History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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I wear my heart on my sleeve

Dec 9, 2019 by and

When Alisha and I and our son, Asher, moved to Barcelona, many things didn’t make the cut in our attempt to “leave all things behind” and follow Jesus. However, Martyrs Mirror was never on the chopping...

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Martyr memorial dedicated

Dec 17, 2018 by and

Braving frigid winds and a temperature below the freezing point, about 100 people gathered Nov. 10 at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Man., to dedicate a statue honoring an Anabaptist martyr defined...

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Statue to honor martyr

Jun 18, 2018 by and

STEINBACH, Man. — Manitoba sculptor Peter Sawatzky has been commissioned to create a bronze statue of martyred Anabaptist Dirk Willems. Based on an engraving of Willems by Jan Luyken in Martyrs Mirror, the...

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In the Dirk Willems story, who represents Christ?

Jan 4, 2016 by

In my office I have an Anabaptist icon. In some ways, it’s a piece of artwork that shouldn’t exist. Anabaptists and iconography have not traditionally been very good bedfellows. In spite of this fact,...

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Dirk Willems (re)discovered

Oct 12, 2015 by

While a seminary student at Andrews University, I visited the Menno-Hof museum in Shipshewana, Ind. There I learned an amazing story that captured my imagination. In May of 1569, Dirk Willems, an Anabaptist in...

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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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