadly stamped by the death of Julie Paskall on Dec. 29. It was Surrey’s 25th murder of the year. The 53-year-old mom was randomly beaten to death in... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Sometimes I find the relationship between church and business a little baffling. It seems that the business world is increasingly adopting Christian values and practices to run... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Viewpoints | David Martin
Nelson Mandela: We all love a hero Politicians and celebrities need saints to lean on. And so it was this time around, that after Nelson Mandela died all the most important... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Viewpoints |
Bone-chilling blizzards, record-breaking deep freezes, ferocious winds, devastating floods, ice storms downing trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without heat... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In my last article, I explained that baptizo (the Greek word for “baptize”) means to merge or saturate something to the point of transforming its essence. One of the oldest... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
“In your 50s, you find out what ‘cards’ you got in the gene pool,” I’ve heard it said. In the past year, this truism took on personal meaning. Unusual chest pains sent me to my... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Pay now . . . or really pay later.” This recent Winnipeg Free Press headline pointed to the close relationship between investing in education and healthcare for the very young,... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Viewpoints | Dave Bergen
Daughter of Pembina Place resident disputes ‘quality of care’ comment Re: “ Bethania Group dismisses CEO ,” Oct. 14, 2013, page 23. I read with interest the article outlining... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Viewpoints |
What will the issues be for Canadians in 2014, my American friend asked me over the Christmas break. A good but difficult question, I said to myself—a query worth sharing with my... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Next to biblical nativity stories, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is one of my favourite seasonal tales. We read it as a family every Christmas Eve. While we... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Andrew Suderman
Every Advent I recall December 2003 when I found myself swept along in the tide of pilgrims advancing toward one of the world’s most visited holy sites. The crowds were drawn by... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
We just got back from a church lunch. Sitting at our table was our young family, a couple in their early 30s and three people in their senior years: a couple and a widow. While... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Every other Saturday evening the discipleship group our family participates in meets. Various ages, including a boatload of energetic children, gather to enjoy life together, be... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
What is the nature of the church today and the nature of the church to come? Will it continue to be important to organize our churches into denominational bodies or is there... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
Reader finds issue ‘disturbing’ Three items in the Oct. 28 “peacemaking” issue disturbed me: • I deplore that Dennis Gruending’s corrective of the Sept. 16 “ Holy Contradiction ”... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Viewpoints |
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to [all] on whom his favour rests” (Luke 2:14) will be read and re-read in our places of worship this Advent season as well as... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
If, according to the gospels, baptizing people with the Holy Spirit was Jesus' primary mission, what exactly is Spirit baptism? I believe it has little to do with spectacular... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
We gathered as a church community a few days after death had visited with a stunning blow. For many of us, our first reaction, upon receiving the news, was a cry of disbelief, "No... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
For 40 years, Mennonite Foundation of Canada has partnered with people to help them live generously in support of the church and related charities. Increasingly, we find donors... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Climate change. It's a divisive issue. Whether one believes climate change is happening or not, I believe it is ultimately a peace and justice issue, and how the church responds... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
Before progressing, we need to know our starting point Re: " What’s ahead " editorial, Oct. 14, page 2. Dick Benner is right to suggest that our "anchor" is the Corinthian passage... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Viewpoints |
It’s Remembrance Day as I write this. To say that Canadian Mennonites are conflicted on this day is an understatement. How do we respond in a culture that, even in peacetime,... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
You’ve probably heard the joke: What is a Mennonite dilemma? Free dance lessons! I was born in Saskatchewan in 1949 and the only danc ing I ever encountered was square-dancing on... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Kate Janzen
1. We eat together a lot No surprise here. We are Mennonites. One of the tragedies of summer ending around here is that our summer worship schedule, which involved an earlier... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Ryan Dueck
Before I list my recipe for a great sermon, I offer some context. I’m self-conscious about my social standing. I just bought a second house, a rental property in a gentrifying... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
