Opinion

Long ago I studied both sociology and theology, and I remain intrigued by the relationships between culture and faith. We can’t have one without the other. Which influences the... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Being authentic has always been important to me. However, what authenticity means or looks like isn’t always as straightforward as I’d like. Especially as a pastor. One of the... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Going right back to Menno himself, Mennonites have valued simplicity. But to what extent has this ethos survived the age of gadget-saturation, relentless advertising and soul-... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Will Braun
How can Mennonite historical sites become sites of decolonization and reconciliation? This question has challenged and inspired my husband Joshua and me for the past four years,... Read More
September 22, 2021 | Opinion | Laura Enns
Nonviolence is the greatest ideal and goal Re: “ Finding a balance between pacifism and reality ” letter, Aug. 16, page 8. Like the letter writer, for much of my life I found... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion |
Winston Churchill, Great Britain’s Second-World-War-era prime minister, famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Or maybe it was Rahm Emanuel, former White House... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Michael Pahl
David Hunsberger’s photos are normally more well-composed. But it appears he saw the expression of expectation and joy on the face of music teacher Doris Moyer and he couldn’t... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
On my mantel stands a pack of smokes. It’s in a place of honour. It’s probably been 50 years since I last purchased cigarettes for my own use. It’s a phase that came and went... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
“Who says they have enough money? We’ve never heard such a thing!” blurted the students at a Christian college at which I used to teach. I had just told them that I was going on... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Occasionally, if my wife Rebecca doesn’t get home when I was expecting her, my mind will become morbidly creative. I mustn’t be the only one who has “daymares” of their spouse... Read More
September 8, 2021 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
Sibiri Samuel Zongo, a student at LOGOS University in Burkina Faso, lamented that the church in Africa is “like a canoe that passes without leaving a trace.” Anicka Fast, serving... Read More
September 7, 2021 | Web First - Opinion | Anicka Fast
A rant is taking shape in your brain, anger is seething in your gut, your finger is poised over the “post” button. What could possibly go wrong? One option is to step away from... Read More
August 25, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
There is no question that COVID-19 has been disruptive. We, like the Israelites, found ourselves wandering in the wilderness, anxious to get back to normal. We have realized that... Read More
August 25, 2021 | Opinion | Marilyn Rudy-Froese
I’m not naturally a morning person; it usually takes a lot to get me started at the beginning of my day. But this last Wednesday, I set my alarm a little earlier and bounced up... Read More
August 25, 2021 | Opinion | Caleb Kowalko
What can services look like without music? Mennonites express their unity and diversity through singing together. The coronavirus pandemic silenced many voices for the sake of... Read More
August 25, 2021 | Opinion |
The correlation is unavoidable. Some of the areas with the lowest vaccination rates in Canada are areas inhabited by lots of Mennonites. The Globe and Mail reported on vaccination... Read More
August 25, 2021 | Opinion | Will Braun
The COVID-19 coronavirus will be with us for a while; that’s what the health experts are saying. What does this mean for our churches and communities? A picture is starting to... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
‘Big’ farmers can be ‘Christians with a conscience’ too Re: “ Germinating conversations ,” June 7, page 16. It seems to me that this article has been written with a negative... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Opinion |
He discretely looked to the left, then to the right and said quietly, “Why don’t we talk about evangelism in this denomination?” I grinned and replied, “Ever seen the movie A... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Opinion | Doug Klassen
The German-language periodical Der Bote was begun in Rosthern, Sask., in 1924, to connect Mennonites in Russia, Canada, the United States and Latin America. It had generations of... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Opinion | Conrad Stoesz
Church is not the building. We’ve heard that often over the last 18 months. But now that some congregations are back in their building, with the rest trying to figure it out, I... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
I was about to take a shower, and for some reason, I looked at myself in the mirror. Rookie mistake. You see, I’ve gained 5.5 kilograms in the last year and, without access to my... Read More
August 11, 2021 | Opinion | Troy Watson
This past year, I followed a honey gatherer up Macedonian hills, watched a recording session with a legendary jazz singer, witnessed the political turmoil within Denmark’s... Read More
July 28, 2021 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
A long time ago I told God that I was his, and that I would follow him wherever he led me. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to decipher God’s leading! Does that still small... Read More
July 28, 2021 | Opinion | Gerry Binnema

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