The concept of a Christian labour union goes to the heart of all sorts of stereotypes. Mention “union” and Mennonite in the same sentence, and you could find yourself in uncharted waters. Nowadays, it’s definitely less popular than talking about sex.
To senior pastor Chris Douglas, it seems as if God had been preparing Central Heights to handle the aftermath. Just as the band Starfield was into its second number before some 1,200 fans, a 25-by-25-foot area collapsed, dropping people, heavy church pews, equipment, and building materials into the hole and onto the concrete one storey below.
Rising food prices have dramatically increased the costs of our programming. In Bangladesh, in the four months between the first delivery of food and the second, the cost of rice doubled. These rising prices put unbearable pressure on people trying to cope with disaster.
On a shelf above my desk sits a relic of a bygone era. It is The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). There was a time when the OED was the required reference for anyone needing reliable English etymology. The “uncompact” edition is 17 large volumes – fit only for libraries. And so for students like myself, a compressed 2-volume set was produced.
Change is constant. It’s everywhere we go. It always has been. We either cope with it or it defeats us. But rarely do we remain ambivalent or unaffected. We prefer to see the least amount of change in the church. In the midst of constant societal transformation, we long for and hang onto what we hope will be a changeless church.
Who’s the boss of our lives? For most of us, the answer is obvious – God. Who’s the boss of our everyday work? The answer may not seem so obvious. For those of us who write for a living, our boss can be the reader, the editor, or even the owner of the publication.