Five years without TV: Why I joined a post-legalist cult

Thursday, May 1, 2008

In The Year of Living Biblically, journalist A. J. Jacobs set out to live according to all the commandments of the old and new testaments in their most literal form – in Manhattan no less. That meant growing a huge beard, not mixing fabrics in his clothes, stoning adulterers, not sitting on the same seat as menstruating women (a difficult task, he says, on the NY subway), and treating his slaves well – or in his case, unpaid interns…

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An interview with conference moderator Jascha Boge

Thursday, May 1, 2008

This month, the Herald interviewed Jascha Boge, Canadian conference moderator. He talked about his dreams for the conference, the challenges of managing a growing Stewardship Ministries fund, and Gathering 2008 in Montreal. This is his third term as moderator, a position he first held from 2000–2004.

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The heart of inner-city ministry

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I met Popeye a few months ago – not the spinach-loving cartoon character, but a real-life man. His eyes were small and clear, and his hands looked like…

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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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The congregational challenge

Friday, September 1, 2006

I’ve had a lot of questions since Gathering about how congregations should respond to the Board of Faith and Life (BFL) resolution on women in ministry leadership. I’d…

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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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