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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A generosity of spirit

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Have you ever been a target of drive-thru generosity, when the person ahead of you pays for your coffee (pages 12–13)? Or maybe members of your church have…

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Giving and the father heart of God

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas is the giving season. It is the time of the year when the giving catalogues that come through Canada Post or email tug at our hearts with…

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Letters November/December 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Troubling finances  In “Oxygen for ministry” (Gathering 2016 report, September/October 2016), a delegate is quoted as saying, “Here is a way to increase revenue: our churches investing in…

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A church for all nations

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It was a deadly summer. Senseless terror attacks in civilian spaces in Europe and racialized police violence in North American assaulted the human spirit every time we turned on…

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Letters September/October 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Letters to the editor

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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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Making disciples? Or consumers?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Does your church make disciples or religious consumers? Wrestling with this unsettling question gave rise to Renovation of the Church (2011): in this book, Kent Carlson and Mike…

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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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We need to talk

Friday, July 1, 2016

We need to talk, James Toews urges in his letter on page 5. I think he’s on to something. More specifically, we need to listen – to those…

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Compelled

Friday, July 1, 2016

This month, MBs from across Canada are meeting together in Toronto for what I like to think of as our biennial mission conference. We will hear reports, process…

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