Scads of cash is invested every year developing current and future pastors. This is important in so far as it shapes leaders and not managers, prophets and not puppets. Well-... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
To attend church in Winnipeg is a right that arises directly from Treaty 1. The signatures of Aboriginal leaders and Crown representatives on that 139-year-old document give me, a... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
The Wailin’ Jennys recorded a song on their debut album which included the following lines: “This is the sound of voices three / Singing together in harmony /Surrendering to the... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Viewpoints | Lorne Epp, Margaret Ewen-Peters and Patrick Preheim
The Lutherans have asked us to forgive them for their violent persecution of us in the 16th century, laying to rest, as the Mennonite World Conference reporter, Byron Rempel... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Think much about use of fruit? In January, Beryl Jantzi, a U.S. stewardship educator, told a gathering of pastors at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., that... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee
On a Friday afternoon in summer, chances are good you’ll find me with a few friends outside an ice cream stand, soaking in the pleasures of summer. Probably I’ll be licking a cone... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Farewell messages never feel adequate, with so many more challenges to identify, concerns to articulate, gratitude to express, and hopes to inspire. But one more time, I want to... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Robert J. Suderman
“One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable,” was one of the... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I spend a lot of time pondering leadership these days. I see the word everywhere. I suspect I could take a course on leadership every weekend of the year in our city. Despite all... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Viewpoints | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
As a fledgling whipper-snapper the great inherent threat to my young soul was said to be the subliminal messages being “backmasked” into music that would hoodwink me into becoming... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
On a cold, wet Sunday morning, May 5, 1935, Arthur Roth, his wife Melinda, and his mother, Mary Schrog Roth, made their way to church in East Zorra Township in southern Ontario... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Viewpoints | By Dave Rogalsky
Because we are a priesthood and not a hierarchy, this space is sparing in calling special attention to any one of its “priests.” But the occasion of the closing session of... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In our presumed sophistication as First World residents, we often consider ourselves a gift to the rest of the planet. By comparison, aren’t we far more educated, resourceful,... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Sometimes we find it helpful to use numbers as a way to gain perspective. Like the time I discussed a grievance with a consultant. He replied with numbers: “In my business, I’m... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Not only is the younger generation, labelled “natives” in my last editorial, holding authority and institutions in less regard, the modality of leadership has also changed in the... Read More
June 14, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
“Discernment” is the latest buzzword among leaders, not only in the church but also in corporate and business circles. Every day, it seems, a new book appears and promotes a new... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Viewpoints | Muriel Bechtel
This is my 30th New Order Voice column since Aiden Enns and I started writing for Canadian Mennonite five years ago. It’s not a huge milestone, but an occasional look back can be... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Nearly four score years ago Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote The Cost of Discipleship. Every Christian should read it because the German martyr was on to something: He exposed the... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
With Andrew Reesor-McDowell, moderator of Mennonite Church Canada, we are concerned about declining giving to centrally planned ministries of MC Canada. Giving to such ministries... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
There are many signs of good spiritual health in the body and ministry system that comprises Mennonite Church Canada. But there are also some worrisome trends. Over the past few... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Viewpoints | Andrew Reesor-McDowell
A number of years ago, my husband prepared to take a long trip, which meant we’d be apart for several months. I discussed this situation with a male colleague, who was also a... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
What comes to mind when you think of retirement: Florida, golf, hobbies, volunteering, generosity, inheritance, higher education, death, or what will I do if I don’t have enough... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
Not very, unfortunately. While Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is to be commended for its newly stated goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20 percent over the next 10 years... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
As I think back on my seven years of leadership in Mennonite Church British Columbia, I am filled with thanksgiving and hope at what has transpired and what I have experienced. In... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Gerd Bartel
My growing faith in Jesus has led me to see annual assemblies as increasingly blah. This feels inappropriate to say, yet necessary. By my actions, I declare my commitment to the... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns