Opinion

Can you believe that I proposed to my wife in a cemetery? It wasn’t premeditated. We went for a walk and ended up there. That’s when it felt right. I got down on one knee like a... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
My grandfather, Harry Giesbrecht, referred to the country, language and people of Ukraine as his “beating heart.” The many trips back “home” breathed life into his aging lungs... Read More
March 30, 2022 | Opinion | Michael Wilms
As I write, the horrific attacks on the people of Ukraine continue, but recently I witnessed a sign of beauty amidst the chaos . Standing in a grey bomb shelter, with pipes... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
A pastoral letter regarding Ukraine Beloved sisters and brothers in Ukraine: Today, war has come to your homeland. We grieve the danger, death and destruction that this plague... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion |
“Life can be real / on a snowmobile,” croons Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors in one of his many songs about Canadian life and culture. As someone who occasionally... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Curtis Wiens
Mennonite Publishing House occupies a corner in the Kitchener (Ont.) Auditorium with its bookstand at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in 1962. Three women in the... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
In my federal voting life, I have voted only for the Liberal party. When I suggested that as the opening sentence for my next Canadian Mennonite column, my two eldest... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
The very day that Russia sent tanks across the Ukrainian border, a book on nonviolence arrived at my door. Sometimes I wonder if God does that sort of thing intentionally. As an... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
As I read through long lists of descendants in the first chapters of First Chronicles, some names are familiar, like the sons of Jacob and other names I’ve encountered in Matthew’... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
What would you do if you heard that all life on earth was about to end? This is the premise behind Don’t Look Up , an Academy Awards best-picture nominee, released on Netflix in... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Opinion | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic came into the lives of Canadians, this magazine has published many accounts of life in pandemic times. There have been reports on how... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Thank you for sharing Janzen tribute Re: “ Simple wonder, peculiar generosity ,” Jan. 24, page 4. I recall meeting Annie Janzen for the first time at an event hosted at/by... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion |
After four decades of ministry primarily focused on youth, young adults and young leaders, I welcomed the invitation to become the director of congregational ministries within... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Kathy Giesbrecht
At the 1970 Conference of Mennonites in Canada annual sessions in Winkler, Man., Waldemar Janzen, a Canadian Mennonite Bible College professor, gave a report on young people,... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
I smiled seeing a friend post on Facebook, tongue firmly in cheek, that civil disobedience is fine as long as he agrees with the issue. I’ve participated in my share of protest... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I’m not sure what happened over the past two years. Maybe I finally accepted that it’s over. We’ve passed the point of no return. Climate change; democracy collapse; and the death... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. When tensions grow, positions harden, and hearts grow cold, we call for Canadians to pause, step back and reflect. We see that (on Feb. 3)... Read More
March 2, 2022 | Opinion |
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” This proverb, attributed to the first-century Greek philosopher Epictetus, is still good advice... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
MC Canada executive ministers release statement on ‘freedom rallies’ The day after thousands of truckers and other protesters converged on Parliament Hill in late January to call... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Opinion |
These three words, at least for me, capture strong feelings I experience as I work with congregations and pastoral leaders at this time. We have entered a time when we are not... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Opinion | Al Rempel
This is a photo of the home of Bernhard Klippenstein (1880-1973) and Maria (nee Dyck) Klippenstein (1882-1956) in Waldheim, Northwest Territories. They moved from Altbergthal,... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
A friend called last week. Tony (a pseudonym) had undergone surgery in a Saskatoon hospital, had recuperated for a number of days, and was needing a ride home to Prince Albert,... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Warning: Spoiler alert for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns . I have a mental list of Disney movies I wish would end differently, movies that might actually pack a better punch if... Read More
February 16, 2022 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
In the final days of January, a Christian acquaintance of mine started sharing social media posts supporting the “Freedom convoy” of truckers driving across Canada. The... Read More
February 2, 2022 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler

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