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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Beyond the next iPhone

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The communication challenge and opportunity of our era Every now and then, the shape of my summer weekend aligns just right so that at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday…

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The future of our pastors

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Results of the 2015 CCMBC pastoral survey It seems like only yesterday when the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches initiated a nationwide pastoral trends survey (see MB…

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Conference response to survey

Thursday, October 1, 2015

In response to The Future of our Pastors As a ministry of CCMBC, L2L is committed to walking with existing and potential pastors through times of discernment, tenure…

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New beginnings

Monday, September 21, 2015

The ad on the radio makes me smile: a daughter anticipates Mom’s annual pep talk on the potential for new beginnings. As a mother of four sons, I can…

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August issue 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Contents of the August issue 2015

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How to love the foreigner among you

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shediac, N.B., is home to hundreds of migrant workers (mostly Filipino) who work in the local fish, crab and lobster plants. The community has no government services specifically for immigrants…

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How to draw great stories from short-termers

Saturday, August 1, 2015

You’ve probably been on both sides of this scenario. A person returns from a cross-cultural learning and ministry experience. “Welcome back! How was your trip?”…

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How to worship within and beyond the walls

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Worship and mission have always had an uneasy relationship in the church, as if they were somehow separated from each other. But the reality is that worship of…

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