On Thanksgiving Sunday our church celebrated the joy of baptism. It was a wonderful and diverse community event as we heard transforming stories of the young and middle-aged who... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I’ve heard it said, “The trouble with Christians in the western world is not that they don’t care about the poor. The trouble is that they don’t know the poor.” A few years ago,... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints | Linda Brnjas
Catholics also display the love of Christ Re: “ Holy contradictions ,” Sept. 16, page 4. As Christians, we are often very prone to tip-toeing around difficult subjects. I... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Viewpoints |
“Canadian Mennonite is the glue that holds Mennonite Church Canada together,” Larry Cornies , a journalism professor and former chair of this publication’s board of directors,... Read More
November 5, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Growing up, we didn’t celebrate Halloween. While many Americans might have fond memories of strategic trick-or-treating and silly costumes on Halloween, my own memories involve... Read More
October 31, 2013 | Viewpoints | SARA YASIN
I was twenty-two years old when I first realized the price of my happiness was too high. I had met some Christians in a small Russian village who, although struggling to obtain... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
“Hey! This is our first kitchen renovation,” I exclaimed to my husband of 37 years, with whom I’ve shared nine homes. “It was never on my ‘bucket list’,” he glumly replied.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“We are to be in the world not of the world,” my father responded to a question I asked about war. As a youngster I didn’t quite understand what he meant, but his conviction was... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aldred Neufeldt
‘A little humility is in order’ Re: “ Holy contradictions ,” Sept. 16, page 4. I was raised as a Catholic, but for years have accompanied my wife to her Mennonite church. I hope... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Viewpoints |
The local newspaper editor called it a soap opera. The local Member of Parliament tried to make the spokespersons for the historic peace churches lone fringe persons in a... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values has the potential for many reactions.Read More
October 9, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Willard Metzger
It’s Sunday morning and, instead of sitting comfortably in a sanctuary, I’m standing with my family in the pouring rain in downtown Vancouver. We’re soaked. The stroller is... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
I was invited to a birthday party. A hunched-over seventy-something Scottish gentleman from my church family was turning 34. With that kind of math, who wouldn’t want to go? So I... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Mennonite Church British Columbia exists to help our congregations be healthy, vibrant, missional and connected. I want to explore this value of being connected. At MC B.C. we... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Viewpoints | Garry Janzen
Enough already about gender issues In my opinion, the question of human gender comes up way too often among us and way beyond its importance to society as a whole. Let’s just use... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Viewpoints |
It was Soren Kierkegaard who said: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Read More
October 9, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Norm Goertzen recalls falling silent for 20 seconds, his coffee cooling. His atheist friend, whom he had been trying to convert for some time, waited. It would be a critical... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | Story and Photo by Will Braun
Mary Lou Klassen raises a good point when she asks about the practical value of human rights (see page left). For people who live in a country where corruption is rampant, the... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Lowell Ewert
I have become increasingly disturbed by the system of impunity in which Nigerians live . . . daily. Those with means and connections navigate the system. Those without resources... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Mary Lou Klassen
I was sitting in a room by myself when it occurred to me there were hundreds, probably thousands, of radio signals streaming all around me. In all likelihood, one of my favourite... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
I’m not usually one to proclaim my loyalties through what I wear. I don’t own a sports jersey, and I don’t wear a cross, although I’m not judging those who do. So the ribbons... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“A dream without a plan is just a wish,” writes Katherine Paterson.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
For many congregations, Sept. 8 launched the beginning of a new Sunday school season and marked Christian Formation Sunday with a focus on “remembering each other in our prayers.”Read More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints | Elsie Rempel
Widespread, ongoing abuses not best left aloneRead More
September 25, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Robert J. (Jack) Suderman flinches every time I, or anyone representing Canadian Mennonite, uses the word “independent” to describe who we are as a publication. The... Read More
September 24, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Primates and bishops from the Global South attending a gathering here said current proposals for a new Anglican Communion covenant don’t go far enough to heal the conflict in the... Read More
September 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | By BOB BETTSON
