Reverend Fun

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

That’s the best one-start hotel that I’ve ever seen…..

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Youth convention speaker raises eyebrows

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

No one would call Shane Claiborne boring. Claiborne looks and sounds like an Old Testament prophet, sporting dreadlocks, boldly questioning wealth, and calling for justice for the poor. He makes a lot of people – including Christians – uncomfortable. So it’s not surprising that Claiborne’s selection as one of two keynote speakers scheduled for the U.S. Mennonite Brethren conference’s 2011 youth convention in San Antonio, Texas, (SA2011), raised questions among some constituents.

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Trick or…eat?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oct. 31 found more than dressed-up children strolling the streets of St. Catharines, Ont., hoping for a handout. Through their involvement with Bridges, volunteers from three MB churches collected food for Community Care, a local nonprofit organization serving people in need.

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About this issue

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One of the best Christmas gifts I ever got was a passing comment from my dad. I was in my mid-teens, and I made some remark lamenting the increasing consumerism of the holidays, and how we ought to put the true meaning of the season back into our Christmas celebrations.

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Letters

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lets step up our discipleship game, re: October; Thankful, yet left to wonder, re: October; Help our youth pastors, re: Youth Pastor resignation

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Leadership development: a priority for CCMBC executive board

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The executive board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) convened in Winnipeg, Oct. 14–16, at Eastview Community Church. Leadership development ranked high on the agenda.

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Former director counts cost of mission

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mennonite Brethren in Global Mission: Observations and Reflections, 1966-2006
Author: Harold Ens
In this study of the global mission work done by Mennonite Brethren in the last 40 years, the author provides an excellent perspective on the work of the MBs worldwide, but at the same time allows the reader to catch a glimpse of someone who has personally been involved. The author writes of his own participation with humility, honesty, tact, and passion.

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Mennonite madness examined

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mennonites are not unique in their experience of mental illness, but they have, at times, stood out from society in their compassionate response to it. That was one of the themes that emerged at this year’s iteration of the annual Divergent Voices of Mennonites in Canada conference, “Mennonites, Melancholy and Mental Health: An Historical Critique,” hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Man., Oct. 14–16.

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B.C. MB leaders seek impact on campuses

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Twenty-two B.C. pastors, university chaplains, and campus workers gathered in Whistler, B.C., for a two-day retreat Oct. 28–29, to think, pray, and plan toward more effective engagement of college and university students.

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Decades-old film speaks to modern issues

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“It’s a timeless piece,” says David Dueck, producer of And When They Shall Ask. “It’s not just a Mennonite story; it’s a human rights issue.” The feature-length docu-drama about Mennonites, which focuses particularly on the experience in Imperial and Soviet Russia, has been re-released on DVD in 2010 with 50 minutes of bonus features added.

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News briefs

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Living Gift from Ten Thousand Villages; MWC pays “carbon tax;” Prisons won’t create safety; Manitoba calls public health emergency in northern community; MCC’s food account lowest in years; YWAM celebrates 50th anniversary; Book to help Ukrainians recover ehtnic history; CMU student earns essay recognition; Mennonite Church USA pastor on probation; Canada to resettle up to 8,600 more refugees; Record enrollments for Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University; MEDA has new friend in Canada’s governor general

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A traditional calendar of Christmas

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quadregesima of Saint Philip begins: 40-day Advent fast of Byzantine Rite Christians St. Andrew’s Day: One of the 12 apostles, martyred on Patmos. Beginning of the Advent season…

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Net worth

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Websites Profiled: MB Historical Commission’s website; Foldit video game; SongSuggest

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Film notes

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Films Profiled: Radical Followers of Jesus; Stories of Service

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Hark, the seminarians write

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary has released its third Advent devotional booklet. A seminary staff or faculty member, student, or alumnus from MBBS–Canada and MBBS–Fresno, Cal., provides reflection for each day of the Advent season, Nov. 28–Dec. 25.

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