You lost me: Young adults and the church

Mar 5, 2015 by

Earlier this month, I was one of many who gathered in the new Marpeck Commons building at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man., to hear from a panel of “young adults” on their age group and the...

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Being a Mennonite academic

Feb 19, 2015 by

It’s interesting being a Mennonite and an academic. Sometimes I find my Anabaptist-Mennonite sensibilities grating against the norms of academia: my “priesthood of all believers” mentality against...

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Advent as “God’s time”

Dec 15, 2014 by

Time. We never seem to have enough of it, and yet it dominates us, ruling our days and how we view and spend our hours, even our very lives. Time was Professor John Swinton’s theme when he spoke a couple of...

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Near Mennonite: Who’s in or out, and why?

Oct 24, 2014 by

At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of going to “Ex-Mennonite, Near Mennonite: Liturgical, Non-denominational, Secular,” a conference hosted by the chair in Mennonite Studies at the...

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On bedtime prayers

Sep 3, 2014 by

I’ve recently started the practice of praying with my 1-year-old son before bed. We’ve had mealtime prayers going for a while now, usually in the form of a song, and at night I usually sing to him, too....

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Mary at the foot of the cross

Apr 28, 2014 by

As we experience another Easter season, I’m thinking of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I know, she’s not the first biblical figure who comes to mind at this time of year — we tend to associate her almost...

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