After Gathering: time to hold the executive board accountable

Monday, September 1, 2008

After Gathering: time to hold the executive board accountable Gathering 2008 was a time of celebration, fellowship, and encouragement. It was also a time to hear about the…

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Renovation time at the Herald

Monday, September 1, 2008

My little house is in the middle of some big changes. With a new baby on the way, my husband and I are contemplating everything from pastel hues…

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The dollars and sense of planting a church in downtown Vancouver

Monday, September 1, 2008

I remember waking up in the morning to the music of The Price is Right, with all its game-show hype and excitement. It was easy to be drawn into the glitz and glamour, participate in the purchasing “games,” and imagine the joy of winning…

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Seeking truth amidst the world’s rubble of hate

Monday, September 1, 2008

We all model our lives on stories we’ve heard and the people who exist in those stories. There are, of course, the biblical accounts of God’s people and…

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Letters

Friday, August 1, 2008

[Let God be God – we have enough workers] re[June], [Reverse the direction of change]re[June], [Questionable hermeneutics]reJune, [Diversity of political thought necessary]re[June], [Christians and unions have a lot in common]re[June], [Mennonite should remain an ethnic term]re[May]

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An inconvenienced truth (or “Why I don’t own a lawnmower”)

Friday, August 1, 2008

I can’t mow my lawn right now. Not because I’m physically unable to do so and not because I don’t need to. I can’t mow my lawn right now because I don’t own a lawnmower. There’s one close by, but I can’t get to it right now because it’s in my neighbour’s garage.

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A random act of violence at the bus stop: One family’s journey towards forgiveness

Friday, August 1, 2008

It was Thanksgiving Day 2007. Our extended family had planned a dinner for 6 pm.
The weather was bright, and the sun was warm and forgiving. My wife and I had gone for an early afternoon coffee and muffin and were returning home when we received a cell phone call that our son was in Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., and we needed to get there quickly.

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Laughter can heal the soul – and maybe the church

Friday, August 1, 2008

This month, I’ve decided to share my most embarrassing moment with you – all for the sake of a few chuckles.

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A people live and die together

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Who are we? We are a people, but we no longer know what that means. Somewhere in modernity, a basic human concept has been lost. Words are regularly lost and concepts routinely become obsolete. Sometimes the loss has deep consequences…

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The effectiveness myth

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

At last fall’s study conference, speaker George Hunsberger noted that the gospel is a story that chooses us and is primarily about weakness. It caused me to reflect…

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Stars in our eyes

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I grew up in Vancouver during the heyday of Hollywood North. My love of acting compelled me to find work as an extra on the set of a…

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Hear the voice singing

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sonia Blanchette had her prayers answered – but in a manner much different from what she ever expected.
All pastors pray for people to come to the Lord and for their congregations to grow. Sonia was no exception.

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Letters

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Women also willing before, Why disparage humanism?, A mishmash of influences, Some day, all the answers re April and May content

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June Letters

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A timely issue; Offenders should make the first move; Passion for pastry; Insights concerning the Spirit; Open letter from MCC re March, April and May content

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Don’t squint – use the proper lenses

Sunday, June 1, 2008

On a shelf above my desk sits a relic of a bygone era. It is The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). There was a time when the OED was the required reference for anyone needing reliable English etymology. The “uncompact” edition is 17 large volumes – fit only for libraries. And so for students like myself, a compressed 2-volume set was produced.

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