More than 200 guests celebrated God’s provision of the school’s 14th president, Howard J. Wall, at the Bethany College campus, Sept. 24. Wall officially joined the Bethany team in July, but constituency, supporting churches, affiliate organizations, board of directors, faculty, staff, and students formally welcomed Wall to the role with the school’s first presidential inauguration in fall.
At Gathering 2010, delegates heard about specific plans for seminary restructuring in Canada, following the recent transfer of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) to Fresno Pacific University (FPU). John Unger and Jack Falk (Canadian task force leaders), together with Lynn Jost (president of MBBS) explained why the seminary merged with FPU in the U.S. and shared the proposed plans for Canada.
“My heart was crumbling to the ground, hearing what had happened to mothers and girls about what they now have to deal with in their lives,” says Helen Funk about the Old Colony Mennonite women in Bolivia. But the Family Life Network radio host also has good news from the region.
Praying the Hours in Ordinary LifeAuthors: Lauralee Farrer and Clayton J. SchmitNumerous evangelicals and Mennonites of late have rejoiced to rediscover an awareness of the liturgical year, that framework by which our wider Christian tradition matches key themes and stances of the church’s life with the seasons of the calendar. Here is a book about rediscovering the “liturgical day.”
Over the last several months, we’ve been shadowing the Dawn Treader as it adventures eastward. We’ve let C.S. Lewis entertain us with a rollicking story, but we’ve also let him sow seeds of theological truth in our imaginations as we unpack some of the symbols he uses to tell this story.
Outside the wallsElsinore MediaWorksLocal outreach is changing. Among Canadian evangelical churches, “local outreach” has often meant helping people to believe in Jesus so they can be saved. Increasingly, local outreach in many of these churches includes ministries of mercy and care for people who are marginalized.
Introducing Elton DaSilva, Willy Reimer, Phil Wagler, Martin Lanthier, Greg Klassen, Luke Heidebrecht, Darlene Klassen, Randi Rempel
Farewell to Matthew Todd, Ed Heinrichs
The Agora Church closes – farewell to J.B. Robertson and Herb Koop
Some 375 MBs from 10 churches across Quebec gathered for their annual fall rally in Sainte-Thérèse, Que., Sept. 12. The one-day event was sponsored by the Quebec MB conference (AEFMQ – Association des Églises des frères mennonites du Québec), and featured keynote speaker Jean Raymond Théorêt.
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural FormationAuthor: James K.A. SmithDo you ever wish that your church’s worship rituals had the capacity to shape or influence the worldview of the participants? They do, according to James K.A. Smith, who believes that every worship liturgy is an education, highly influential in forming attitudes and desires. The issue at stake is, “what kind of education do our liturgies offer?”
It was our third cup of tea, and we had yet to converse. Hair awry, a note of hysteria creeping into her carefully modulated voce materno, my young friend was fending off another attack from her preschool-age twins, whom I privately referred to as “Search” and “Destroy.”
For many years, the rhythm of my life was determined by the school calendar. New Year’s Day seemed a random date in the middle of winter – my year began in September when classes commenced, and ended in June when they wrapped up, leaving the summer months for other pursuits.
As criminal investigation continues into gang rape allegations on some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing with addictions, sexual abuse, and violence against women.