Opinion

The church, or congregation, as a “royal priesthood” was announced as one of our core beliefs by the Anabaptist Reformers nearly 500 years ago, setting us apart from our Catholic-... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I am increasingly convinced that most unsavoury behaviour in our world, particularly unkind and violent behaviour, can be traced back to fear. It is not surprising that biblical... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Jerry Buhler
Our government’s attitude towards offenders is clear. It wants to see them punished. It wants tougher laws, longer sentences and bigger prisons. Ottawa recently announced 3,000... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Where were you on Feb. 28, 2010? For Canadians, that was the glorious day of the golden goal: St. Sidney’s slick shot that eluded American goaltender Ryan Miller. Not only did... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
It’s been some week. As I write this several days after a stubborn dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has finally stepped down in Egypt, there is a feeling of relief even though the event... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Indeed the body does not consist of one member, but of many (I Corinthians 12:14). Mennonite Church Canada has identified the challenge of growing leaders for the church as one of... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Viewpoints | Karen Martens Zimmerly
In early December, The Globe and Mail reported that the number of Canadians making charitable donations has dropped, the average age of donors has risen to 53, and the total... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Viewpoints | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen
We live in a complex and rapidly changing world, a world that brings about dramatic changes in family lives. Most of us have personal experience with one or more of the following... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
We do have a website, dear readers, a recently re-designed one, in fact. And we know many of you are reading Canadian Mennonite online. Our Google Analytics tell us that as many... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
As I look into the future, I find myself grieving the death of the Mennonite church. My sense is that the Mennonite church as we have known it is dying and that there is nothing... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Viewpoints | David Martin
Many of us like being rich. Moreover, many of us, myself included, like to be seen as being rich. And this, it seems, is contrary to the gospel of Jesus, who preached “woe to the... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
Human ingenuity cranks out things that are windows into the heart of the age. Our technological dreamworks become tools of convenience, toys of amusement, gadgets of annoyance,... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Joe Neufeld puts his finger on an important artificial divide in our congregational care-giving (page 4) when he raises the spectre of perceiving some aspects “sacred”—and thus... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
As a Mennonite, peace is a part of my everyday vocabulary. I know it is a good thing—Jesus is the Prince of Peace after all—and I know that peace is found in right relationships,... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Maria Krause
This fall, a controversial exhibition in Winnipeg, Man., grabbed my attention. After weeks of plodding mindlessly past graphic advertisements with bold letters announcing “Bodies... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
I was chatting with friends about the good old days. We recalled becoming independent adults and making our own decisions. We laughed as we reminisced about the wise decisions as... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Sherri Grosz
How do we understand the “new” in this New Year? That which is new isn’t always new, at least in the sense of having never existed before. Anyone who has worn a sibling’s hand-me-... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
As a people of hope, what should we, as a Mennonite faith community, expect on the road ahead in 2011? If the past is prelude, as the adage goes, there are road signs, some of... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I’m not good at faking my way through situations. That goes for Christmas, too. I can’t pretend that the tender mystery of Emmanuel—God with us—somehow rises above the glittery... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Viewpoints | Mourning for a lost Christmas
The most unsettling participants in the “Christmas story” are the most biblically literate. Asked by magi where the king of the Jews was to be born, King Herod turns to expert... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Somewhere along our journey with youth ministry I believe many of us took a wrong turn. We headed in a direction that had us increasingly isolating our youths from the life of the... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Viewpoints | Kathy Giesbrecht
Two Advent themes should bring us to our feet this season: surprise and waiting. In our hurried, harassed lives, we are probably prepared for neither. With WikiLeaks heaping a... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
The daily bombardment of advertising from radio, billboards, newspapers, the Internet, fliers and TV leaves me discouraged and fatigued. Relentless messages urge me to cling to an... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Viewpoints | Janet Plenert
On the first Sunday of Advent, many of us will hear the proclamation, “ The Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour ” (Matthew 25:44). Advent worship resources from The Leader... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Preparing your personal will in light of the Lord’s Prayer makes a lot of sense if you seek to do God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. As Christians, we acknowledge that... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Viewpoints | Arnie Friesen

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