Confessions of a “Naked Anabaptist”

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stuart Murray in his book, The Naked Anabaptist, suggests that many Anabaptists around the world are part of traditions we wouldn’t readily associate with Anabaptism. According to Murray, they practice a stripped down or “naked” form of Anabaptism

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Navigating the waters

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Since the 1970s, Mennonite Brethren have claimed the unusual title of evangelical Anabaptists. Through the decades, we’ve found ways to blend two broad theological streams into one current of church ministry and life.

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A guided tour of the currents

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How the MB Herald shaped our attitudes about evangelical Anabaptism Many MBs understand “Anabaptist” and “evangelical” as overlapping categories, like two circles in a Venn diagram. Both bodies…

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Ruin is a gift

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last night, I watched the movie Eat Pray Love. The main character Liz Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, is a woman reeling from the loss of her marriage….

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Charting a course

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The reasons for claiming an Anabaptist identity have varied over time: in Russia, early Mennonite Brethren leaders were quick to claim continuity with the Mennonite-Anabaptist tradition, at least in part, to insure they didn’t jeopardize their legal status as Mennonites.

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Rethinking Anabaptist assumptions

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The first church that had to endure me as pastor was a gracious lot. I was 23 years old, idealistic, and sure my convictions were right. I had been raised in a Mennonite church, steeped like grandma’s canned cinnamon crab apples (don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried ‘em!) in a particular brand of Anabaptism and unaware how much I had to unlearn.

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Congregation closes, joins multisite church

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Launching into a new year on Jan. 8, Vineland (Ont.) Mennonite Brethren Church celebrated 80 years of community involvement with a service of farewell to VMB and welcome to Southridge Community Church, based in St. Catharines, Ont., who grafted Vineland into their multisite church family.

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Read the label: We are evangelical Anabaptists

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

There’s a growing surge of interest in defining who we are as a denomination – in what we believe and what the implications of those core beliefs are. This is a healthy exercise, even though it makes us uncomfortable at times. We often prefer ignorance to clarity, as ignorance can create an aura of unity, while clarity may open the door for disagreement.

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Students sew generously, reap satisfaction

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

“I heard about MCC and the baby kits in church, but I thought it was just [for] older people,” said Eliza Urbina, Grade 10. “I never thought that I could do it too.”

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Education breaks cycle of poverty in Paraguayan slums

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gerardo Ferreira navigates his van through a labyrinth of makeshift shacks and narrow cobblestone roads in Asunción’s notorious Pelopincho slum – a crime-ridden shantytown even police are reluctant to enter – and comes to a stop.

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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith
Author: David Kinnaman
Following up with students who have graduated out of your youth group can be one of the most rewarding aspects of that ministry – or one of the most terrifying.

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For goodness’ sake!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last fall, a 60-foot tree in our backyard suffered a large broken limb, so we had to take the whole thing down quickly. Staring at an estimated $1,000–1,500 bill for a company to come in on short notice made for a restless Saturday, not to mention the prospect of a tree landing on our home.

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Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me
Author: Ian Morgan Cron
You’re at an outreach event listening to a special speaker flown in for the evening to tell his amazing testimony. This book is that story. It’s a first-person account of how the author survived an alcoholic father and went on to struggle with his own alcoholism. In the end, he winds up as an Episcopal priest.

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February Transitions 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Introducing Ken Dueck, Travis Barbour, Jonathan (J) Janzen

Changes for Christian Press

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Modular courses bring MB seminary to Alberta

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

“Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Canada represents a new model for MB graduate theological education in Canada, one which is more accessible to pastors and leaders across the country,” says MBBS–ACTS associate dean Brian Cooper.

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