Windows opened wider in breakouts and workshops

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Conference speaker Thomas Yoder Neufeld’s beautifully articulated challenge to open the windows of understanding in worship of Christ was augmented by two concurrent plenary options and four workshops.

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Biography invites love of neighbours

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Urban Saint: The Harry Lehotsky Story
Author: Paul H. Boge
Engineer Paul Boge’s latest literary effort, The Urban Saint, is a biography of Winnipeg legend Harry Lehotsky. Author of two works of fiction, a biography of a Kenyan street children’s rescue ministry founder, and a full-length feature film, Boge leapt at the invitation to write the life story of minister, activist, inner city resident, community organizer, father, husband, and friend Harry Lehotsky.

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New global map locates 1.6 million Anabaptists

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A new Mennonite World Conference map shows that Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and related churches (national conferences) can now be found in 80 countries around the world.

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“What is my purpose?”

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

They had been three good days of sitting with the brothers and sisters of our conference and wrestling together about the language of our common faith. How do we confess Christ in a pluralistic culture?

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About this issue, and a personal note

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Christmas season holds in holy tension the extremes of the incarnation, between the “Lord of lords, and king of kings” of the Hallelujah chorus, and the lullabies cooed because God came as an infant.

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December Transitions 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Introducing Tom Koop, Mark Burch

Farewell to Jamie Reimer, Joy Klassen, Bob Capelle

Borden MB Church closes

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The dad who was there

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fathers have been getting a bad rap in our society. Some of it is well deserved. The ranks of fatherhood contain way too many deadbeat dads and wife-beaters, self-absorbed workaholics and perpetual adolescents. Or men who are simply absent from their children’s lives. Nowadays we are even apt to dismiss the earnest responsible types as nostalgic Ward Cleaver wannabes.

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Hope for the depressed

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just One More Day: Meditations for those who struggle with anxiety and depression
Author: Beverlee Buller Keck
In Just One More Day: Meditations for Those Who Struggle with Anxiety and Depression, Beverlee Buller Keck attempts to diffuse some of the trepidation that accompanies the topic of anxiety and depression. Her hope is that this book of 40 daily meditations, containing some principles and tools she relied on as she journeyed down the road to recovery, will help others as they have helped her.

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Lutheran statement expresses ‘deep regret’

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has taken another critical step toward reconciliation with Anabaptists. At its October meeting near Geneva, the council unanimously recommended that the LWF Eleventh Assembly adopt the statement, “Action on the Legacy of Lutheran Persecution of ‘Anabaptists’,” when it meets in Stuttgart, Germany, in July 2010.

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The challenge of discerning God’s direction for us

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It was gratifying to see more than 200 people register for the study conference in Saskatoon. The presence of a lot of young adults added a wonderful dimension to the event. Still, I dream of a deeper commitment in our body to the value of assembling to discern God’s direction. I’d love to see 400 attend the study conference!

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Rich content, too little time mark study conference on Christology

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Colliding expectations, a sub-topic that nearly upstaged the main topic, and frustration over too little time to process it all characterized the MB study conference held Oct. 15-17 in Saskatoon.

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Humour flavours candid memoir

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Mission with Passion: Glimpses into the life of a surgeon
Author: Frank Duersken
Frank Duerksen is an orthopedic surgeon based in Winnipeg, world-renowned for his work with reconstructive surgery on people with leprosy. Now retired, he looks back over his life, offering us vignettes of his work as a surgeon in Paraguay, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Canada.

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Book notes

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Books Profiled: Nightwatch: An Inquiry Into Solitude: Alone on the Prairie with the Hutterites, Author: Robert Rhodes; He Flew Too High, Author: Ken Yoder Reed

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Newsbriefs

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pearson Challenge kick off; Call for dialogue and reconciliation in Honduran church; Study regarding parental actions; Series of Devotionals proposed; Office of ministry inquiry by CMU; SETIA students evicted; Computer program launched in Kenya; Displaced peoples in Colombia; Proposal to accept Anglican ministers; Correction to November, 2009 article

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Churches prepare for Olympic opportunity

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thousands of Christians are joining their efforts to get ready for 300,000 visitors who will come to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver-Whistler. The games start on Feb. 12, followed by the Paralympic Games in March, so it’s a major enterprise with many opportunities.

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