Using the ICOMB Confession of Faith study guide

Monday, September 1, 2008

Knowing and Living Your Faith, a commentary and study guide on the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) Confession of Faith released in June, is a 130-page booklet…

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Illuminated Bible travels art circuit

Monday, September 1, 2008

The use of art alongside Scripture is a long-standing tradition in the church. The medieval argument for the use of painting, sculpture, and stained glass in church was that people couldn’t read, and art was a way to present biblical stories and truths.

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The gospel of image management

Monday, September 1, 2008

What I’m reading
unChristian and Metamorpha
I recently attended a municipal discussion forum on the most significant challenges facing our region. Participants were asked to introduce themselves, tell a little bit about the organization we represented, and what solutions we felt our perspective brought to the table…

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Connecting our faith with art and beauty

Friday, August 1, 2008

Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion
Editor: Gregory Wolfe
I felt embarrassed about the barebones sanctuary as I attended a service in a Mennonite church far from my home. Meeting that day was an ecumenical group of editors from across Canada: Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, and all shades of Mennonite. Surely some would miss their stained glass windows, paintings, and beautifully constructed buildings.

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More international leaders contribute to ICOMB study guide

Friday, August 1, 2008

Knowing and Living Your Faith, a commentary and study guide on the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) Confession of Faith released in June, is a 130-page booklet prepared by 16 international leaders. All global MB churches are encouraged to use the resource for Bible-intensive study between Sept. 2008–Dec. 2009.

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Moments of enchantment found in this flavourful anthology

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hot Apple Cider:Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul
Editors: N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles
Along with the heartwarming, real-life stories we expect from a Chicken Soup-style book, the editors of this collection have tossed in some surprises. There is poetry, short fiction, and some tart essays on drug addiction, poverty, and the plight of Third World women. Indeed, these thirty Canadian Christian writers have cooked up a flavourful anthology with broad appeal.

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Reflecting on the past: six memoirs

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Writing a memoir gives a person the opportunity to remember, reflect on, and – in a way – re-create the past. The venture may immediately benefit the writer’s…

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Introducing the writers of the ICOMB Confession of Faith Study Guide

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Knowing and Living Your Faith, a commentary and study guide on the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) Confession of Faith, is a 130-page booklet available soon for…

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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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