You and Mary run a lemonade stand as 50/50 owners. You opened for business on a handshake. Mary dies. Do you still have a business? Mary’s husband or child may be your new... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Viewpoints | Kevin Davidson
The decisions we make as parents have long-term implications. This obvious reality made itself even more clear to me one night recently when we hosted our young adult son and... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Following the wrong drummer to Parliament Hill The first in Dick Benner’s elections editorials, “ Vote your core beliefs ,” April 18, page 2, should have spoken to our... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Viewpoints |
Have we learned anything about resolving church conflict in the past 50 years? After reading the painful account of the German/English language dissension resulting in several... Read More
June 21, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
According to a tract produced by a Holdeman group, television is “rocking people to sleep morally and spiritually.” I agree with our Anabaptist cousins—however outdated they sound... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
A few months ago our four-year-old daughter was overheard singing a song with only one line, which she repeated irritatingly till my patient wife didn’t know whether to laugh or... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Mennonites are in a unique position in this era of mission. Arthur Boers, author and seminary professor, notes that we sit in that uncomfortable place between the mainline and the... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Viewpoints | Brian Bauman
In search of a ‘relational’ theologian Thank you very much for your editorial, “ Habits of Repair ,” May 2, page 2. Your report of the three-day conference on attachment theory,... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Viewpoints |
“If we step back and review the letters to the editor in this magazine over the past several years, we generally find debates in the church and religion framed in terms of... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Divorce can be seen as a double-edged sword that cuts two ways, with the potential to bring both pain and healing. With one edge, it ends a marriage and there is great loss and... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“ But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Viewpoints | Sherri Grosz
It’s no secret. Throughout church history, the unchurched have watched Christians closely, ready to assess, evaluate and judge how God’s people act and respond to the world around... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Viewpoints | Willard Metzger
Stop ‘cherry picking’ the Bible Re: “ Bible teaches against women in ministry ” letter, April 4, page 12. Peter Rempel reminds us that the Bible teaches against women in ministry... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Viewpoints |
The case for Mennonite schools is an increasingly complicated one as the values of our religious system and that of the dominant culture, of which we are a part, both change. On... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I find hope as I tend to my mystical side. As a youth growing up in church, I did this through prayer. But, in spite of my earnestness, it often felt formulaic and contrived. In... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints | by Aiden Enns
Capitulation is tantalizing. Tucking our tails is tempting. This is why stories of the persevering human spirit are so inspirational. Those who overcome the black hole of... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Phil Wagler
Finding a good fit in a pastor is not an easy thing. Meeting a congregation’s present reality and hopes for the future is a daunting task for a search committee—given that we give... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Garry Janzen
Prayer needed as MC Canada prepares to downsize Re: “‘ The signs are clear ’: MC Canada leadership discerns a smaller church system,” April 4, page 18. While the factors feeding... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints |
As an American living and working in Canada, I am both intrigued and saddened by two political events of the past ten days in these two North American countries—the take-out of... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
As a relative newcomer to the Canadian scene, I found Driedger’s latest book on the Mennonites in Winnipeg, his 19th, a virtual map as he traces their development in what has... Read More
May 2, 2011 | Web First - Opinion | Review by Dick Benner, editor/publisher
Most regular readers of Canadian Mennonite now know that Mennonite Church Canada is adopting a smaller structure to reduce ministry expenditures by a half-million dollars. The... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Dan Dyck
I’ve imagined a column with this title for some time. While it sounds more than a little presumptuous, it is a topic to which I’ve given a great deal of thought. For starters, as... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
As parents, many of us go to great lengths to ensure that our children and youths get the best of everything. We sign them up for hockey camps, music and snowboarding lessons,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | Donald Brooker
Call on whatever God you worship for comfort when grieving I was interested in “ A heart for grieving people ,” March 7, page 22, which featured Hank Friesen in his role as an... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints |
Not in my lifetime did I imagine that neuroscience and the Anabaptist construct of “community” would come together as a paradigm shift “away from the cult of the individual and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner