Opinion

Last year was a tough one. Global concerns raged around us, including images of climate crisis and state-led violence that continued to swirl. I watched my church community... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
It will soon be congregational annual meeting season. Do you look forward to these meetings? Are they well attended in your congregation? In my congregation, the number of people... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Most of you have heard, and likely agree with, this statement: “You can’t put God in a box.” Of course, this means you can’t be put in a box either, for you are made in the image... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Just as Matthew 7:21 states, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,” not every intercultural church will experience the fullest stage of... Read More
January 11, 2024 | Opinion | Joon Park
Below are some bits that caught my attention from the last year of Canadian Mennonite magazine, and 13 headlines I like. Thanks be to God. A wall still exists, invisible and... Read More
December 22, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord. Save us, God our Savior, gather us and deliver us from the nations. From north to south, nowhere is safe in Gaza. For unto us a child is born... Read More
December 22, 2023 | Web First - Opinion | Sarah Ens
Starting in April, this magazine will be printed 12 times per year instead of 22. Many readers encouraged the change. In the Canadian Mennonite (CM) survey, carried out from July... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Editorial | Tobi Thiessen
Advent in light of current events Will Braun’s December 1 editorial ( “What kind of peace church are we?” ) asks what Palestinian Christians would think of our various statements... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion |
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker Alice Snyder (right) shows needlework done by rural and refugee women in Jordan and the West Bank to Esther Weber at the MCC Ontario... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
We have entered the days of Advent. It’s usually one of my favourite periods in the church calendar, but this year, the waiting is heavy. The candle is a tiny flicker in a world... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Geraldine Balzer
It’s that season where gifts are received, admired, beheld. When thinking about gifts, my thoughts turn to my friend, “Greg.” Greg is interesting for many reasons. He has spent... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
Christmas is the celebration of the Incarnation. Christmas says that Jesus became a human; a baby who went through the terrible twos, puberty, the teen years and a carpenter’s... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Randy Haluza-DeLay
I was on the cusp of starting a family, engaged to an honorable girl. It is one of the commands of scripture to “be fruitful and increase in number,” so marriage and then children... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Joshua Penfold
This six-part series draws on Kara Carter’s PhD studies, for which she conducted five focus groups with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada pastors. Advent celebrates the coming of... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | Kara Carter
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). These words of the apostle Paul are part of a... Read More
December 15, 2023 | Opinion | César García
As Israel obliterates Gaza, and hostages await sunlight, it’s easy to look away. Indeed, sometimes we must. Not everyone can take every war to heart. But this war demands... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun
Don’t ignore pain and rage I was encouraged to see Canadian Mennonite give space to understanding the conflict in Palestine that is currently so front and centre ( “Palestinian... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion |
Bishara Awad stands outside Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem in 1985. Awad, a Palestinian Christian, founded the school in 1979. He had previously served with Mennonite... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion |
In B.C. we’ve heard stories of churches in at least two denomina- tions choosing to use secondary or tertiary doctrines and opinions as litmus tests for belonging. These groups... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Shel Boese
It is exactly 100 years ago that my congregation, First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, divided over the issue of women’s head coverings. Two-thirds of the congregation left... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Arli Klassen
Curiosity is a powerful spiritual discipline. Curiosity has blessed me with many opportunities to spend time with kind, intelligent and reasonable people, in many different social... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Troy Watson
One of the contradictions I have observed in intercultural churches in North America is that, while they intentionally strive to welcome all people, almost all of them stubbornly... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Joon Park
This six-part series draws on Kara Carter’s PhD studies, for which she conducted five focus groups with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada pastors. “Relationships involve risk,” a... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Kara Carter
In her new book, Eating Like a Mennonite , Marlene Epp addresses the question of whether there is such a thing as “Mennonite food.” She assumes there is, and declares it should be... Read More
December 1, 2023 | Opinion | Barb Draper
“I will give you shepherds after my own heart who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” This is God’s beautiful promise in Jeremiah. Indeed, we need shepherds after God... Read More
November 16, 2023 | Editorial | Will Braun

Pages