Technology and lowered expectations

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Jimmy stumbles out of bed just before seven, and groggy, and reaches for the first cup of conveniently perked coffee thanks to his programmable coffeemaker. Then it’s straight to the computer to begin his daily morning routine.

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When roadside bombs hit the church

Saturday, March 1, 2008

“The church is a Hummer.” That metaphor is somehow missing among the many New Testament pictures of the church. We know it is a body, a fortress, a…

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AGMs are a taste of heaven

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

I recently took a tour of several Mennonite organizations’ annual general meetings. First, the Canadian MB Conference, then Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA), and finally Mennonite Central Committee…

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Don’t be afraid

Thursday, November 1, 2007

We’re all afraid of something. Last month, after hearing the thunderous rev of a Harley Davidson engine outside his house, my two-year-old nephew turned to his grandparents and…

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Why I don’t wear a poppy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I do not wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. OK, there, I said it. I’m afraid to admit it publicly because I know it will invite scorn from others.

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Why I wear a poppy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Although our Anabaptist peace position calls us to speak against the evils of war and to work as peacemakers, we live in a country that has participated in…

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Hidden suffering

Friday, March 17, 2006

I distinctly remember the first time I forced myself to vomit. I was in high school. I had no idea that with one choice, in one instant of time, I had stuck my toe in quicksand and would never be able to get out.

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Undoing a long-standing practice

Friday, April 29, 2005

The convictions of one person can change a church, even a church conference. On July 5, 1986, at the annual meeting of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada…

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Mentoring as a way of life

Friday, January 7, 2005

Our church has had a mentoring program for a number of years now. When the young people reach a certain age they are paired up, if they wish,…

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He sat down

Friday, April 30, 2004

Spring is here and that means we are headlong into the season of cards, flowers, new shirts and guilt that serves to commem­orate parents everywhere, with Mother’s Day…

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Why we need the Mennonite World Conference

Friday, October 3, 2003

The choir number was announced and I watched with anticipation. As they left their pews they began to sing. Just a little chant, really. (I love it when…

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Healthy Growing Churches Reaching their worlds?

Friday, October 26, 2001

It has often been asserted that statistics can be used to draw whatever conclusions one may wish to draw from them. Although there may be some truth in…

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Christians and the political order

Friday, March 16, 2001

In recent months, several letter-writers have criticized the Herald for carrying articles addressing political topics (Dec. 2, Feb. 2). They have raised two basic questions: 1. Should the…

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Baptism and Church Membership: A proposal

Friday, July 14, 2000

Cheryl Janzen (MBH, Letters, Apr. 14) raised the question of baptism into a local congregation. She states, “that was never the intent of my baptism. I chose to…

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Submission

Friday, February 4, 2000

One of the hard teachings of the New Testament is the concept of submission. This may be a particularly difficult concept in our age, which so values independence…

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