To my family, Since our Saskatchewan correspondent wanted to write about caring for seniors in the church (p. 4), I wanted to share some personal thoughts triggered by her... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Seven years ago one of my professors suggested our class watch the television series LOST to better understand life in postmodernity . I followed up on the homework assignment and... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Viewpoints | Troy Watson
When was the last time you prayed for your treasurer or thanked him or her for his or her work? Your treasurer is a key person in church operations and carries a great deal of... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
I am crocheting a baby afghan. The soft, multi-coloured yarn slides through my fingers. I catch it on the end a hook, spin and loop it into the expanding blanket. My cat lies... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Come to the defence of ‘God’s great gift’ In the beginning—13.7 billion years ago—God created the heavens, also known as the universe; 4.5 billion years ago God created our planet... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Viewpoints |
Stuart Murray, the “outsider” Anabaptist, is making his rounds in our circles with his book The Naked Anabaptist and Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest, is making his way into... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I am not new to the pages of this magazine—having written columns and occasional articles for five years—but allow me to begin my new role as a regular staff writer by offering... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
One of the things that I enjoy most about winter is that it’s curling season. Each Monday morning I join our local clergy curling club for some spirited fun on the ice. Curling is... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | David Martin
In my last column, “Yet another outspoken white man,” Nov. 14, 2011, page 10, I tried to indicate my struggle with male dominance among us Mennonites. I listed 21 white men that... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
On a rainy Lower Mainland Friday night my son and I hit the slopes. It turned out to be a beautiful evening on the mountain, where the rain turned to snow and the coniferous trees... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Gender identity not just based on biology Re: “Letters to my sister,” Oct. 31 , Nov. 14 and 28 . These letters reflect an honest attempt at informed dialogue which is often... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints |
Reflecting recently on 57 years of writing as “an icon of Canadian literature,” Ruby Wiebe told an overflow audience at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., that one... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
When Felix Mendelssohn died in 1847 aged 38, it marked the close of a life which increasingly was lived in the glare and demands of great fame, public adulation, high honours at... Read More
January 17, 2012 | Web First - Opinion | Book review by Janet Rutledge
“Why plant a new church?” It’s a legitimate question and, as a church planter, one I have heard often. With most churches in decline, and more than a few closing altogether, does... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
While driving to work the other morning I was listening to the radio, as I usually do. The program host had a guest on the show and they were discussing seasonal tipping etiquette... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Daniel Horne
In the last few columns, I’ve written about different ways to manage conflict, including avoidance, competition, accommodation and compromise. Each of these responses can be quite... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The Ebenezer stone represented a fresh beginning, a reversal of course for God’s people. It also said something important about God: his mercies were everlasting; his covenant was... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Learn from the Bible, not cults or other religions Re: “ Learning from diverse faiths ,” Nov. 14, page 4. I was surprised and disappointed with the article about learning from... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints |
Rachel Bergen, national correspondent, has been re-assigned as co-editor of Young Voices, and New Order Voice columnist Will Braun has been hired as senior writer. Both will work... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Editorial |
As we enter the year 2012, one of my goals for Canadian Mennonite and for its primary readership—members of the faith community of Mennonite Church Canada—is to maintain a high... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Recently, our small group embarked on a series entitled “Exploring spirituality through powerlessness.” The intent of this group is to take a look at a 12-step program—designed... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
Ev er been pulled like plastic wrap over a warm roast pan? I was cleaning up after a great meal prepared by my beautiful wife. The roast pan had some leftovers, well, left over,... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
1. The church is wounding people deeply based on sexual orientation. This is not what God wants. We must do better. 2. As a university student in 1993, I attended a meeting about... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Letters in response to sexuality issues Re: “ There is hope for those who want to leave the gay lifestyle ” letter, Oct. 17, pg . 7. Yes, there is hope for gay persons, just as... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints |
An Ontario pastor raised the question of not defining proof-texting and challenged my guideline of wanting only “new information” when calling for a “reasoned discussion” on... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner