“Reconciliation takes in every facet of life, every relationship – in easy places and hard places,” says MCC restorative justice coordinator Stephen Siemens; “It’s exciting when lives are transformed.”
Taste and See: An Invitation to Read the Bible
Author: Annabel Robinson
“Try it, you’ll like it!” In a consumer age, a version of this old advertising line calls spiritual seekers to read the Bible. Taste and See invites readers to engage with the Bible and be introduced to God, “whom the Bible is all about.”
A newly formed Office of Religious Freedom will defend those persecuted for their faith around the world, but closer to home many Canadians seem indifferent or even hostile to the idea. You’d think that dedicating Canadian resources to protecting freedom of conscience and religion internationally would be something most citizens could get behind.
Pioneer evangelist and pastor to Indo-Canadians in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, David Manuel was honoured at Celebration 2010 for ministering to more than a generation of Punjabi settlers in the Valley. Some three decades after Manuel started his work out of South Abbotsford (B.C.) MB Church, a number of congregations in the central valley have embarked on an effort to reach out to the growing community of more than 30,000 Punjabi people, most followers of the Sikh religion.
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, recently recognized MEDA’s sustainable approach to economic development in Ethiopia. During his visit, Minister Fantino met with weavers involved in the EDGET program Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade. The project receives funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, and is aimed at helping 10,000 farmers and weavers to create more sustainable livelihoods for their families.
Winnipeg’s Bill Schroeder received the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada (MHSC) award of excellence at the annual meetings held in Winnipeg, Jan. 18–19. Well-known for his historical maps, publications, volunteer work, and decades of leadership on tours to Russia, Schroeder co-authored The Mennonite Historical Atlas with Helmut Huebert. The atlas has sold over 7,000 copies and is a mainstay in most Russian Mennonite research libraries.
The ends for which we live
One lazy Sunday afternoon, my daughter Janaya, home from Columbia Bible College, was slouched on the couch with a book. “Whatcha reading?” I queried. “The Celebration of Discipline,” came her reply. “Ah, Richard Foster,” I acknowledged; “that’s all about musicians.” She looked puzzled. “No, it isn’t,” came her clear but reticent response. “I’m halfway through and there’s nothing about musicians here.”
Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith
Author: Paul Chamberlain
When people of faith take time to understand what their atheist critics say, they are liked to be disturbed, writes Paul Chamberlain, in Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith. “The case against religion is unsettling…. I believe it is meant to be so.” But allowing oneself to be disturbed by the gravity of the accusations is the first step toward searching out thoughtful, honest responses that bolster one’s own faith and prepare religious believers to dialogue with people who raise objections to faith.
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Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross
Author: Derek Flood
Browsing your local Christian bookstore or favorite online bookseller quickly reveals the current trend of books on the gospel: What is the gospel? What’s wrong with the gospel? How do we share the gospel? Is the gospel really good news? These questions are being asked across theological spectrums.