In a corner of Winnipeg’s sprawling core area – where office towers meet social service agencies, hipsters buy their first condos next to retirees’ last, high culture shares space with guerrilla art, and Chinatown rubs shoulders with skid row – suburban Eastview Community (MB) Church has moved in.
Worship And Mission After ChristendomAuthors: Alan Kreider and Eleanor KreiderBetween fighting “worship wars,” worrying about “watering down” the gospel, and exploring (or deploring) seeker-targeted services, it’s fair to say issues of worship and mission have dominated the ecclesiological landscape in recent decades.
From July 11–14, we will gather in Winnipeg under the banner of “One Lord – One Church – One Mission.” Together we will reaffirm the supremacy of Christ in our lives, churches, and mission. We will also celebrate how God has led us in the past, and be inspired to step into the future God is calling us to through the leading of the Holy Spirit. We will worship together, pray together, repent together, and discuss God’s calling on us a denomination.
Indigenous people in eastern Panama are watching in alarm and frustration as huge tracts of the tropical forest in which they live are cut down by illegal loggers. The seriousness of the situation became clear in March of this year, when two people died and three others were injured in violent confrontations between indigenous communities and loggers.
The CCMBC executive board National Office Review task force called together provincial moderators plus two or three representatives from boards or staff, Apr. 19. The purpose of the summit was to look at the review findings, and collaborate toward a unified vision. Participants at the Calgary meeting sensed the weight of this event was historic – “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
7 Money Rules for LifeAuthor: Mary HuntMoney – specifically, how to handle money – is an important subject in our materialistic culture. The media provides an abundance of business and investment news, but, other than the occasional article on personal debt levels, there’s little information on basic financial management.
“I’ll be looking for opportunities to teach and equip – to bring alignment around the gospel,” said Rob Thiessen. “We can all get along if we keep the centre hot and clear.” With those words at the B.C. convention, Thiessen set the stage for his new role as B.C. conference minister.
Tornado hits Kansas – Bible translated in Inuktitut – Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary changes name – Relief kits sent to 100, 00 Syrian refugees – Eden Health Care appoints new Segue Career Options director – New website offers information on convicted pedophiles – Charles W. Colson dies – Controversy on abortion – Mennonite ‘martyr complex’ discussed – MCC thrift shop in Yarrow damaged by fire
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Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of DistractionsAuthor: Arthur BoersI would have finished reading this thoughtful book sooner if it weren’t for all the distractions! Arthur Boers, associate professor at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, has crafted a fine, fully developed reflection on living with focus; being centred on what is truly meaningful.
BULLYDirector: Lee HirschI had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes within the first five minutes of Lee Hirsch’s well-executed documentary Bully. The anguish in the eyes of parents and their children is difficult but necessary to watch, I believe.
“This is a sacred moment in the history of this denomination – and in our country.” This came from Calgary consultant Terry Mochar, who spent the last eight months studying the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC). He gave a preview of his findings to B.C. MB leaders at their annual convention at Broadway Church, Chilliwack, May 4–5.
Since my early teen years, I’ve harboured a more than mild interest in our feathered friends. My Grade 9 teacher had a remarkable love of the outdoors, and birds in particular. He helped us observe the markings of birds, pushing us to be attentive to a bird’s location by listening for the chirps, whistles, and screeches unique to each species.