Forest church combines worship with great outdoors

Nov 18, 2019 by and

While giving a weather report at the beginning of a worship service is usually cliché, on Oct. 20 in Wilmot, Ont., it would have been redundant. Wilmot Forest Church — a new initiative of Burning Bush...

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Powell: Poverty, pollution: a toxic mix

Oct 28, 2019 by

Media and public opinion have made us aware of the environmental racism in Flint, Mich. Under the management of the state, the drinking water source was changed to a cheaper supply. More than 100,000...

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Yoder-Short: Creation still groans

Oct 28, 2019 by

I’ve heard creation care is a liberal agenda that puts its concerns ahead of national well-being. This got me wondering: Was Paul labeled an eco-freak when he heard creation groaning (Rom. 8:22)? We often...

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Bible: Go ahead, mess with perfection

Aug 27, 2018 by

In the beginning the world was a blank canvas. Then God flipped on the studio lights, stepped up to the easel and threw God’s self headlong into creation. For days, even ages, God worked without rest, lost...

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Why ‘church in nature’ isn’t enough

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s this mildly irritating phrase that I have encountered with some frequency over the course of the decade or so that I have been a pastor. I’m sure you’ve encountered something like it in your own...

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Camps offer faith-building respite

Aug 13, 2018 by and

If Mennonite camping were only about camping, Andrew Michaels would pack up and go home. But since it’s about connecting people to Christ, he remains all in. Michaels directs Camp Luz in Orrville, Ohio, one...

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King: Much more to love

Jul 30, 2018 by

As national flames flare over babies torn from immigrant parents, how public figures are treated in restaurants, naming a new Supreme Court justice, tariffs, taxes, environmental regulations and more, a...

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Creating with God

May 30, 2018 by

According to Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, God created the world by imagination, yet for many of us imagination and creativity are rarely associated with our faith. Our playful imaginative selves often...

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Grow joy this Christmas

Nov 28, 2017 by

The Eternal God planted a garden in the east in Eden—a place of utter delight—and placed the man whom He had sculpted there. In this garden, He made the ground pregnant with life—bursting forth with...

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Hospitality and creation

Oct 9, 2017 by

I was recently prompted to remember an important conversation with a friend. This friend identifies “radical hospitality” as an important part of her mission and ministry. By extending and receiving...

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Eclipse inspires, brings Anabaptists together

Aug 22, 2017 by and

The solar eclipse’s phase of totality may have been mere minutes, but activities surrounding the Aug. 21 event encompassed multiple days for several Mennonite congregations near or in the 70-mile-wide path...

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Living into the Sabbath

Jun 16, 2017 by

In her book Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture, Francine Klagsbrun introduces us to the wonder of the Sabbath day. She calls it a miracle because no such day existed until it appeared full-blown in...

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Science of creation

May 22, 2017 by

Burton Yost (Letters & Comments, April 24) appears to suggest the biblical creation narrative is not supported by science and therefore we must validate its truth elsewhere. He also suggests evolutionary...

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Truth beyond facts

Apr 24, 2017 by

Recent letters have addressed the Genesis creation stories and the theory of evolution. We need to look at the differences between these two perspectives. One is based on science; the other is a profound and...

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Science and Genesis

Feb 27, 2017 by

Discussion of the conflict between Genesis 1 and science centers on evolution (“Museum Enshrines One Creationist View,” Book Review, Jan. 16), but the far greater conflict between a literal reading of...

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A truer truth?

Feb 27, 2017 by

John Longhurst’s discussion (“Genesis 1 or 3?,” North of the 49th, Feb. 13) regarding the different perspectives of Genesis 1 and 3 raises the interesting question of why the compilers of the Hebrew...

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Bible: Delight in God’s handiwork

Jan 16, 2017 by

“Praise the Lord, sun and moon and all you shining stars!” Psalms 104 and 148 are different from the three psalms we have studied earlier in that they are entirely focused on the natural world, on...

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Bible: Overflowing pastures, joyful hills

Jan 2, 2017 by

No doubt some Sunday school attenders will brave ice or snow in order to discuss Psalm 65, where “valleys deck themselves with grain”! This should remind us that other Christians reading this lesson may be...

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Bible: Celebrate creation and Creator

Dec 19, 2016 by

“Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy!” Our texts for the five Sundays in January are psalms. The one theme that holds these five psalms together is praise for some aspect of creation —...

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Not merely physical

Sep 26, 2016 by

Would redirecting energy away from conflict, as the Sept. 12 editorial suggests, be helped by refocusing our minds from thinking about sexuality with a human point of view to the record of Scripture? Then we...

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Kehrberg: Why do I believe?

Sep 12, 2016 by

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. — C.S. Lewis During a supper discussion about how many of their classmates...

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God’s image in your neighborhood

Jun 15, 2016 by

Some people see God best in nature. They love walking in parks and botanical gardens for hours. The natural world breathes life into their spirit. It’s where they prefer to be. I’ve never been one of those...

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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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