College is like a vaccine

Mar 2, 2015 by

The recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland got me thinking about Christian higher education and the future of the church. It’s a strange connection, I know. But hear me out. The measles outbreak has...

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A church in trouble

Jan 19, 2015 by

When talking about the future of the church in North America, I sometimes joke there are only two kinds of denominations today — those that are in trouble, and those that will be. One Canadian denomination...

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A good death

Dec 8, 2014 by

Canada’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether physician-assisted suicide should be legal. Not surprisingly, the issue is heated and controversial. For most of us, it is an academic debate. We...

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Can Anabaptists rock and roll?

Oct 13, 2014 by

“Are Anabaptists ready to rock and roll?” That was the question asked by Amy Gingerich of MennoMedia on the Mennobytes blog in September. Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia, asked the question...

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Islamist terrorism horrifies Muslims

Sep 15, 2014 by

With all the terrible actions of Islamist extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, there’s a lot of concern and worry about Islam-inspired terrorism today — in the Muslim world. Surprised? It turns out...

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Called to visit prisoners — even a terrorist

Jun 23, 2014 by

“I was in prison and you visited me.” Christians have used that verse as a reason to serve prisoners across North America. But does that include someone convicted of terrorism? Arlette Zinck believes it...

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Not coming, not leaving

May 12, 2014 by

What’s the largest religious group in Canada? Christianity. What’s the second largest? None. According to the Canadian government’s National Household Survey, almost a quarter of the population, or about...

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A gift that saved a life

Mar 31, 2014 by

More than 3,000 Canadians are waiting for a kidney transplant. Many will die while on the waiting list. Carol Penner thinks that’s wrong. So wrong, she donated a kidney herself to help someone who needed the...

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Being a blessing

Feb 17, 2014 by

“A blessing to others.” That’s what John Unger, who retired last year as pastor of Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Man., decided he wanted to be after wrestling with the issue...

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MCC Canada’s history

Jan 6, 2014 by

You know you’re getting older when you read a history book and you are in it. The book is Mennonite Central Committee in Canada: A History by Esther Epp-Tiessen. Published by CMU Press for the 50th...

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