When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, I get the warm fuzzies . I follow him religiously on Twitter and have a... Read More
September 16, 2013 | Viewpoints | By CATHLEEN FALSANI, Orange County Register
Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | David Gibson
No matter what language you speak, romantic love is one of the greatest gifts to give or receive. When it’s new, it’s fireworks, warm fuzzies, pure electricity! As you mature,... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Linda Wiens
I have what may appear to be an irrational aversion to cars. When you are desperate to find hope for the future, it’s easy to turn to something near at hand and obsess about it. I... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
The average Canadian child is among the most blessed, nurtured—and entitled—in the world. Imagine if such a child announced it has decided to leave the family because it just isn’... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
With only 15 congregations, Mennonite Church Alberta is a small area church. What I find significant is that only 10 of our churches are of traditional European origin. We need to... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints | Ernie Engbrecht
Evil misdeeds, behaviour must be condemned for what they areRead More
September 11, 2013 | Viewpoints |
The year was 1953. Mennonites scattered across Canada were a disparate group, having come to this land of freedom in several migrations from Europe, the first of which was of... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I had the good fortune of camping in Algonquin Park in northeastern Ontario a few weeks ago, a perfect place to observe the Perseid meteor shower that happens every August.Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
The recent coverage of three issues raises the delicate question of how we mainstream Mennonites relate to our more traditional Anabaptist cousins, especially when their troubles... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Recently I was asked to deliver a devotional at a seniors condominium complex. The suggested theme was, “How do we live with aging and illness and loss of abilities in light of... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
My son takes after his father. He’s a picky eater. It’s no surprise that our family isn’t very adventurous when it comes to menus and cultural cuisine.Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, a foundational but forgotten “scroll” for Canada. Steve Heinrichs, Mennonite Church Canada’s director of... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Steve Heinrichs
Portrayal of Old Colony Mennonites called ‘irresponsible and unethical’Read More
August 27, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Two stories on sexual abuse have re-emerged recently on the Mennonite scene that call for sober reflection and some self-examination, but not self-obsession. They should be seen,... Read More
August 27, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religious. Like its main character, however, it’s got a thread of transcendence running through it. The truth about... Read More
August 20, 2013 | Viewpoints | By JEFFREY WEISS
Time has its way. As does the Spirit. The accelerating interest in and widespread appreciation for John Howard Yoder’s theological work has also provoked renewed calls for the... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Sara Wenger Shenk
In his July 8, 2013 editorial, Dick Benner considers “the trouble with labels.” He says that in our pluralistic society we tend to put people into boxes with a smug “now we know... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints | Royden Loewen
The quest for truth and reconciliation is a high and holy one that inspires us even with its flaws and imperfections. Those who have observed and participated in the first nations... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints | Jerry Buhler
Right now, my family and I are living in mild chaos. Boxes are stacked against the walls, bookshelves are empty, the give-away piles mount and to-do lists abound. We’re moving... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
I just turned 41. Finding new aches that never used to be there. Peculiar. Discovering a nap is disturbingly easy to slip into. Odd. Found some hair growing on my ear. Just plain... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Movie ‘gave me something to rankle against’Read More
August 14, 2013 | Viewpoints |
It is a great experience to be on the board of Canadian Mennonite. On a personal level, it is both fun and interesting. You get to meet other Mennonites from across the country... Read More
August 13, 2013 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
A tech writer’s obituary for PCWorld’s print magazine — part tongue-in-cheek, part nostalgia riff — reminded me that I once devoured that magazine, now kaput. It was an early lens... Read More
July 30, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tom Ehrich
“Can I get a ride sir?”Read More
July 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
Something about the placement of the living room furniture caught my attention. With its cozy circle of a comfy couch and chairs, it subtly signaled invitation and welcome. On a... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
November of 2012 brought us our first grandchild and with our grandson came a myriad of hopes and dreams. What will he be like? What will he contribute to society? How will his... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | by Arnie Friesen
The pictures I coloured in grade school were neat and tidy, coloured within the lines. Darker lines marked the borders, every section clearly separated from the other; emerald... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | Carol Penner
