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Church planter retreat sparks national apology

Some 220 church planters and their spouses, along with 20 denominational leaders, met in Ottawa, Nov. 4–7, for C2C Network’s annual church planter retreat. With keynote addresses by Jeff Vanderstelt, Bruxy Cavey, and Alan Hirsch, and a prayer walk around Parliament Hill led by International House of Prayer, planters left the event with renewed energy and vision.

Nov
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BCMB hosts youth pastors’ day

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. For the first time, the B.C. conference of MB churches brought together youth pastors for a day-long retreat at Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre near Chilliwack,…

MCC responds to Typhoon Haiyan

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, providing funding for relief, supporting the initial assessment team of an MCC partner organization, and working with partners to determine needs for longer-term recovery.

Nov
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Calgary mayor learns Mennonite history

It was 1926, in the Mennonite settlement of Orenburg. Jacob Bergen gathered his children and their families on a refugee exodus that led them to Canada; his daughter Katherina with her husband David Enns established their new life in Rosemary, Alta. There were many parallel stories at the time – some families were able to find refuge, some were not.

Nov
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College navigates challenges of current realities

For some years, post-secondary institutions have been grappling with accelerated change. Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., knows the issues well, has introduced many initiatives, and is planning a range of further measures to meet new financial and student realities.

Nov
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Partnerships feature in long-awaited grad ceremony

In spite of the overcast skies, the mood was celebratory in Montreal as ETEM-IBVIE held its first graduation ceremony in four years on Nov. 4. During a period of what has proven to be successful rebuilding and restructuring, 17 students completed a variety of degrees and certificates…

Nov
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Learning for church leaders – online

Web community to provide collection of resources for Mennonite Brethren pastors and leaders A new online community website will soon bring an extensive collection of learning resources to pastors…

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Camp Peniel forges on after balcony collapse

This summer, the balcony of one of Camp Peniel’s (Wentworth-Nord, Quebec) buildings collapsed under many feet during the course of a church group’s rental for a baptism. Accordingly,…

Life & Faith

Community: Defining a “simple” word

Friday, March 17, 2000

Last fall, I had the privilege of taking a graduate class in theology at our local seminary. The class was comprised of believers from various evangelical traditions. We…

The explosion of horizons

Friday, February 4, 2000

A case study on leadership I was recently asked to give a short devotional on the issue of leadership in the Old Testament. (This was in the context…

A dysfunctional Biblical family

Friday, October 8, 1999

The book of Genesis provides a unique opportunity to see a family system in operation over several generations. The story of Jacob’s family covers Genesis 25: 19–35:29, and…

Looking back

Friday, October 8, 1999

“Children obey your parents…. Honour your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:1–2). It is such a simple instruction in such a complicated world. We know what it means, and…

A pig for a pig

Friday, September 27, 1996

She was my elderly Sunday school teacher. She said the story, about a young boy growing up with a father who believed in peace, was true, and I…

Epiphany: the story of two kings

Friday, December 22, 1995

In the Western world, as early as the fourth century, Epiphany was celebrated in the church. Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi (Wise Men) to the Christ…

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