Longhurst: New publishing vision

Aug 13, 2018 by

In 2016, shortly after being elected president of Mennonite World Review Inc., I reached out to Barth Hauge and Tobi Thiessen, board chairs of The Mennonite and Canadian Mennonite. I wanted to see if they were...

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Americans, this is who you are

Jul 20, 2018 by

My American friends have been apologizing for how their president is behaving on the international stage — castigating Canada, undermining NATO, praising dictators, starting trade wars. “This is not who we...

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Longhurst: No easy fix for decline

Jul 2, 2018 by

A new book is out on the state of the church in Canada. The picture it paints is pretty grim. Called Leaving Chris­tianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada Since 1945, the book by professors Brian Clarke and...

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Longhurst: Will truth be told?

May 21, 2018 by

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2008, Canada has been wrestling with the legacy of its residential school system for indigenous children. The topic has fueled discussion in the...

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Longhurst: Cure for loneliness?

Apr 9, 2018 by

Earlier this year, the British government created a new portfolio called the Minister for Loneliness. The idea arose out of research that found about 9 million Britons are lonely. More than a third of older...

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Longhurst: Lessons from a long-ago conflict

Feb 26, 2018 by

Although I am Canadian, I’m a bit of a U.S. Civil War buff. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by that terrible war — how it started, the military strategies and campaigns, the lives of ordinary...

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Longhurst: Who fears death?

Jan 15, 2018 by

“Why are evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics overrepresented among those who experience higher levels of guilt, regret and uncertainty in the face of impending death?” That’s a question a...

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Longhurst: ‘A cry for home’

Dec 4, 2017 by

“Everyone needs a home — where families are safe and secure, where their basic needs are met, where they can come and go freely, and where they can imagine a future.” That’s the way a new campaign...

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Longhurst: The end of ‘Sola Scriptura’?

Oct 23, 2017 by

Here in Canada, as in the United States, one of the biggest issues dividing the church is homosexuality. Churches are leaving Mennonite Church Canada over it. In British Columbia, I was told that as many as a...

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Longhurst: Overdue dictionary

Sep 11, 2017 by

He was known as southern Africa’s Billy Graham. His name was Nicholas Bhengu, and he was an evangelist with the Assemblies of God in South Africa from the 1940s until his death in 1985. During his ministry,...

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Longhurst: Valuable social assets

Jul 31, 2017 by

One and a half billion dollars. That’s how much the places of worship are worth in Winnipeg, Man., where I live. That figure comes from what is called the “halo effect,” the value of the social,...

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Longhurst: Faith begets giving

Jun 19, 2017 by

A new survey is out about Canadians and religion, and it reveals some interesting things. The survey by Canadian pollster Angus Reid found that 21 percent of Canadians identify as religiously committed; 30...

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Mass starvation — does anyone give a … ?

May 9, 2017 by

“I have three things I’d like to say today,” said American author Tony Campolo to a crowd at the 1982 interdenominational Spring Harvest church conference in England. “First, while you...

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Longhurst: Secular, not faithless

May 8, 2017 by

This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary. The government will host celebrations to mark the country’s heritage, cultural diversity, citizenship, social contract, respect for pluralism, official languages...

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Love your neighbor; plant seeds

Apr 27, 2017 by

Like many churchgoers, I grew up with a steady diet of sermons about the parables of Jesus — stories about things like lost sheep, coins and sons; Good Samaritans and unforgiving servants; mustard seeds and...

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Longhurst: Liberals who thrive

Mar 27, 2017 by

Last fall, researchers from two Ontario universities set out to discover why mainline churches in Canada are dying. Of the 22 Anglican, United, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches they surveyed, all in Ontario,...

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Longhurst: Genesis 1 or 3?

Feb 13, 2017 by

Are we on the verge of a spiritual renewal in North America — a renewal that might save our planet? That’s the question that comes to me after reading about the pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Sioux...

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Longhurst: More losses for print

Jan 2, 2017 by

More bad news in the world of Christian print magazines in Canada: In September, two of the country’s most venerable publications shut down: the Presbyterian Record, after 140 years, and the Western Catholic...

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Evangelicals and the U.S. election

Nov 21, 2016 by

One thing about the recent U.S. presidential election: Nobody can say religion didn’t matter. By now the story is very familiar; 81 percent of white evangelical voters supported President-elect Donald...

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Longhurst: We are sorry

Nov 21, 2016 by

In October, when Donald Trump’s comments about women were reverberating in my mind, I posted an apology to my female friends on Facebook. In it, I expressed my sadness and outrage for how so many had been...

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