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What a relief!

When Starbucks rolls out its red cups filled with eggnog or gingerbread lattes; when Walmart stocks Santa merchandise and red & green decorations before the ghosts and orange &…

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Waiting for Christmas

I knew it was going to be a long day when I took my number from the dispenser. The immigration office was jammed with people holding little numbered slips,…

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A simple wish list

…all the way from Africa  What do you want for Christmas? I hear this phrase a lot this time of year. People’s lists run the gamut from practical…

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On a journey toward Jesus

I was raised in a Christian community during a time when boundaries of faith and community were very clear. In my world, drinking alcohol, dancing, smoking, gambling, or going…

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Letters December 2013

Feedback from study conference, A place for all to worship, Addressing the reality of singles, Temptations we all face, Friends make the difference

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Have a theological Christmas

I’m tired of Christmas, and it’s not even here yet. I’m tired of the buying binges and belligerent advertising. The Halloween candy hasn’t been shifted to the discount…

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Bow down or Stand tall

A poet once imagined that the shepherds at Bethlehem undoubtedly taught the three Oriental kings how to kneel at the manger.  I think not! Those kings were wise…

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Early Retirement…to Ukraine?

John and Evelyn Wiens had successful careers and only a few years left in the workforce when they chose to spend 10 years in Zaporozhye. Garry and Evelyn Verhoog…

Life & Faith

Marriage is a subversive act

Friday, February 6, 2004

Marriage in our society has become a commodity. It has become a device to fill the void that individualism has created. We are lonely people and so we wait for our Prince Charming or our Cinderella to fill the void.

What is the church?

Friday, December 21, 2001

There are vast differences of interpretation today about what the church really is. Which is more important-the church universal or the local church? In many of our churches across Canada, it is this question which lurks behind the “membership” issue.

My pilgrimage in mission

Friday, December 21, 2001

A long chapter of my life and work in God’s overseas Kingdom came to an end a few months ago. The length of that chapter was 35 years-equal…

Key Cities Initiative: Responding to the city

Friday, October 26, 2001

The Key Cities Initiative is a vision to plant “reproducing” Mennonite Brethren churches in Canada’s cities through partnerships between the Canadian MB Conference and provincial MB conferences. The…

Understanding and living the Word of God

Friday, October 26, 2001

This article is helpful in addressing the question, “What about those who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Are they doomed for eternity outside of heaven?” This article addresses that issue by stating that “God has made Himself known to all people.” Evidence of God in creation and in one’s conscience, as stated in Romans 1:18ff, is our starting point.

For the love of the city

Friday, October 12, 2001

I grew up in Winnipeg’s west end, within walking distance of Winnipeg Stadium and Winnipeg Arena. I know the city. I love the city. I enjoy rural vacations…

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