Reasons to hope this Easter

Saturday, April 15, 2017

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”—Luke 24:5 He is risen, indeed! Resurrection is the ultimate sign of…

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Easter Outside

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

//// //// Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed A church in Burkina Faso enjoys a macaroni dinner after the Easter service. Eating together makes for a happy celebration! It’s popular for churches to…

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The addition and subtraction of Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The addition and subtraction of Lent Seasons of seeking God, and elevated intentionality in spiritual practices like Lent or Advent are useful. “Grace removes earning; it does not…

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The power of the Cross(es)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The first time I visited Lithuania, pastor Valdas picked me up from the Šiauliai (pronounced “show-lie”) train station and asked, “You want to see something unique? We have a little time before our meeting.”

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Hope for the shadow people

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We are the shadow people who dance with death, that great shade, our whole life long. We try to run from its darkness, we avoid it, we try…

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An anxious Saviour

Friday, March 27, 2015

After plowing through scores of accounts, I have come to realize the manner of Jesus’ death is rarely reflected in common, idealized martyrdom stories. The majority of those…

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Why Lent, why Now?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

There were certain traditions in my Mennonite Brethren upbringing; Lent wasn’t one of them. So why Lent, and why now? I’ve wrestled with this. Here’s my answer: my…

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Turning toward the resurrection

Sunday, February 1, 2015

“The resurrection changes everything,” says Jeff Peters, director of advancement at MB Biblical Seminary Canada. “Christians should spend time contemplating and celebrating this pivotal event.” The seminary has…

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Let’s go down to the water

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The chilly spring waters of the Pacific Ocean didn’t deter 29 people from plunging beneath the surface this Easter as a public witness to the truth and power of the gospel. On April 20, 2014, four Mennonite Brethren churches held outdoor baptisms…

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Rising from the waters: The celebration of baptism

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I was raised in the Roman Catholic church. My rebaptism in the Mennonite Brethren church was a defining moment in my life. I invited my parents to the…

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Ready for resurrection

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Every Easter, I carefully place a bowl of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) on my table as a colourful and meaningful centrepiece. The eggs are hand-decorated treasures of times…

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One final step

Sunday, April 1, 2012

One final step I think of the immense willpower Jesus needed to be fully human, to take that final step toward a painful, humiliating, slow death on the…

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Meditation: A dark day called “Good”

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It’s terrifying to be forgotten. Imagine you’re a child walking through a mall and you suddenly realize you’ve become separated from your parents. Or you’re an adult who walks into the house to find doors unlocked, lights on, TV blaring – but not a person anywhere. What if you’ve been left behind, forgotten? The fear is palpable.

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Two Easter truths

Sunday, April 1, 2012

On February 9, 2012, fifteen speakers at the second annual TEDxManitoba conference, including two from Mennonite Brethren churches, animated the day with their “ideas worth spreading.” Technology Education Design is a secular, nonprofit project that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Their online site www.ted.com/talks attracts a global audience in the millions.

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The gift of being in need

Friday, April 1, 2011

I don’t know about you, but when I first became a Christian, I tried to have it all together so that I would be a good advertisement for the faith. I imagined myself a walking billboard, flashing “Believe in Jesus, and you too can have a perfect life!”

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