There’s an aphorism that’s been hanging outside our study for more than 20 years: “We don’t believe in miracles. We rely upon them.” This saying had always been nothing but head knowledge to us, but we came to realize its profound meaning through some recent experiences.
Representing all 10 Mennonite Brethren churches (known as AEFMQ) in the province, nearly 350 members and adherents met September 7 at Lucille-Teasdale school in Blainville, Quebec to celebrate together.
The term “miracle” is derived from the Latin word miraculum meaning “something wonderful.” But due to its casual use in our day, the term has lost much of its lustre.
Many Anabaptist churches observe Peace Sunday in early November to remember the gospel of peace proclaimed and embodied by Jesus Christ. Mennonite Central Committee’s 2008 guide for churches for Peace Sunday is available from mcc.org/peacesunday.
“I started thinking about Christianity after my wife died – but where would I go to find out about it? It wasn’t going to be from some preacher.” It was obvious from the tone and response that his conclusion was as self-evident as the beauty of the day.
They came “home” to Columbia Bible College (CBC) to reconnect with friends from the past and share the stories of God’s faithfulness in their lives.
Lorraine loves the church. The Mennonite Brethren church. This love was discovered on a mission assignment shortly after graduation from Bible school.
The Peace Church and the Ecumenical Community: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Nonviolence
Author:Fernando Enns, translated by Helmut Harder
Fernando Enns (keynote speaker at the Believers Church Conference held in Winnipeg in June) is emerging as a very important Mennonite voice. The German theologian is active in peace church theology and ecumenical studies, is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and pastors a Mennonite church. His ecumenical work has been central to the WCC’s important peace initiative, Decade to Overcome Violence (2001–2011).
On the Way with Jesus: A Passion for Mission
Author: Richard Showalter
“Lord, we are unworthy, we are weak, we are not excellent, but we want to go.”
Such is the prayer of a Honduran church leader in On the Way with Jesus by Richard Showalter. In this book, the president of Eastern Mennonite Missions combines his academic study of Anabaptist mission with rich personal experience.
A new self-storage business recently opened in my end of town. It’s huge – nine buildings with 768 storage units of varying sizes. Looking at it, I wondered: How many people need to rent extra space to store their stuff?
The PromiseFather’s DaughterThe latest release from Father’s Daughter demonstrates the saying, “there’s nothing like a family blend when it comes to harmony.” The Promise, the group’s second CD, does not disappoint. Creative harmonies combined with great musical arrangements and biblically sound lyrics add up to an enriching, entertaining listening experience.
[Pastors set denomination’s tone] re [October], [Denominations not a panacea] re [October], [Proudly display MB name] re [October], [Church is for the whole town] re [October], [Emergents disregard biblical authority] re [October], [Ask God about Laughter] re [October], [Healing required] re [September], [Accountability structures on the decline] re [September], [Authority without accountability dangerous] re [September], [Don’t forget youth] re [September], [Words are imprecise] re [September], [Lots of figurative language in the Bible] re [September], [What it means to be Mennonite] re [August], [Responsibility to protect unborn] re [July].
A widely known author, lecturer, and commentator on church and faith is grateful he has survived a medical emergency that could have claimed his life.
What a joy our first son has been to my wife Audrey and me. Three years after Nolan’s birth, we welcomed our second son, Cameron, into the world. Life was good.