Raising your leadership game

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership
Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird
Teams that Thrive is a beacon of hope for anyone on a senior church leadership team disillusioned by bad experiences of teamwork, and a challenge to teams that have serious untapped potential.

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Cancer story steeped in wit and faith

Friday, July 10, 2015

Title: What I Learned from Cancer
Author: Dennis Maione
Dennis Maione is only 27 years old, a year into his marriage, when he notices signs of what turns out to be rectal cancer. He experiences the stages of denial and acceptance that cancer patients typically encounter as they chart new waters of waiting, treatment and recovery.

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Deep and wide: manual for mission from everywhere to everywhere

Thursday, July 9, 2015

“It’s a new day in global mission,” says Victor Wiens, mission capacity building coordinator for MB Mission. “There’s a whole new pool of workers from the Global South…

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Glimmer of redemption as Hal Wiens returns

Thursday, July 2, 2015

title: Come Back
author: Rudy Wiebe
Rudy Wiebe’s latest novel Come Back is a gripping memoir of grief. Wiebe comes full circle in his more than half-century of literary production, returning to one of his first (minor) characters, and elevating him to a central role.

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Cultural embrace and cultural resistance

Monday, June 22, 2015

Title: California Mennonites
Author: Brian Froese
California Mennonites is an engaging story of both cultural embrace and cultural resistance – Mennonite style. Brian Froese, associate professor of history at CMU, has completely reworked his doctoral dissertation in this book, narrating the Mennonite experience in California from the gold-rush days of the “Forty-Niners” to 1975.

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How to turn an electric toy to evangelistic tool

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Title: A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 days and 101 ways to demonstrate the gospel
Author: Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr.
“Build short fences…” – or, in my case, lend out your hedge trimmer. We’ve all heard that we should view our workplaces, neighbourhoods and families as a mission field, but Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr., go beyond the “what” to articulate the “how.”

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Disagreement as recipe for peace

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Title: Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians
Author: John Paul Lederach
Some church attenders once asked peace worker John Paul Lederach when the Mennonites and their academics would stop fussing so much about peace issues and get on with the gospel. Lederach’s answer? “Reconciliation is the gospel.”

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The word became French

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Confession of Faith: Commentary and pastoral application is now available in French. / La confession de foi: Commentaire et l’application pastorale est maintenant disponible en français.

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Healthy church is like mixed salad

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Fellowship of Differents
author: Scot McKnight
If you were to ask 100 people, “What is the church supposed to look like?” you might get an astonishing variety of answers. Despite their cultural and ecclesiological variety, however, these answers ought all to be shaped by the Bible – specifically the teachings of Jesus and Paul.

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Is size the problem?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
author: Tim Suttle
I should love this book. I’ve been the pastor of a small church for the past 28 years and I’m intimately familiar with the weariness that comes from hearing megachurch stories. So when Tim Suttle writes…

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Netflix for the church

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“We’ve lost our Christian bookstores, and it was getting hard to view good Bible study resources,” says Fran Browne, SunWest Christian Fellowship, Calgary, executive assistant. Right Now Media, the “Netflix for the church,” filled the gap for SunWest.

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When Quitting is not an Option

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When Quitting is not an Option: My Road to Cycling, a Guinness World Record and Making a Difference    Arvid Loewen with Paul Loewen Castle Quay Books  …

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Surely Goodness and Mercy Followed Me

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Surely Goodness and Mercy Followed Me     Bethany Helen Thielmann Peter and Margaret Penner Books       Subtitled “The Pilgrimage of Peter Penner from Stalin’s Russia…

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Vivid book ends with hope: Consider the sunflowers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Consider the Sunflowers       Elma Schemenauer Borealis Press  Tina Janz, her father Obrom, and Roland Fast, the man Tina’s father wants her to marry, are caught…

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Biggest Family in the World

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Biggest Family in the World
author: Paul H. Boge; illustrator: Faye Hall
Beautifully illustrated with original paintings by local artist and North Kildonan MB Church member Faye Hall, this children’s book tells the story of Kenyan Charles Mulli.

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