As we begin, full disclosure: although a Mennonite Brethren pastor, by spiritual birthright I am very much a Pentecostal. By this, I mean that I was raised in the Pentecostal church, was born-again and baptized in the Pentecostal church, had powerful encounters with the Holy Spirit in the Pentecostal church, went to Pentecostal bible college, and pastored in Pentecostal churches for thirteen years. This was my world until seven years ago when the Lord led me to leave behind the Pentecostals and join the Mennonite Brethren.
Title: Radical apprentices
Author: Ron Mahler
It’s ironic: Christian faith is “shrinking in areas of the world where it enjoys the most privilege,” asserts Ron Mahler in Radical Apprentices – yet in places where it could result in arrest, maiming, torture or even death, faith in Jesus Christ is increasing. This may be a sobering thought, yet Mahler uses this notion as a springboard for advocating that all Christian believers take bigger and bigger risks in sharing their faith, trusting like the disciples in Acts, that the Lord will provide.
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How does someone who believes that no one comes to the Father but through Jesus (John 14:6) communicate that message to those with a different worldview? The Apostle Paul, in Athens (Acts 17), gives us a good road map to follow.*
In off-years between conventions, Canadian conference annual general meeting agendas are usually relatively lean. Such was not the case in Saskatoon, Oct. 17, 2009. Great delegate interest was aroused by the announcement that Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary is in active discussion with Fuller Theological Seminary in the face of dwindling enrollment on the MBBS Fresno campus.
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President Jim Holm’s resignation in August was difficult for everyone at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary because of the key level of trust placed in him. Jim informed the board of his extramarital relationship and offered his resignation. The board acted quickly and appropriately in accepting that resignation.