Stories in Art

Sunday, May 1, 2016

For my son Nur Amar. God is my light [nur] and my salvation – whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27). His name [nur] means “light.” —Lamia’ Bahnam Yshua This artwork by an…

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Do Something

Sunday, May 1, 2016

  When my 16-year-old daughter Alketa saw the photo of the little boy washed up on the beach, her heart broke for people from Syria. She was compelled…

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How to work and share across differences

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What is the point of building relationships with people who believe differently than us?

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Unexpected blessing

Sunday, May 1, 2016

  pace space When they arrived in Prince George, Westwood’s first Syrian family walked into a fully stocked kitchen. The support team had conscientiously researched staple foods for…

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The things we say without opening our mouths

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The shaping power of technology Have you heard of a kosher cellphone? Israel-based Rami Levy Communications introduced one in September 2013 for the ultra-orthodox Jewish community. These web-restricted…

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How to run a great church camp

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

This is the time of year children’s ministries are busy planning their summer adventures as a way to share the life-transforming gospel with children from all walks of life. Looking for inspiration or motivation?

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Mission-critical

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It seems that hardly a week goes by without someone offering to interrupt me to do a survey. They want to learn about my experience or uncover my opinions.

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Partnership postures

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Einer and Girlesa Zuluaga don’t speak fluent English and not many members of Forest Grove Community Church, Saskatoon, can get much farther than hola and gracias in Spanish. But that hasn’t stood in the way of an empowering partnership.

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The Christian chaplain

Friday, January 1, 2016

Martin was conscripted to the Roman army at age 15. Stationed in Gaul (modern-day France), he patrolled the streets, encouraging decorum and maintaining order as he interacted with those he met.

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I shall not want

Friday, January 1, 2016

Last year, my family moved to a city of 20 million people. It has been exhilarating, wonderful and completely overwhelming. Many days I wonder: How am I going…

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Glass half full?

Friday, January 1, 2016

In 1996, Christian A. Schwarz (Natural Church Development) identified eight quality control characteristics of growing churches (e.g., empowering leadership, gift-oriented ministry, passionate spirituality).

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A culture of faith

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Evangelical congregations in Canada hey have different styles and locations: from white, clapboard Baptist churches in rural New Brunswick, to Chinese Alliance churches in downtown Toronto, Aboriginal Pentecostal…

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The heartbeat of the gospel

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The most powerful communication contains three elements: information, inspiration and invitation. All three are necessary to deeply engage the hearts and minds of those with whom we are building relationships.

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Dream cake and star shine

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

All Blaine Lake children looked forward to Christmas with great anticipation, just as children did in faraway Russia. Granted, it took very little at any time to overwhelm…

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A view from the pew

Friday, November 6, 2015

In August 2015, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches executive commissioned 6P Marketing to carry out a research project. The research was comprised of 20 in-depth interviews with MB pastors and provincial conference chairs across Canada as well as an online survey for MB Herald readers nationally.

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