Columnist offers apology for Metzger character assessmentRead More
July 24, 2013 | Viewpoints |
My, what a summer—unexpected flooding in central and southern Alberta, oil rail tankers exploding in Lac-Mégantic, devastating that small rural town in Quebec, record-setting heat... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Tumult in Egypt reminds me how complicated the world can be, especially for a culture like our own that is shaped by good guy vs. bad guy dramas. Who are the “good guys” in Cairo... Read More
July 9, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tom Ehrich
The best part of growing up in a close-knit church community is the sense that people who are not your relatives become your extended family. At Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
The end of our kids’ sporting seasons brings about the obligatory team party. As a parent, such events feel a bit like a high school reunion. Most of us are generally the same age... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Recent Canadian statistics reveal that as many as half of first nations children and about a third of immigrant children live below the poverty line. How is it possible that in... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Viewpoints | Norm Voth
Metzger’s servant leadership should be applauded, not criticizedRead More
July 3, 2013 | Viewpoints |
In an increasingly polarized culture, we seem to be plagued more and more with labels that define us. Driven by an obsession to organize our society, we put each other into the... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
After almost 40 years, Exodus International is closing its doors. It was the oldest Christian services group of its kind and a market leader in reparative/ex-gay/sexual... Read More
June 21, 2013 | Viewpoints | By CINDI LOVE
To baptize originally meant “to immerse” or “place into.” Usually. (Etymology can be complicated and controversial stuff.) Some of the oldest “baptism” references we have in the... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
Watching my friend struggle with her three-year-old, I smiled sympathetically. Her daughter, like many three-year-olds, was willful, perhaps exceptionally so, full of spirit and... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Many of us dream about how we might spend a large, unexpected windfall. Some imagine travelling to exotic locales, or owning a new vehicle or dream home. Some dream about making a... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
When my husband asked me to join him to watch 42, a movie about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, whom he had followed since the 1950s, I felt less than enthusiastic.Read More
June 18, 2013 | Viewpoints | Hilda A. Hildebrand
Reference to age of the cosmos distracts from editorial’s main pointRead More
June 18, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Ken Bechtel makes an astute observation in our lead feature when he says the church in postmodernity is more about “the experiential, spirituality, community, globalism,... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
After denials and evasions, we learned that two successive administrations lied to the American public about unprecedented spying on ordinary citizens. The latest phase of this... Read More
June 12, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tom Ehrich
It was an average supper for us. My partner made potato-leek soup and I put some buns on the table. We said grace and we ate. I liked the soup, so I had a second helping and... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Which of these is most important to be a follower of Jesus: belonging, behaviour or belief? This is not a trick question, so chew on this one for a while and dissect its nuances... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
“I’m not an appliance or computer program!” That’s a comment I’ve heard from ministers as we planned an installation service in their new congregation. “Can’t we find a better... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Viewpoints | Henry Paetkau
Money or God: Which do we love more?Read More
June 5, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Why has “creation care,” as we have come to euphemize an issue that distinguishes our faith-based concern for the environment, risen to the top of our conversation as modern-day... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Religious historians say that every 500 years, Christianity goes through a "massive transition," as noted religion writer Phyllis Tickle puts it. Around 500 A.D., "barbarians"... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tom Ehrich
Since last summer I have been responding to a rich crop of invitations to discuss healthy ways of grandparenting and relating across generational divides. I’m enjoying the ride... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Viewpoints | Elsie Rempel
Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) recently completed the printing of Giving Your First Fruits: Money, Faith and Worship, which contains the collected writings of Edwin Friesen.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Viewpoints | Harold Penner
I cohabited with my husband before we got married. Not in the current form of lovers sharing a home together as a preamble—or alternative—to marriage. Our cohabitation involved... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Editorial sets up false dichotomiesRead More
May 22, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Two headlines this week bring into sharp focus the cultural context in which our own faith community is forming its core belief and practice, one encouraging, the other not so... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. Some of those rely on faith to help them through their grief... Read More
