Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck
Unconvincing rejection of the emergent movement
Some of us don’t know a lot about the emerging church, but I’m sure most of us have at least heard of this new movement afoot in North America. It’s not a new denomination, but a movement; not a network of churches, but a conversation, focusing on relationships and dialogue…

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Exploring a unique Mennonite community in South America

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

One Body — Many Parts: The Mennonite Churhces in Paraguay
Author: Gerhard Ratzlaff (trans. Jake K. Balzer)
Next year’s Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly will take place in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, and some readers will attend the event. To get to know the Mennonites in Paraguay better, readers would do well to acquaint themselves with the history and life of Mennonite churches there…

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A hard look at everyday sin

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
Author: Jerry Bridges
As a follower of Jesus Christ, what issues of right and wrong really upset you? Environmental practices? Militarism? Economic disparity in our nation, or between nations? The indebtedness of poor nations to the wealthy west? Abortion? The difference between the Bible’s sexual code of conduct and what you see around you…

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Stop following the flock

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The End of Religion Author: Bruxy Cavey
In The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey adds his voice to the chorus of writers who believe the church has become a people who are “following the phenomenon of following Jesus,” rather than, well, simply following Jesus. In other words, we have become religious – fixated on systems of belief and maintaining the institutions that preserve them.

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Book notes

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Building Communities: The Changing Face of Manitoba Mennonites
Author: John J. Friesen
Stricken By God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ

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Booknotes

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Building Communities: The Changing Face of Manitoba Mennonites

Stricken By God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ

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“Moses” of MB artistic achievement eulogized

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Ben Horch Story
Author: Peter Letkemann
When Ben Horch, the legendary musical pioneer of the Canadian MB church, died on July 2, 1992, I hoped that someone would write his biography, thereby recalling not only the remarkable work of an outstanding individual, but also documenting a critical phase in the history of Canadian MBs.

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Saskatchewan’s story: gains and losses

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Authors: Harold and Neoma Jantz
Harold and Neoma Jantz, both with roots in Saskatchewan, have collaborated to write an account of Mennonite Brethren in that province. For decades, this was Canada’s largest MB community…

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Mennonites dialogue on same-sex

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Stumbling Toward a Genuine Conversation of Homosexuality
Book Author: Michael A. King
I’m not sure my late mother’s arsenal of clichés included, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” but when I first picked up this compilation of articles from editor Michael A. King, it certainly didn’t say, “Please pick me up and read.”…

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A Pilgrim’s Progress for our times

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Shack
Book author: William P. Young
When I picked up a copy of this book on our pastor’s recommendation, I was told it was selling faster than any other book in the last few years: a “word of mouth” explosion with 3,000 copies sold since fall in a single Abbotsford bookstore alone…

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The devil is less powerful than you think

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Demons, Lies and ShadowsBook author: Pierre Gilbert

Pierre Gilbert brings a refreshing perspective to the conversation on spiritual warfare. If you are excited by this topic, I would highly recommend his book. But don’t be surprised if it challenges your assumptions and suggests ideas you’ve never considered…

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Children are not problems

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Mystery of the Child
Book author: Martin E. Marty
Every day a new parenting book is published. The majority of these parenting books seek to answer the challenges of how to raise your child and how to tackle discipline issues. The American historian Martin E. Marty has written a parenting book about childhood without the answers…

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Touring the psalms

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Title: Psalms: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: James H. Waltner
Writing a commentary for the book of Psalms is much like writing a tour guide for an entire continent.

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Refreshing approach to faith

Friday, September 1, 2006

Title: Fan the Flame
Author: Rob Des Cotes
Fan the Flame is a collection of short meditations that invites readers to reflect gently and intentionally on their relationship with God. Rob des Cotes, a spiritual director and pastor…

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Understanding the mission of Christians and Muslims

Friday, January 7, 2005

Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church: Exploring the Mission of Two Communities
David W. Shenk
The Christian and Muslim communities are both missionary movements. Their mission target is the same. However, the way each community sees this mission is drastically different.

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