Kristal Toews grew up immersed in the Mennonite Brethren theological and cultural heritage. Three of her grandparents came from Mennonite colonies in Russia, and emigrated from there in the 1920s. Most of these grandparents became leaders in MB institutions.
Our May prayer focus is inviting and seeking the Holy Spirit to fill us with Patience. This is the fourth quality in the fruit of the Spirit list we find in Galatians 5.
In John 20:15, before she recognized Jesus in his risen state, Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Such an odd question for Jesus to ask. He knew full well why she was crying, so why did he ask her that?
“We desire to help adults and children experience wholeness in Jesus Christ that propels them to live by their faith in their families, workplaces and neighbourhoods.”
Karen West is Pastor Emeritus at WMB church in Waterloo, Ontario. She is also the PFLT representative for Ontario on the NFLT.
For the month of March, our prayer focus is for the Holy Spirit to fill us with Joy! This is the second quality in the fruit of the Spirit list we find in Galatians 5. The biblical concept of joy, as expressed through the Hebrew word simchah and the Greek word chara, involves something more than the quest for ‘happiness’, which our secular world calls us to pursue.
Two retired teachers sit in front of their audience at McNally Robinson Booksellers: Sarah Klassen about to read from her most recent novel, The Russian Daughter, and her former fellow teacher, Faith Johnson, interviewing her.
In the final installment of this series, my intent is to carefully distinguish Christian patience from merely acting slowly. While
haste is often reckless and even dangerous, Christians are called to an urgent patience that expresses trust in God and seeks to embody patience at a faithful pace, which sometimes calls for waiting and other times for quick (not unnecessarily hasty) action that is itself shaped by patience.
In the Patience of Love’s Delay, Part 3 In the previous installments of this 4-part series addressing Christian patience, I suggested first that we should take heed of the need…
God’s patience is most clearly manifested in Jesus Christ. It is in the revelation of Jesus Christ, and the attestation of Scripture that we can begin to speak of the necessary patience of God; Jesus is the person in whom the patience of God has been fully vindicated.
On Saturday, September 10th, Arnold Community Church hosted a neighbourhood block party to thank those who supported local residents during the November 2021 flood through their time, resources and generosity.…
While careful definition is important and provides insight, the pursuit and refining of such definitions cannot do the work needed to come to a nuanced understanding of patience in the Bible. Simply noting the terms cited above, one can already see that, taken together, they begin to offer a multi-faceted meaning that does not rely on a clear distinction of meaning.
“These days we pray for everything in a bold expectant way. And God has answered so many prayers.
When God first spoke to us about you—this child we were meant to find—your mother and I understood that adoption is very close to the heart of our God. He is the God of orphans and widows and the poor, you know.
“Jim’s congenital condition is mostly hidden from plain sight. Partially obscured is the fact that he is also a leader. He volunteers selflessly and cares for others in a way that I have seldom observed.”