May 21, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Write about things that make you glad, sad or sorry,” advised a Facebook friend recently, after I asked for writing ideas for this page. But, truth be told, I was really... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Waltrude Gortzen
It seems that money is a large part of my job. Every aspect of my work involves money in some way or another.Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | Janette Thiessen
Two church leaders came to my city last month: one was big, the other small. They both said things I found inspiring. But in the end, which one would I like to follow? I want to... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
Overcome Evil with Good by Ryan on April 28, 2013 One last post about my experience at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Quebec National Event this past week. As... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | Ryan Dueck
Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons recently committed suicide after humiliating pictures of her alleged rape and shame flooded social media. While the powers-that-be considered what... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Where does the problem lie: With the people or the path?Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints |
I sat with my gospel choir colleagues, in a pew, while the host choir at Park Avenue Synagogue rehearsed a lovely Psalm setting in Hebrew. Some sang the Hebrew text with ease,... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Viewpoints | Tom Ehrich
I turned off the radio en route to my destination at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ont. A shooting in Toronto, a bombing in Boston, political chicanery in Ottawa—all were... Read More
May 7, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
For me, the Holy Spirit is the central character and protagonist of the New Testament, especially after Jesus’ death and resurrection. As John the Baptist was the forerunner—one... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
“What are you reading?” I’ll ask my mother, a friend or colleague. Partly I’m trolling for good titles, and partly I’m inviting them to tell me about their lives, what they are... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
We can be sure that the children and youth around us are observing our money habits, sometimes in surprising detail. On a shopping trip with my then young children, one of them... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
With its 225 congregations, Mennonite Church Canada has more “franchises” across the country than Future Shop and Best Buy combined, making us our own best resource.Read More
April 24, 2013 | Viewpoints | Arlyn Friesen Epp
Original CIDA model is dead and buried by Harper governmentRead More
April 24, 2013 | Viewpoints |
You know you’re in a Mennonite home when you walk into the living room and see a copy of Canadian Mennonite on the coffee table.Read More
April 23, 2013 | Editorial | Carl DeGurse
I pulled out my bike for my first spring ride a few weeks ago. It was invigorating to feel the cold air hit my face, dodge the ice puddles and feel the strain in my legs as I... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
I was watching my son’s baseball game with a bunch of other parents on a beautiful spring afternoon. The loud “snap” of ball in glove, the distinctive “clink” of bat making... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Living a life of witness among our neighbours is what the church is about. Because only a small percentage of Canadians attend church regularly, we Mennonites have put energy into... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Viewpoints | Donna Kampen Entz
Conscientious tax objectors look for more support Re: “Are you paying for peace or war?” Jan. 21, page 12.Read More
April 10, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Recently, our congregation discovered Facebook. “Discovered” isn’t quite the right word, of course, since many of us were already part of the online community reputed to have a... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Editorial | Doreen Martens
American theologian Harvey Cox wrote a book called The Future of Faith, in which he presents three major stages in church history. The first was the “Age of Faith,” when... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
It’s Easter and as Christians we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. God sent his Son to us to be crucified, to die and then to be raised from the dead. He gave us the gift of... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Maria H. Klassen
Weddings are natural places where we think and talk about love. At the two weddings I attended recently, love was all over the place—in the words of the preacher, in the warm... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
It seems like generosity is all the rage these days. Many retail outlets support one or more charities and invite their customers to join in by giving an extra dollar or two. We... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
Several years ago, a former colleague asked a group of lay leaders in the church what they would expect to hear if their pastor ever talked about money in the church. One person... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
Sex reserved for heterosexual marriage partnersRead More
March 27, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Out of the many discussions at Canadian Mennonite’s annual board meeting recently in Lethbridge, Alta., came the call, once again, for some clarification on two issues: “Whose... Read More
March 26, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
