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
When I popped the engagement question I was pretty sure what the answer would be. I was 100 percent sure she was the one for me and 99 percent sure she felt the same. As the... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Sometimes it takes an outsider to tell us quiet, unassuming Mennonites that we do indeed have clothes. Stuart Murray, a British biblical scholar from the Baptist tradition who has... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In a Google world where millions of written works are at your fingertips, it’s tough for the average user to discern appropriate resources for Christian formation, leadership,... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Viewpoints | Arlyn Friesen Epp
A season of weddings. That’s what I see as I look ahead to the next few months. Many of the children born in the 1980s are now young adults falling in love, pledging their troth... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
“Who will take care of our children if something happens to us?” The decision about guardianship of minor children is one of the major hurdles facing parents when writing a will... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Viewpoints | Take good care of your children
There are people who feel entirely settled in their lives. They feel confident about their location, occupation and calling in life. Then there are the rest of us. We’re not so... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Before reading any further, answer this question: What is the gospel? You didn’t do it, did you? You just kept reading. Bad reader. Return to line one. Thanks. Many Christians go... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
James Brenneman has dropped a bombshell. At first blush, I decided not to join the fray over Goshen College’s decision to play the American national anthem at some sporting events... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Speech seems to be on the public mind these days. As I write this, much of the Canadian press and Ottawa University seem to be in a spat over the sanctity of free speech springing... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Recently I took my sick cat to the vet, who diagnosed him as having a significant tumour lodged in his intestines. That explained the odd behaviour we’d observed, like him using... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Are you somewhat jealous of your teacher friends, who, in their early 50s, are already counting the days, only a few years away, when they can say goodbye to their day job while... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Viewpoints | Mike Strathdee