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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Our compact life

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Some people cut out dairy. Others abstain from sugar to make them feel better. Tom and Malora Mulhern are cutting out the mall.

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Time for change

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Change is constant. It’s everywhere we go. It always has been. We either cope with it or it defeats us. But rarely do we remain ambivalent or unaffected. We prefer to see the least amount of change in the church. In the midst of constant societal transformation, we long for and hang onto what we hope will be a changeless church.

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Who’s the boss?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Who’s the boss of our lives? For most of us, the answer is obvious – God. Who’s the boss of our everyday work? The answer may not seem so obvious. For those of us who write for a living, our boss can be the reader, the editor, or even the owner of the publication.

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Finding God amid a successful career

Sunday, June 1, 2008

David Leung was born in Hong Kong. As a teenager, he moved to the U.S., where he attended the University of Minnesota. He was an excellent student and obtained a number of degrees,

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May Letters

Thursday, May 1, 2008

We need the Spirit’s renewal; Don’t put the Spirit in a box; An unpredictable wind; Friction between church and artists; Where are programs for single dads?; Severing our oneness in Christ re December, February and March

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We are a biblical people

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Part II in the series exploring MB identity Who are the Mennonite Brethren? There was a time when the question was mostly rhetorical, part of the formal and…

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