With spring just around the corner, most of us are looking forward to seeing the last of the snow disappear as we savour warmer temperatures, longer days and shorter nights, and... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Liz Koop
Browsing through the Nov. 26, 2012, issue of Canadian Mennonite, Dick Benner’s review of Red Quarter Moon on page 30, and Kholoud Al Ajarma’s “Banana trees and justice” piece in... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Ray Friesen
What are you wearing right now? What does the label say? Chances are, it boxes you somehow—possibly in your own eyes, but definitely in the eyes of others. The labels can be a... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I watched shaky video footage on the Internet. A person in a forest in Texas walked out in front of a dinosaur-like machine that was biting large trees and ripping them out of the... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
When people ask me how my work is going, I often begin my response with the phrase, “This is an interesting time to be the church!”Read More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
Indigenous believers must be equals in the churchRead More
March 13, 2013 | Viewpoints |
Not in recent history have we paid so much attention to the Bible in our faith community.Read More
March 13, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I addressed the “priority problem” of Bible reading in the lives of many Christians in my last article ( Feb 4, page 13 ). Here, I want to address the “professionalization factor... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
The customary practice of self-sacrifice during Lent carries tinges of earnest piety and religious compunction. It can feel like a moral “heavy.” But it also has a certain appeal.Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
“What are your vices?” Now there’s a conversation starter.Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Summer camp had a very significant influence on my life. I remember being nervous before attending for the first time at age six, and I found the idea of going to camp very scary... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Gary Sawatzky
In the 1930s, Woody Guthrie took a song by Albert Brumley and adapted it for fellow Oklahomans fleeing the “dust bowl.”Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints | Bryan Moyer Suderman
How to stretch our ‘peace’ taxes Re: “Are we paying for peace or war?” by Ernie Unger, Jan. 21, page, 12.Read More
February 27, 2013 | Viewpoints |
While the Mennonite faith community has sometimes been contentiously consumed over the past two decades with one aspect of sexuality—homosexuality and same-sex marriage—another... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
What would you do if a dead preacher left you $13,000?Read More
February 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
I really like our new phone. It’s a cream-coloured touch-tone, the kind with the handset that rests on a cradle. When I use it I have to stay in one room, and I can’t walk too far... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | Katie Doke Sawatzky
The Idle No More movement may exhilarate some while perplexing others. What it hopes to gain for aboriginal Canadians is probably clear, at least in broad strokes; what it means... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Viewpoints | George Epp
‘Freedom of speech is hard work’ I am writing to share my thoughts on the relationship Canadian Mennonite has developed with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).Read More
February 13, 2013 | Viewpoints |
In her “Mennonites have a long history of environmental activism” letter to the editor on page 12, Joanne Moyer questions whether it was fair to hold Menno Simons to account for a... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Fewer Christians are reading their Bibles today. Not exactly a news flash. The real question is, why are so many of us no longer reading our Bibles? I think there are three... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
“Mom, does my hair look okay at the back?” asked the pastor just before she exited the washroom to enter the hall where she would officiate at a wedding.Read More
January 30, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
On Jan. 11, I joined an Idle No More event initiated by Mennonites in Winnipeg on the same day aboriginal chiefs met with the prime minister. One driver who was temporarily... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
Free speech more important than charitable statusRead More
January 30, 2013 | Viewpoints |
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”Read More
January 29, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
It started with a few women in Saskatchewan. Now, it has spread across Canada and the U.S., all the way to France, New Zealand and Palestine.Read More
January 16, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Steve Heinrichs
We should not dominate each other. I really believe this. It is one of the most meaningful affirmations of the Christian faith I have. Can those among us who are strong be... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
I have underestimated its presence. I know I have. I miss it routinely although it is all around me: in front of me, even in my very arms.Read More
January 16, 2013 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Religious life in Canada continues to change dramatically from previous generations. A new Forum Research Poll recently commissioned for the National Post indicates that two-... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Viewpoints | David Martin
Stop being ‘so extremely politically biased’Read More
January 16, 2013 | Viewpoints |
