Kernlieder

Sunday, June 1, 2008

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Musician: Sister Dorothy

With help from her grandmother, eclectic performer Sister Dorothy (of the Mennonite, not Catholic variety) sings 17 songs from Gesangbuch, a German hymnal published in 1952 with works by Martin Luther, Beethoven, and Zinzendorf.

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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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A critique, or a call

Friday, September 1, 2006

IN DEFENSE OF PRIVILEGE: RUSSIAN MENNONITES AND THE STATE BEFORE AND DURING WORLD WAR I. ABRAHAM FRIESEN. KINDRED PRODUCTIONS, 2006. As this book’s title suggests, Russian Mennonites were…

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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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A refreshing, engaging tour through Exodus

Friday, November 23, 2001

Title: Exodus: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: Waldemar Janzen
Waldemar Janzen provides a refreshing and engaging tour through the book of Exodus, drawing connections, noting what other researchers have discovered, suggesting a thoughtful opinion when there are questions, and through it all always standing to the side, not wanting to get in the way.

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Doxa Band adds depth to simple songs

Friday, October 26, 2001

Flying Free Doxa, Shikina, 2001 The Doxa Band’s latest CD begins with the upbeat title track that hints at the crossover between worship and pop music. Lead singer…

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A book for times like these

Friday, October 12, 2001

This is a book for times like these. In the aftermath of September 11, to speak of reconciliation as “the biblical essential” (the title of chapter 1) will either call us to renew our efforts to build bridges between peoples, or will sound like foolish or, at best, impractical idealism.

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Building relationships with Muslims for Christ

Friday, December 15, 2000

Title:Peaceable Witness Among Muslims
Author: Gordon D. Nickel
This book makes a significant contribution to the study of Muslim-Christian encounters in its two particular emphases: (a) the need for Christians to offer a credible (non-verbal and verbal) witness of their relationship with Christ; and (b) a reminder that Christians are to respond peacefully regardless of how they are treated by Muslims (or others).

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The Story of the Great King

Friday, December 1, 2000

Once upon a time there was a Great King who ruled over a vast domain. His power and authority stretched from one of the earth to the other….

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