This past winter – with its harsh weather, treacherous driving conditions and dismal power outages – reminded me that God is the sustainer of all things. As spring appears, I’m reminded that God is also the one who makes all things new: melts the ice, cracks the facades we hide behind, brings fresh hope, transforms our circumstances.
Winds of the Spirit: A Profile of Anabaptist Churches in the Global South
Authors: Conrad L. Kanagy, Tilahun Beyene, and Richard Showalter
“This is an exceptionally important book.” So says Philip Jenkins, author and authority on global trends in Christianity. As a student of the Mennonite Brethren church movement, I tend to agree.
Kevin Carrigan is an Anabaptist in the literal sense of the word. In its Jan. 1, 2012, morning service, Culloden MB Church, Vancouver, baptized and commissioned Carrigan to minister to the congregation as associate pastor of young adults and worship.
There’s a growing surge of interest in defining who we are as a denomination – in what we believe and what the implications of those core beliefs are. This is a healthy exercise, even though it makes us uncomfortable at times. We often prefer ignorance to clarity, as ignorance can create an aura of unity, while clarity may open the door for disagreement.
A 15-metre galley ship tucked into the ruins of a castle vault restores to public memory a dramatic episode in Anabaptist history. It tells the story of 90 Hutterite men condemned to galley service – rowing the narrow warships – for refusing to recant their faith. A Taeufermuseum (Anabaptist museum) in Austria’s Falkenstein castle displays the historical context and faith emphases of the country’s Anabaptist movement.
During a church council retreat in the spring of 2002, a new vision was conceived for worship at Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford, B.C. This vision was inspired, in part, as a response to a growing concern. A number of committed church members had recently left the Mennonite Brethren denomination to join the Anglican church. What did those leaving the MB church find fulfilling when they participated in an Anglican worship service?
The Mennonite Brethren movement began 150 years ago in southern Russia with 18 families. Today, we are a diverse group of 18 conferences in 15 countries representing some 300,000 people, with church planting work being done by MBMS International workers in at least another dozen countries.
The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has taken another critical step toward reconciliation with Anabaptists. At its October meeting near Geneva, the council unanimously recommended that the LWF Eleventh Assembly adopt the statement, “Action on the Legacy of Lutheran Persecution of ‘Anabaptists’,” when it meets in Stuttgart, Germany, in July 2010.
With a whole new take on the concept of denominations, the emergent church (alternately known as emerging church) is cutting across old ecclesiological boundaries. Gareth Brandt examines the remarkable similarities between…