Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Apr. 12–13, 2019 SunWest Church, Calgary “Welcome to SunWest Church’s home,” said lead pastor and ABMB co-moderator Matt Dyck at the outset of the…
Paul J. Loewen
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).
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.
When Jesus – the adopted son of a humble carpenter walked the earth – he was a powerful person. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day recognized his power as they witnessed his early signs and miracles (John 5–8). They began to question by what authority he had such power. His opponents made many suggestions by “whose name” Jesus was performing these signs, all in attempts to discredit his work and to protect their own religious and economic interests (Matthew 12:22–25).