Broken things and a bottle of tears

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When someone you love is a collector, deciding what to get them for Christmas is easy. (If you’re wondering/shopping, I collect contemporary Canadian poetry books.) People collect all…

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Baptized books

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ICOMB supports Anabaptist curriculum in DR Congo “I baptize this book in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” With these words, Gerard Mambakila, president of…

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And the Word became flesh!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    And the Word became flesh! “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s…

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Losing baby Jesus

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

First Advent had come and gone, and I’d only put up a few of the Christmas decorations. I had pulled all the boxes out of the crawl space,…

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Faithfulness and fruitfulness

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have…

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Letters November/December 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Children of God first In a world seemingly on a roller-coaster ride of sexual reinvention, I am extremely grateful for the articles on sexuality from Willy Reimer and…

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Is your church a transforming community?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A pastor friend recently invited some more mature members of his congregation on a journey of transformation. Some were intrigued by the invitation; some welcomed it with relief…

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Who is missing?

Monday, October 30, 2017

In my first year of pastoring, after I spoke at an event, a young woman approached me. She asked me how I had become a pastor. Through our…

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“Jesus and” or “Jesus only”?

Friday, September 1, 2017

I stopped reading the Bible. Seriously, I did. Actually, I stopped reading everything due to my sixth concussion. After a few weeks, when I tentatively picked up the…

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Pray for Steve!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Do you know the man pictured here? I hope so – even if you don’t know him personally. Steve Berg is the leader of your national church –…

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Disciple formation

Friday, September 1, 2017

Go and make disciples…! (Matthew 28:19) Among evangelicals, this is probably one of the most quoted verses. Recorded as Jesus’ parting words to his disciples, this instruction must…

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Letters September/October 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Real empathy It’s always a treat to get the latest issue in the mail. You’re always pertinent, although this one (“on dying– the next stage,” July/August 2017) cuts…

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Mid-year financial update

Friday, September 1, 2017

2016 results A detailed report of the results of the 2016 fiscal year has been posted on the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) website, along with…

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Transitions – September/October 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

BEGINNINGS Denver Wilson TITLE: pastor, McIvor Church, Winnipeg START: I transitioned into this role over the past year, and was formally commissioned in April 2017. EDUCATION: MA in…

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Pull out all the stops on one mission

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Just a few days before settling into the rhythm of the lazy, hazy days of summer, I was given the biggest mandate of my leadership life. “God is…

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