Opinion

Recently, I attended a provincial court session. A released offender friend, “Clifford” (a pseudonym), had messed up rather significantly. It wasn’t a violent offence, but it was... Read More
May 8, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
On April 15, dramatic images of Paris’s burning Notre Dame Cathedral captured worldwide attention. Nearby, local citizens and tourists stood singing and praying in grief. Could it... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Story makes you wonder why church is actually leaving Re: “ Church of the Way to leave MC B.C. ,” March 4, page 15. The article says Church of the Way is joining the Evangelical... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
So I’m out walking in the beautiful spring sunshine and I pass a church that has a large empty parking lot with a sign that says “No Parking.” As I turn the corner, I see the... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Ken Warkentin
At a recent gathering of pastors, one man spoke of “a woman’s right to choose” with respect to pregnancy, then added, “I assume everyone here would agree with that.” In a room of... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
We “both have white uniforms,” joked Harold Schmidt in a letter to his girlfriend (later, wife) Enid Culp in 1942. Schmidt, left, was a cook at the Seymour Mountain conscientious... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
It was a year ago now, when we were packing up our life in Manila, embracing in tearful goodbyes and embarking on a new path. On our departure day, our home was still full of our... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
Confession is primarily between the individual and God, as I wrote about last month . Yet Scripture encourages us to confess our sins to one another (James 5:16). Why is this... Read More
April 24, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Confession: I once shooed a visitor away from “my” bench at church. (I was saving a spot for my husband.) Fortunately, the visitor stayed and I could apologize for my thoughtless... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Mennonite camps exist outside of Ontario and Manitoba Re: “Focus on Camping,” Feb. 18, pages 23-28. One might think from reading these stories that no Mennonite camps existed west... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
In 1893, Kitchener, Ont., businessman Jacob Y. Shantz secured land from the government and railway, and he promoted the Didsbury, Alta., settlement to eastern Mennonites. The West... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
“It isn’t the authority which is given to me, but the authority under whose I am,” was the answer of a friend when I asked, “So what is it like to wear a clerical collar?” In... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Cathrin van Sintern-Dick
Towards the end of 2006, I burned out as a full-time minister. I had failed to find adequate supports for my introverted spirit in an extroverted role. I chose not attend the... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Ed Olfert
“Women walking together in faith“ is such a fitting theme as I observe life around me this Easter season. The “walking together” part, which carries echoes of the two disciples... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Janette Thiessen
I have many fond memories of attending our annual national events over my lifetime, beginning in my youth at Great Treks and then as a young adult at assemblies. I remember... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Heidi Epp
How should Christians respond to the technology that seems to be taking over our lives? Should we welcome new technology as beneficial or should we be afraid of the future it will... Read More
April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Barb Draper
One morning in the second full week of Lent, I woke up to the first sign of Easter. It had been a dreary season of violence. In the beginning of March, a shooter injured six... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Thoughts for the Easter season The season of Lent and Easter is a time of mystery and power. God is much bigger and more than a warm security blanket wrapping the Earth, and... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV). Most likely, you have heard these words during... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Jason Martin
This adorable, and very formal, group is the “graduating class” of the Steinmann Mennonite Church Kindergarten in Baden, Ont., in 1964. The Kindergarten was started in 1962 by the... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Laureen Harder-Gissing
A Winnipeg winter has many pleasures: plentiful sunshine, thick river ice for skating, cozy cafés and a wealth of artistic treasures. A Winnipeg winter is also long and... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Melissa Miller
The other day I hosted a diverse group of women from church: some single, some widowed, some married with kids, some married without kids, some in their 20s and some in their 80s... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Christina Bartel Barkman
This Lenten season I find myself reflecting on the spiritual discipline of confession. What does a healthy practice of confession look like both individually and collectively?... Read More
March 27, 2019 | Opinion | Troy Watson
Do you remember those family car trips? In the front seat, Mom and Dad are navigating, driving and planning for the next pit stop. In the back seats, kids are staking out their... Read More
March 13, 2019 | Editorial | Virginia A. Hostetler
Should Thrift Store purchases be ‘designated’ to First Nations communities? Re: “ MCC Canada cuts Canadian programs to focus on advocacy ,” Feb. 4, page 14. This article raises... Read More
March 13, 2019 | Opinion | Various Contributors

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