The covenant of disagreement

Nov 3, 2016 by

In the past, the Church could hardly imagine placing ‘covenant’ and ‘disagreement’ into a shared concept. Disagreement represented the opposite of covenant. Covenant necessitated...

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The ability to break

Oct 5, 2016 by

Our vision of leadership seems most informed by the common urge to win. A good leader is defined as someone who leads to victory and growth. However, to limit ourselves to this as the only description of good...

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Not a fragile faith

Apr 28, 2016 by

In a recent Bible study, we were looking at John 20 where Jesus appeared to the disciples. Gathered behind locked doors, Jesus appeared in the midst of them and said “Peace be with you.” Then he...

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Change in the church

Jan 28, 2016 by

Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. I wish there was an emoticon for anxiety to accompany my thoughts on change. I think that the...

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Defining the other and the Syrian refugee crisis

Sep 24, 2015 by

Early in the Syrian refugee crisis, I was asked by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to be part of a delegation meeting with Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Immigration. We indicated that the...

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Worth the energy

Sep 4, 2015 by

It takes a lot of energy to tend to our large church family. Mennonite World Conference met in Harrisburg, Pa., this summer. That global gathering followed closely behind the Mennonite Church USA convention in...

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The fight of truth

Jun 23, 2015 by

When truth is being spoken it is hard to only hear what you want to hear. Truth has a way of speaking directly to the soul even when the mind has tried to dull the hearing. There are many conversations seeking...

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Uncomfortable conversations

May 12, 2015 by

I do not go looking for challenging conversations. But I don’t run from them when they find me. I have come to realize that discomfort is an indispensable element of growth. We generally realize that...

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Where are you, church?

Apr 23, 2015 by

As our Canadian society becomes increasingly secular, I have been thinking that people have disregarded the church. However, this assumption has been challenged for me. This spring I have been asked to...

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The mystery of trust

Dec 24, 2014 by

In times of uncertainty people want visionary leaders. But what if God’s good plan is a period of sustained uncertainty? This Advent season’s theme from Mennonite Church Canada/USA is “O that you...

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After a sad day in Ottawa

Oct 27, 2014 by

Like many Canadians I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city. I resonate with the voices that lament the sense of loss for our peaceful context. I share the...

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Sharing the faith

Oct 6, 2014 by

“Why don’t Mennonites believe in evangelism?” asked my breakfast partner. This was the question of the appointment. With small chat out of the way, the purpose of the invitation became clear. This is not...

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Challenged on energy and consumer choice

Jun 18, 2014 by

I need help sorting out my feelings. Desmond Tutu’s visit to our Canadian oil sands on May 31 has created an emotional storm within me. His assessment of Canada’s energy oil sector is disturbing,...

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Simple faith

May 13, 2014 by

I remember as a child hearing people who would thank God for almost anything good that happened. If they remembered where they had misplaced their car keys, they would thank God. If the sun shone brightly for...

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Asking for money

Mar 31, 2014 by

In September a number of Mennonite Church Canada staff climbed onto bicycles and became part of the Ride for Refugee movement. It was a cold September morning, chilling our fingers and giving us plenty of...

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The responsibility of reputation

Feb 19, 2014 by

The question caught me off guard: “What church did you say you belong to?” “Mennonite Church Canada,” I responded, and continued to explain that we are a Protestant denomination. “Oh, I...

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