Douglas Estes, in his book SimChurch, describes the experience of creating an avatar (virtual character) and visiting a “virtual church” at a website called Second Life. His online character is able to experience a church service with all the usual elements of a real-world church – congregational music, sermon, offering, and communion.
“Have you read this book? It’s going to change our church for the better!” “Yeah. Plus we’re going to use some cool social media that will really rejuvenate our ministry!” Christians seem to be magnetically drawn to all the latest and greatest ministry innovations.
Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount with a reminder not only to hear his words, but to put them into practice (Matthew 7:24–27). Jesus expected people to respond to his teaching by taking concrete action. The apostles carried on this expectation in their ministry, illustrated by the crowd’s response to the apostles’ teaching at Pentecost:
WithAuthor: Skye JethaniToo often, Christians approach the Bible and God with an eye toward a three-step solution to whatever ails us. In the opening of With, managing editor of Leadership Journal and speaker Skye Jethani argues that we often see God as a means to an end, rather than the end himself.
MCC restructuring process results in employee layoffs; Portage Avenue Church celebrates 75th anniversary; Canadian Foodgrains Bank responds to drought in East Africa; Ten Thousand Villages Canada appoints new general manager; Theological education to provide for Chinese-language church leaders; MCC may need to scale back or temporarily delay programs; Canada’s first aboriginal saint canonized; Creative Living Legacies workshop offered; Students raise money for MCC program
Mennonite Central Committee thrift shops, material resource centre, and offices are to rise on a new 8.5-acre campus in B.C.’s central Fraser Valley. The project proposal won overwhelming approval at a special meeting of B.C. MCC members Dec. 15.
Dad loved to work. One of his frustrations in the last year was the loss of strength to work. He knew well how to delegate, having raised seven children on a farm; but now he guarded the tasks he was still able to do, such as moving folding chairs from the car’s trunk to the house, and expressly asked that I not help.
The premise of “Indescribable” is attention-grabbing right from the start: murder. At the centre of this art show are two stories of murder. Five artists have worked to make sense of the senseless, exploring feelings and memories related to personal tragedy in this exhibit at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg.
At its Jan. 27–28 meeting in Abbotsford, B.C., the executive board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) unanimously approved, in principle, the findings and recommendations of the National Ministry Effectiveness Project. The project – a review of all conference ministries – was commissioned by the board in conjunction with its hiring of executive director Willy Reimer in early 2011.
Beyond the Dark Night: An Ethiopian JourneyAuthor: Ingrid KossThere are so many stories that come our way; stories of economic hardship, of war and earthquakes, of survival, of struggle and grace. The constant barrage of news has the power to numb us to sorrow, and to God’s work in individual lives in the midst of a blur of global trends and realities.