Evangelical decline

Aug 29, 2016 by

Living so close to the United States, it is impossible for Canadians not to be inundated by U.S. news — and often impacted by it, too. As one of our former prime ministers put it, it’s like sleeping with...

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The economy of Jesus

Aug 15, 2016 by

Capitalism is killing Christianity. When a seminary friend first suggested this theory to me a year ago, I thought it was overblown. I have no affinity for capitalism as an economic system. I’m as much an...

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‘O my Lord, what shall I do?’

Jul 14, 2016 by

According to church researcher Ed Stetzer, more than 40 percent of Americans say they go to church weekly, however, it turns out that less than 20 percent of them are actually in church. That means that more...

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Why is church so hard?

May 13, 2016 by

For the past couple of years, my blog’s tagline has been: “Religion is easy; discipleship is hard.” I’m starting to think that perhaps this slogan is only half right. Discipleship certainly is hard,...

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8 reasons Canadians don’t go to church

Mar 14, 2016 by

In Canada, as in the U.S., lots of people don’t attend church. About 80 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Americans do something else on Sunday mornings. Why is that? Joel Thiessen, a sociology...

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A more valuable sacrifice

Sep 28, 2015 by

In Mark’s Twain’s posthumously published collection of essays, Letters from the Earth, the fallen archangel Satan sends correspondence back to Gabriel and Michael about the curious creatures who inhabit...

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The church is changing, so keep moving

May 25, 2015 by

The Pew Research Center’s study on religion in the United States, released this month, revealed that the church is in the midst of significant changes. Mennonites are too statistically insignificant to be...

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Declining religiosity

May 25, 2015 by

Editors attending the conventions of Canadian Church Press and the U.S.-based Associated Church Press in late April in Toronto heard the latest challenging statistics about religion in Canada and its effect on...

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The rise of the dones — done with church, that is

Apr 28, 2015 by

One of the fastest growing religious groups in Canada today is the nones. These are people who, when asked if they have a religious preference, say “none.” But there’s another group that is also gaining...

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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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