Proxy war and broken peace

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Angola as a case study I felt the burn rising in my head. “You mean to say the civil war in Angola was really a proxy war between…

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Be my guest

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

“Drop in any time!” I waved goodbye to our guests, then closed the door and slumped against the wall, bleakly surveying the detritus left in their wake. What…

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What it means to be family

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Canadian joins a Khmu service in the U.S. “Can I help you? Who are you?” The song leader interrupted the flow of the worship service to address…

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How to wear moccasins

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Mennonite Brethren explores identity making among Indigenous theologians The loudspeakers piped an Indigenous honour song into the warmly lit chapel. A group of excited students and teachers…

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On the sea, in a home, along the path

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Discipleship is a buzzword in our church culture. We see what Jesus did for Matthew the tax collector, or what Paul did for Timothy, and we know that…

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Denominational vexillology

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada’s red and white flag with its stylized 11-point maple leaf is simple yet elegant. Like most flags, it derives meaning and power from its colours and symbols…

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Culture Pearls

Friday, July 1, 2016

A few gems from a visit to India “You’ll be speaking at our flag raising ceremony on Republic Day,” said I.P. Asheervadam, principal of MB Centenary Bible College,…

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Faithfulness and hospitality after upheaval

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A story from Peru “Well, Dave, how brave are you? Are you going to try it?” My friend and colleague, José Arrais, leader of Associação dos Irmãos Menonitas…

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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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Who’s in charge?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jesus and his friends are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when suddenly a “furious squall” comes up. Waves break over the boat so that it’s…

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Singing and dancing with a water can

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Performative worship songs in Angola teach Bible truth “Why is that woman carrying a huge water can on her head?” I thought to myself. “Why are people putting…

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Where does God live?

Monday, February 29, 2016

The important places: I used to picture them somewhere far off, like a dream. There, nameless faces are wrapped up in a flurry of activity not unlike my…

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Voyage into the Unknown

Friday, January 1, 2016

“That’s impossible! It must be photoshopped,” I said as I looked at an amazing picture in Sagres, Portugal.

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My church visitor project

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sitting in my car outside a Catholic church in Saskatoon, I was nervous and full of questions. As I pastor, I’m in church every Sunday – but I…

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Dying for Change

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

As we dig our teeth into Christmas baking, we are enjoying the fruit of fall’s harvest. Every September of my childhood on the farm, the combine hopper would fill with bushels upon bushels of grain.

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