Ordinary Intimacies

Monday, November 30, 2015

“I don’t want one of God’s children begging a Coke,” my hostess told me as she gave me some Zimbabwean dollars. My husband and I were visiting in her home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Though it happened more than 20 years ago, that small act of generosity still touches me.

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Fighters, refugees seek peace at home in Rwanda

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NORTH KIVU, DR Congo Mwasa Niyon Senga felt trapped as a first sergeant in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that terrorizes…

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Meaningful communion in an internet culture

Friday, November 27, 2015

Real Christian Fellowship
Author: John Howard Yoder, edited by John C. Nugent, Branson L. Parler, Heather L. Bunce
How do we have meaningful fellowship with others? Today, more people live alone than ever before. We are increasingly distracted by social media, the internet and the entertainment beast that be Netflix.

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Single, together, and rooted in Scripture

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The kaleidoscope of constituent perspectives at the board of faith and life’s (BFL) “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of Healthy Sexuality” suggested a subject for the next study conference: hermeneutics.

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Special general meeting report

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The usual two-hour annual general meeting was expanded into an extra half-day of breakout sessions to inform delegates on new conference initiatives. Breakouts Brent Smith of 6P Marketing…

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Research addresses “silent exodus”

Friday, November 20, 2015

English Ministry Crisis in Chinese Canadian Churches
Author: Matthew Richard Sheldon Todd
Many bicultural Chinese churches are grappling with the issue of the “silent exodus” of Canadian-born Chinese (CBC). This book from Matthew Todd, based on the survey research for his doctoral thesis, is a great resource for pastors, church leadership and lay leaders. It provides insights on the leading factors affecting those who “drop out” and those who “remain in.”

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Forest fires ignite gospel hospitality

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bethany alumni extend service learning into life
Keshia’s story & Julie’s story of being and hosting evacuees of the northern Saskatchewan fires…and how the gospel caught flame.

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Evergreen launches campaign for green

Monday, November 16, 2015
Camp Evergreen

“Camp is better than Disneyland!” One girl’s assessment of her week is not an uncommon sentiment for Camp Evergreen staff to hear. Each week of summer camp is full of crazy wide games, ziplines, horseback riding and more wide games. Include the most amazing food (apart from Mom’s cooking) and unforgettable staff members, and summer camp ranks as, in the words of a camp, “The best week of my life.”

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Columbia Bible College upbeat about future

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Columbia Bible College annual fundraising dinner

For the second year in a row, enrollment for first-year courses has remained steady at Columbia Bible College, checking a previous pattern of decline at the Abbotsford, B.C., institution.

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Christ light pierces tragedy’s darkness

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Pacific Theatre-The Amish Project

Title: The Amish Project
There are some unspeakable tragedies from which we want to hide our faces: 10 Amish school girls shot execution style in a hostage situation by a gunman wanting to molest them while their helpless families gather outside. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. But, don’t close your eyes or you will miss what else is going on.

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Straight talk on healthy decision making

Friday, November 6, 2015

All the Places to Go: How Will You Know?
John Ortberg
Jesus said, “Knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). But as pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg points out in his most recent book, Jesus doesn’t say which door to knock on, how loud we should knock or how long we should keep it up.

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A view from the pew

Friday, November 6, 2015

In August 2015, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches executive commissioned 6P Marketing to carry out a research project. The research was comprised of 20 in-depth interviews with MB pastors and provincial conference chairs across Canada as well as an online survey for MB Herald readers nationally.

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The sound of revival

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

“There were many glorious moments singing these songs when the presence of the Lord came down,” says Pat Sczebel, singer/songwriter on C2C Music’s first recording Revive Us Again. “We were all on our knees in the studio undone by what Christ has done for us.”

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