Opinion

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
Small Town Murder Songs is a Canadian movie with a Mennonite connection, first shown at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The story, set in what is supposedly a small... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First - Opinion | Barb Draper, book editor
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who spoke out against the Nazis, has been a controversial figure. Mennonites have valued him for his book, The Cost of Discipleship ,... Read More
January 25, 2011 | Web First - Opinion | Barb Draper, book editor
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
Nightwatch is a gentle and introspective book, written by an outsider who has chosen to live within a Hutterite community. This outsider perspective reveals different facets of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Web First - Opinion | Review by Eckhard Goerz
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
Just released in Canada Chanting Denied Shores by Tariq Malik is a book I have been waiting for. This is an historical novel based on the true story of the Komagata Maru, a ship... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First - Opinion | Book Review by Sultan Somjee
I am not exactly a fan of the Christian Right. I was therefore surprised at my growing negative reaction as I read McDonald’s engaging description of the rise of the Christian... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First - Opinion | Review by Elmer J.Thiessen
In a culture that places a high premium on the consumer marketplace, U.S. churches have become too willing to embrace a "market mentality" in trying to attract followers, says a... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First - Opinion | By Chris Herlinger
About Those Reimers vividly demonstrates how much of one’s life is determined by factors outside one’s control. Elizabeth Reimer Bartel begins her memoir, not with her birth, but... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First - Opinion | Dora Dueck
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

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