Praying for our camps

Sunday, April 1, 2012

When we think about camps, most of us think of cabins, canoes, cookouts, and campfires – maybe even ziplines,  climbing walls, and geocaching. Christian camps are fun, but…

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Going Beyond Boundaries

Sunday, April 1, 2012

“Hi, this is Laura from the Beyond Boundaries program at Stillwood Camp. I’m calling to give you a midweek update on how your child is doing at camp.”…

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Resurrecting the good news each summer

Sunday, April 1, 2012

An interview with camp directors The notion of summer camp is more than 100 years old. With so many other opportunities available to children and youth, is camp…

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Keep the campfires burning

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It was July 1980. I was seven years old, sitting around a campfire at Gardom Lake Bible Camp in Enderby, B.C., listening to a speaker talk about how Jesus can make a difference in our lives.

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One final step

Sunday, April 1, 2012

One final step I think of the immense willpower Jesus needed to be fully human, to take that final step toward a painful, humiliating, slow death on the…

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Training for the team

Sunday, April 1, 2012

“Pastors start with ‘I had to come,’ but end with ‘I’m proud to be MB and excited to learn this is bigger than me or my church,’” says Canadian conference event planner Michelle Penner.

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Hyderabad: How one cynic changed his mind about missions

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I must have been about ten years old, sitting in one of the front pews of East Chilliwack (B.C.) Mennonite Brethren Church, probably on a Sunday evening. The young woman on the platform was reporting on her missionary trip to India. She’d worked in Hyderabad.

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Fessing up: Churches get frank about mistakes

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront their Sinful Pasts
Author: Jeremy M. Bergen
Church apologies have made headlines of late. Catholics and Protestants have said sorry for (among other sins) racism, persecution, and sexual abuse….

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Solomon’s wisdom summons Isaak’s offerings

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A reunion between a former student and his teacher at the ICOMB higher education consultation last June resulted in a teaching and encouragement trip to India for Winnipeg’s Centre for MB Studies (CMBS) director Jon Isaak. Last decade, Isaak, then professor at MBBS Fresno, facilitated a reading course for E.D. Solomon, now professor at MB Centenary Bible College, Shamshabad, India, as part of Solomon’s doctoral studies in the U.S.

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Manitoba MBs fall to their knees in prayer

Sunday, April 1, 2012

“Wasn’t it beautiful that we didn’t just talk about prayer? We actually took time to pray,” said MB Church of Manitoba (MBCM) executive director Elton DaSilva. “Wasn’t it awesome to hear all those voices lifted up before the presence of God?”

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Current art exhibit

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos
Peace symposium by MCC and The Reach Gallery Museum
Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos, organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, ran Jan. 26–Mar. 25 at The Reach. Columbia Bible College students Erin Martens and Justin Koop reflected on the exhibit as an artist and theology student, respectively.

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Pursuing peace

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Conflict – whether it’s a disagreement with a spouse, a personality clash with a co-worker, or a church split in the making – fills most of us with anxiety. Avoiding conflict preserves an uneasy peace, but it’s a stifling stillness, like a long-shut room, air heavy with mildew and dust. Unresolved conflict goes underground, where it brews and festers until it erupts like a volcano, spewing molten hatred and bitterness, ruining relationships, ministries, workplaces, families, and lives.

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Risk management in Jesus’ economy

Sunday, April 1, 2012

One of the responsibilities of leadership is risk management. We have to ask, what risks do our actions create? What risks must we work to minimize? Which risks are appropriate for us to take as an organization?

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Current film

Sunday, April 1, 2012

When screenwriter Paul Boge attended the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, God “put it on his heart” to give Winnipeggers the opportunity “to see great films they’d never see anywhere else.” In its second year, the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival boasted 160 percent more independent feature, documentary, and short film submissions than the previous year from as far away as Germany and Israel, and a gate admission of 2,039 viewers – up from 1,422 in 2011.

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Letters

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Frowning on denomination division, re: January; In celebration of women, re: March; How about “BC” armbands?… as in “biblical Christians,” re: February; Don’t sideline seniors, re: March

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