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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