“The fossil fuel industry is the richest and most arrogant industry the world has ever seen,” charges Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, and referenced by Will Braun in... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In our denomination we give less and less attention to the practice of theology. One wonders why. Perhaps it is because we falsely believe theology to be a strictly “academic”... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Viewpoints | By Ramon Rempel
There are numerous schemas that map out differing views of Scripture. One of the most straightforward suggests everyone believes the Bible is either: fully divine, orRead More
January 2, 2013 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
When my friend told me she was knitting a scarf for her husband, I foolishly exclaimed, “But you don’t knit!” Foolish, I say, because she should know if she knits or doesn’t. She... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… ” (Proverbs 9:10)Read More
January 2, 2013 | Viewpoints | Dave Bergen
Mennonites and climateRead More
January 2, 2013 | Viewpoints |
As one year ends and another begins, the pundits package the highlights of the past and out of that attempt to project something of what lies ahead. It’s as if time stands still... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In our denomination the academic discipline known as theology is given a lofty position. But when I look at the influences that have formed me as a Christian, theology is just one... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
At the risk of sounding creepy, I like the way we Mennonites do funerals. Specifically, I like the way people act during the funerals and for a few hours after funerals. If only... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Carl DeGurse
There’s no end of hand-wringing these days in our churches of how to keep young adults interested. The “next” generation is leaving the church faster than hockey fans from a... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Continue the critique Re: “ ‘Political reminder’ disturbing ,” Editorial (Nov. 12, 2012, page 2).Read More
December 11, 2012 | Viewpoints |
As I write this last editorial of 2012, I am overcome with gratitude.Read More
December 11, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
It's tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens. After all, most faiths forbid adultery, and even before his fall from... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Viewpoints | Daniel Burke
I’m a sucker for politics. I read the papers, stay up late on election nights and get far too emotionally involved. But at the same time, I maintain a fundamental suspicion of... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
“Are you excited about the new IKEA store?” asked the woman I was visiting. Sheepishly I confessed that I was and then added, “Even though there is nothing I need in my house from... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
We are bombarded with thousands of advertising messages every day. As we approach the holidays it seems everywhere we turn we’re being targeted. Radio, TV, billboards, newspapers... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
The above request came to Philip from “Greeks” who had come to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. Whether the question came out of their curiosity about the triumphal entry or... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Viewpoints | Tim Froese
New Mennonite building can provide synergy Re: MCC’s big building rationale not compelling.Read More
November 21, 2012 | Viewpoints |
While I appreciate the widespread support for Canadian Mennonite when we broke the story in our last edition regarding Canada Revenue Agency reminding us about “political... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
During a July interview, Rick Cober Bauman—head of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario—spoke with much enthusiasm about the $12-million Menno complex now under construction... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
I’m fumbling for a third way to define sin. I recently led a Sunday-morning discussion in our church on the topic of the social gospel. In that discussion, I found it helpful to... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
I’ve been part of countless conversations where people deliberate over the state of the church. Among church veterans this usually revolves around what the church has lost or is... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Ever since being part of the North American Mennonite Church, I’ve appreciated the cyclical if not constant emphasis on leadership development. Self-development for personal... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Viewpoints | Dan Graber
Canada enjoys world-wide respect and admirationRead More
November 7, 2012 | Viewpoints |
When I received a registered letter from Canada Revenue Agency reminding me, as editor, of limitations on registered charities regarding partisan political activities, I took it... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I grew up in a church where 2 Timothy 3:16 was almost as important as John 3:16. It declares, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” This verse was quoted regularly to... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
This summer, as I watched the Olympics, I was amazed by the performances of the athletes. I was even more impressed by the stories of determination, dedication and discipline... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Viewpoints | Milly Siderius
On a cold, windy afternoon, the first snow is falling outside my office window. For many, this is a depressing sight, especially so early in October, but for me it heralds the... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Viewpoints | Vic Thiessen
Food shared with the hungry represents God’s tableRead More
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