Thorny topic’s timely treatment theologically thin

Monday, September 19, 2016

title: Wrongs to Rights: How Churches can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
author: Steve Heinrichs, editor
Wrongs to Rights is a special 166-page publication of Intotemak (published by the Indigenous Relations Department of Mennonite Church Canada). Editor and director of MC Canada Indigenous relations Steve Heinrichs has done an incredible job of assembling works by 40 authors from diverse backgrounds to explore how churches can engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

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How to wear gospel glasses

Monday, September 12, 2016

Title: The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are
Author: Marty Troyer
How far are you willing to go for your faith? Would you go to a different province, country or continent to share the gospel? What about to your next-door neighbour, the one whom you occasionally say hi to on the way to work?

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Places – and personalities – for prayer

Saturday, August 20, 2016

An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World
Brian C. Stiller

Over the past few years, I have observed a growing desire to pray for global mission. It is exciting to see God’s people respond to the call to pray for people and countries that have little or no expression of Christianity.

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What’s so dangerous about youth sports?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Participating in sports offers many benefits to children and youth, but, on the flipside, there are dangers. Coaches and parents are witnessing more symptoms of ill health in youth sports culture: “overuse injuries, burnout, loss of childhood, misperceptions about the true benefit of sport, and damaged relationships.”

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Modern spiritual journeys in historical book

Friday, June 24, 2016

Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration Dorothy Peters & Christine Kampen Kindred Productions “How did we get here?” The newest publication of the MB…

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New neighbours: Immigrant’s guide to Indigenous people

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Indigenous People of Manitoba: A guide for newcomers Compiled by Anika Reynar and Zoe Matties “Newcomers to Canada have, unfortunately, picked up a lot of misconceptions and historical inaccuracies [about…

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No dead wood here

Friday, April 8, 2016

Title: Doing Good Better: How to be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization
Author: Edgar Stoesz
Businesspeople are often asked to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations and share their wisdom and expertise (and maybe some of their wealth). With more than a million such well-meaning organizations in the United States and Canada, the potential for good is vast. Here’s some well-placed help for organizations and directors who want to do a better job.

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It’s time to return stories

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Title: Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way
Author: Richard Twiss
Rescuing the Gospel is essential reading for Canadian evangelicals. This is especially the case as we are now called to ponder and respond to our nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, both as individual citizens and as faith communities. The book is inspiring, informative, provocative – and often frustrating.

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Peace heralds and gospel-hope bearers

Friday, March 11, 2016

Title: Radical apprentices
Author: Ron Mahler
It’s ironic: Christian faith is “shrinking in areas of the world where it enjoys the most privilege,” asserts Ron Mahler in Radical Apprentices – yet in places where it could result in arrest, maiming, torture or even death, faith in Jesus Christ is increasing. This may be a sobering thought, yet Mahler uses this notion as a springboard for advocating that all Christian believers take bigger and bigger risks in sharing their faith, trusting like the disciples in Acts, that the Lord will provide.

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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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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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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 taste of church planting

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nomadic Faith
Author: Paul Dixon
We Christians are quite good at describing what we’re against, but often grow rather silent when asked to describe what we are for. Paul Dixon’s Nomadic Faith doesn’t just take the easy road and decry what is unhealthy with modern attempts at church. Instead, he attempts to reorient the church through immersion into a life of church planting and discipleship actively led by the Holy Spirit.

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Human/divine dilemma in church and culture

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Title: Christ at the Crux: The Mediation of God and Creation in Christological Perspective
Author: Paul Cumin
“How can theology say that God is other than the universe and also present within it?” Pemberton (B.C.) Community Church pastor Paul Cumin opens Christ at the Crux with this question. Mediation – the way Christ is somehow both divine and human – is a crucial mystery at the heart of the Christian faith and Cumin’s book.

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Desire for intimacy at heart of Song of Songs

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When Christina Bucher teaches Song of Songs, her students at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College always ask: “Is this couple married? How far do they go sexually?” But the author…

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