Opinion

Why go to all the trouble of producing a new hymnal? The Gesangbuch commission of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada faced this question in 1961. The 1942 version, it was felt... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
At the end of the infamous year 2020, I retired from pastoral ministry. Again. We’ll see if it “takes” this time. Looking back, I am reminded that, at different times in my... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
The Buddhist nun looked across the table and asked me if Christians were taught how to practise faith. “Is Christian faith only beliefs that you try to internalize? Or do you do... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay 
My youngest daughter Ruth can be a little firecracker. We say that she’s sweet and spicy. Sometimes she can get into a real funk, though, and I can feel lost as to how to help her... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
As human beings, we’re generally pretty lousy at grace. We long for it in our deepest and truest moments, and we desperately need it, God knows. But we often struggle to receive... Read More
January 13, 2021 | Opinion | Ryan Dueck
Professionals in the field of journalism have sometimes called their news content the “first draft of history.” News reporting pulls together facts—who, what, where, when, why,... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Relationships, not rituals, are what’s important Mennonite Church Canada’s online study conference, “Table talk: Does the church still have legs,” had thought-provoking talks. In... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion |
Happy New Year. In reflecting on the church for 2021, I’ve been impacted by my experience creating virtual choirs—those videos where choristers sing at home, into their phone, and... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
I read with great interest the many articles about how different churches are responding to the pandemic and government restrictions. There are many! Because there are many ways... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
In 2013 I went on a pilgrimage to Scotland to explore my family roots and the “thin places” and sacred sites in the land of my ancestors. I arrived at the Glasgow airport shortly... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Expectations. We all have them. We have expectations of others, and expectations placed upon us. Meeting expectations can be especially conflicting when navigating between... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion | Mollee Moua
The 1973 motto for the annual Conference of the United Mennonite Churches of B.C. was “Evangelism that cares.” Sessions were hosted by two churches in Vancouver: First United... Read More
December 30, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
The carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” paints a Christmas card picture of the ancient town of the Nativity: sparkling stars lighting quiet streets, a Holy Baby resting in a manger... Read More
December 16, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
(This Viewpoint piece was inspired by Christina Bartel Barkman’s recent “ Marriage and conflict ” column.) Conflicts seem to occur even in the best marriages, and sometimes even... Read More
December 16, 2020 | Opinion | Helmut Lemke
By everything that is right and good, Helen Penner's life should have been celebrated with singing. Singing was a passion for her and her late husband John, and they ensured their... Read More
December 16, 2020 | Opinion | Carl DeGurse
Let me tell you a story. A couple of years ago, our church council did some brainstorming around how to begin reaching out to our neighbours. Because our church is located in a... Read More
December 16, 2020 | Opinion | Anna-Lisa Salo
As Christmas approaches, many of us are thinking about gifts. The beautifully wrapped packages under the Christmas tree, of course. Also other types of gifts—the kind that we can... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Liberals let off easy in Tommy Prince feature Re: “ Expanding the reconciliation tent ,” Oct. 12, page 4. This unnecessarily politicized article comes across as a subtle... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion |
In the early 2000s, I sat in the church office of Pastor Wang in southern China. He was lamenting the fact that 300 people from his congregation had signed up to take baptismal... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Jeanette Hanson
The Rosedale Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (also known as Holdeman) is in the community of Crooked Creek, Alta. This photo is from the 1970s, but the community began in 1928... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I have a friend. Her name is Samantha (a pseudonym). I called Samantha last night and invited her to a church service next Sunday. It will be an Eternity service, during which... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Advent is the season of waiting for the gift to come. Advent moves into the season of Christmas, which ends at Epiphany, when the Magi—possibly Zoroastrians—famously gave gifts to... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
What do you do when you maybe don’t believe the Bible—or at least a particular part of it? Amos 3 has a list of rhetorical questions from God: “ Does a lion roar in the thicket... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
My grandfather smoked, but I didn’t know it. Grandma didn’t want us to see him smoking and pick up the habit, but they agreed he could continue as long as it was out of sight. I... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Matthew Froese
When the death of George Floyd sparked race-related demonstrations across North America earlier this year, one of our deacons asked, “What can we do in response to this?” My... Read More
December 2, 2020 | Opinion | Donna Schulz

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