Rich in good deeds

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Churches are known for generously donating funds to mission projects, but some share an even more precious resource – their volunteers – with another church, camp or school, building God’s Kingdom together through good deeds.

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How do you practise everyday generosity?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

 …………..  ……………………… I try to practise the fruit of the Spirit in dealing with others, especially with my family. When my youngest says, “Mom, watch!” for the 100th…

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Freely, we have received

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

As a young surveyor, John Stoughton Dennis witnessed the first arrival of Mennonites from Russia to Manitoba in the summer of 1874. Dennis was intrigued with this group…

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Drive-thru generosity

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Have you ever gone through a drive-thru and arrived at the window to pay for your order, only to find out that the person in front of you…

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A refugee Christmas

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas cheer in a bleak time space space In 1929, the local people hosted a Christmas celebration for the Mennonite refugees in the camp in then-Hammerstein, Germany (now…

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Prayer permeated

Friday, October 21, 2016

A summer student reflects Through a project focused on Mennonite Brethren and Indigenous peoples, I discovered that Mennonites played a significant role in creating the issues facing Indigenous…

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Life together at CMU

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church faculty reflect on life together at Canadian Mennonite University: “A community of people working together at a common project”

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(Trans)formational development

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I haven’t always liked the word transformation. I know it’s an important word. I know it’s a Christian word – one that points to the kind of change that…

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Mountaintop experiences or steep, rocky paths?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. Everyone wants…

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Friends along the journey

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The “what” and “how” of discipleship “Syllabus week,” can be one of the most overwhelming times for students. Assignments, reading requirements, course outlines: “information overload” describes this first…

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Not in vain

Thursday, September 1, 2016

On a rainy day some years ago when I was working as a youth pastor, I drove 30 minutes to a high school in a neighbouring city to meet a student for lunch. I parked out front and waited in the same spot we had met several times before. The lunch bell rang students and started to stream out of the school – everyone, it seemed, except for my appointment.

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11 questions to grow disciple-making churches

Thursday, September 1, 2016

MinistryLift’s Strategic Pathway for Discipleship 1 Prayer permeates disciple-making churches. How can we grow a culture of prayer – in which God works deeply in peoples’ lives? 2…

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God, Sex, Me & You

Friday, July 1, 2016

  I like preaching about sex and money because I know people are listening. These days, I get the same reaction to both topics: How dare the church…

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How to talk to kids about LGBTQ

Friday, July 1, 2016

The “birds and the bees” talk is a thing of the past – or it should be. Now, more than ever, children need honest conversations about sexuality to…

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Doing theology as a spiritual practice

Friday, July 1, 2016

Re-engaging ordination Recently, I’ve been hearing Mennonite Brethren use the word “theology” more than they used to. With few Canadian Christians reading the Bible, perhaps some use theological…

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