The gospel calls us to be unsettled

Friday, August 25, 2017

Restoration, reconciliation and adult Sunday school Living in Canada in 2017, we have much to be grateful for. We are spared from armed conflicts, famines and so much…

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Be my guest

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

“Drop in any time!” I waved goodbye to our guests, then closed the door and slumped against the wall, bleakly surveying the detritus left in their wake. What…

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How to work and share across differences

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What is the point of building relationships with people who believe differently than us?

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My church visitor project

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sitting in my car outside a Catholic church in Saskatoon, I was nervous and full of questions. As I pastor, I’m in church every Sunday – but I…

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Prayer: Who answers whom?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Everywhere I’ve lived and travelled, Christians and congregations pray. Yet many Christians tell me they struggle to pray. That prompts me to ask: Why do Christians pray? Do…

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Don’t read this book if…

Thursday, January 1, 2015

People have been coming to this continent in a more or less steady stream for the past few hundred years. It was once fashionable to call the early waves of these newcomers “settlers,”…

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Reading Psalm 46 in reverse

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

About 20 years ago, my wife Erika and I lived in a house with a beautiful stream running behind it. During that period, I was worried, couldn’t sleep…

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Who was Barbara?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lists of people, long lists – archives have lots of them. As I type up the names, my mind wanders. I lose my place and have to reorient…

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They will know us by our theological arrogance

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I’ve been saying it for years. Those in the evangelical tradition who are perceived to be either liberal or conservative are not that different from one another. An…

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The hands and feet of Jesus

Sunday, December 1, 2013

“Oh my God! Oh my God!” gushed Sister Sophia, meeting us as we disembarked the bus. The nun in her sky-blue habit wasn’t taking God’s name in vain…

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Not just the body – the body of Christ

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Is your preferred religious movement growing? I don’t care. Is it shrinking? I don’t care. Does it provide social cohesion? I don’t care…. Here’s what matters: trying to…

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An orientation for single sexuality: The “do’s”of purity

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I’m not waiting for marriage. Like many other evangelical teenagers, I signed a yellow “True Love Waits” index card in youth group and wore a chastity ring. These…

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Why don’t young adults go to church?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A discussion among us 30-something Mennonites has been heating up online. It’s a discussion that cuts to the heart of nearly everything the church worries about us. The question…

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Message in a bottle: A cry for truth and reconciliation

Saturday, June 1, 2013

I was getting desperate. It was the last of four days at the Montreal Truth and Reconciliation Commission meetings. Sorrow, despair, hope, anger, defeat, defiance, and confusion washed over…

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Colombian church planters embrace “crazy”

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Every morning, our group piles into a van that drives us to the MCC Colombia office. Every morning, we laugh in disbelief at the way traffic flows: steadily…

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