Stuart Murray in his book, The Naked Anabaptist, suggests that many Anabaptists around the world are part of traditions we wouldn’t readily associate with Anabaptism. According to Murray, they practice a stripped down or “naked” form of Anabaptism
The reasons for claiming an Anabaptist identity have varied over time: in Russia, early Mennonite Brethren leaders were quick to claim continuity with the Mennonite-Anabaptist tradition, at least in part, to insure they didn’t jeopardize their legal status as Mennonites.
The first church that had to endure me as pastor was a gracious lot. I was 23 years old, idealistic, and sure my convictions were right. I had been raised in a Mennonite church, steeped like grandma’s canned cinnamon crab apples (don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried ‘em!) in a particular brand of Anabaptism and unaware how much I had to unlearn.
Launching into a new year on Jan. 8, Vineland (Ont.) Mennonite Brethren Church celebrated 80 years of community involvement with a service of farewell to VMB and welcome to Southridge Community Church, based in St. Catharines, Ont., who grafted Vineland into their multisite church family.
There’s a growing surge of interest in defining who we are as a denomination – in what we believe and what the implications of those core beliefs are. This is a healthy exercise, even though it makes us uncomfortable at times. We often prefer ignorance to clarity, as ignorance can create an aura of unity, while clarity may open the door for disagreement.
Gerardo Ferreira navigates his van through a labyrinth of makeshift shacks and narrow cobblestone roads in Asunción’s notorious Pelopincho slum – a crime-ridden shantytown even police are reluctant to enter – and comes to a stop.
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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking FaithAuthor: David KinnamanFollowing up with students who have graduated out of your youth group can be one of the most rewarding aspects of that ministry – or one of the most terrifying.
Last fall, a 60-foot tree in our backyard suffered a large broken limb, so we had to take the whole thing down quickly. Staring at an estimated $1,000–1,500 bill for a company to come in on short notice made for a restless Saturday, not to mention the prospect of a tree landing on our home.
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and MeAuthor: Ian Morgan CronYou’re at an outreach event listening to a special speaker flown in for the evening to tell his amazing testimony. This book is that story. It’s a first-person account of how the author survived an alcoholic father and went on to struggle with his own alcoholism. In the end, he winds up as an Episcopal priest.
“Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Canada represents a new model for MB graduate theological education in Canada, one which is more accessible to pastors and leaders across the country,” says MBBS–ACTS associate dean Brian Cooper.