A disciple-sending church

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I remember the day well: on Valentine’s Day 2009, our family of four moved to Squamish, B.C., with the call to plant a church in this beautiful town….

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New vision, new languages, new hope at Portage Avenue Church

Friday, September 8, 2017

In 2015, our pastor Jedidiah Carpentier asked Janice Penner to start a children’s church program. She laughed, as there were only two school-aged children attending our church at…

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The Polarity of Discipleship

Friday, September 1, 2017

For a magnet to function properly, it needs polarity between north and south poles. If one of the poles is removed, a magnet will not function as intended….

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Redemptive rain delay in the Windy City

Friday, September 1, 2017

As I travel the country, I am struck by the startling paucity of the gift of evangelist (see Ephesians 4:11). Evangelists are recruiters. They are storytellers, not because…

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Article 4: Sin and evil

Friday, September 1, 2017

What does Mennonite Brethren theology have in common with that of other Christian denominations? And what are the distinctive emphases of Mennonite Brethren theology? Our Confession of Faith…

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The gospel calls us to be unsettled

Friday, August 25, 2017

Restoration, reconciliation and adult Sunday school Living in Canada in 2017, we have much to be grateful for. We are spared from armed conflicts, famines and so much…

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A secret sauce for church planting?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Colonel Sanders apparently went to the grave with his secret KFC ingredient under lock and key. The Colonel advertised that his chicken had 11 herbs and spices –…

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Journeying to the next stage

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What I’ve learned about end-of-life care I lay on the pullout chair on one side of his bed; my sister on another. We wanted to be there, but…

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Between two worlds

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I first met Phil on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in his private room up on the palliative care unit. He was a retired engineer in his late 70s….

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Memory from MAID – July/August 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

space  space “If youth has something to do with the success with which a home for the elderly can be run, Donwood Manor should [prove to] be a…

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Plant small?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Is church planting only for large churches? North America is mesmerized by a mindset of bigger and better, influencing congregations to think only large churches can reproduce. In…

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What’s new in aging: six 21st-century themes

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The BBC used to produce a weekly situation comedy called Waiting for God. It wasn’t about faith or theology; it was about retirement home residents awaiting the end…

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Good advice for the third ⅓

Thursday, June 29, 2017

An annotated bibliography Renowned Mennonite Brethren author Katie Funk Wiebe wrote six chapters and acted as editor of a notable compendium, Life after Fifty: A Positive Look at…

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A covering of love

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Passing Quilt at Menno Place Chaplains and spiritual care volunteers at Menno Place share vigil with those who are dying alone. They have initiated the Passing Quilt…

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Love and Joy in the Spirit

Monday, May 1, 2017

“It’s all about love.” This was the message of PK, one of the leaders of the work among the Khmu, on the final night of The Church on…

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