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I am not new to the pages of this magazine—having written columns and occasional articles for five years—but allow me to begin my new role as a regular staff writer by offering... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Will Braun
One of the things that I enjoy most about winter is that it’s curling season. Each Monday morning I join our local clergy curling club for some spirited fun on the ice. Curling is... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | David Martin
In my last column, “Yet another outspoken white man,” Nov. 14, 2011, page 10, I tried to indicate my struggle with male dominance among us Mennonites. I listed 21 white men that... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
On a rainy Lower Mainland Friday night my son and I hit the slopes. It turned out to be a beautiful evening on the mountain, where the rain turned to snow and the coniferous trees... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Gender identity not just based on biology Re: “Letters to my sister,” Oct. 31 , Nov. 14 and 28 . These letters reflect an honest attempt at informed dialogue which is often... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Viewpoints |
Reflecting recently on 57 years of writing as “an icon of Canadian literature,” Ruby Wiebe told an overflow audience at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., that one... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
“Why plant a new church?” It’s a legitimate question and, as a church planter, one I have heard often. With most churches in decline, and more than a few closing altogether, does... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | By Troy Watson
While driving to work the other morning I was listening to the radio, as I usually do. The program host had a guest on the show and they were discussing seasonal tipping etiquette... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Daniel Horne
In the last few columns, I’ve written about different ways to manage conflict, including avoidance, competition, accommodation and compromise. Each of these responses can be quite... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
The Ebenezer stone represented a fresh beginning, a reversal of course for God’s people. It also said something important about God: his mercies were everlasting; his covenant was... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Learn from the Bible, not cults or other religions Re: “ Learning from diverse faiths ,” Nov. 14, page 4. I was surprised and disappointed with the article about learning from... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Viewpoints |
Rachel Bergen, national correspondent, has been re-assigned as co-editor of Young Voices, and New Order Voice columnist Will Braun has been hired as senior writer. Both will work... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Editorial |
As we enter the year 2012, one of my goals for Canadian Mennonite and for its primary readership—members of the faith community of Mennonite Church Canada—is to maintain a high... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Recently, our small group embarked on a series entitled “Exploring spirituality through powerlessness.” The intent of this group is to take a look at a 12-step program—designed... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
Ev er been pulled like plastic wrap over a warm roast pan? I was cleaning up after a great meal prepared by my beautiful wife. The roast pan had some leftovers, well, left over,... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
1. The church is wounding people deeply based on sexual orientation. This is not what God wants. We must do better. 2. As a university student in 1993, I attended a meeting about... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
Letters in response to sexuality issues Re: “ There is hope for those who want to leave the gay lifestyle ” letter, Oct. 17, pg . 7. Yes, there is hope for gay persons, just as... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Viewpoints |
An Ontario pastor raised the question of not defining proof-texting and challenged my guideline of wanting only “new information” when calling for a “reasoned discussion” on... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In this final instalment of a three-part series of back-and-forth letters, Faith Elaine Linton and Joyce Gladwell wrap up their conversation on homosexuality. (See Part 1 and Part... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Viewpoints |
As an archivist, I’m curious about history and trends, and changes in the way Mennonites live and worship. At this time of year, my curiosity turns toward Advent. How has our... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Viewpoints | Alf Redekopp
It was a difficult family matter and it called for our best conflict-resolution skills. In the end, we reached a compromise, a good solution, and the best we could manage given... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
‘As Amos as possible’ Re: “I’m a human being,” Sept. 5, page 12. Troy Watson’s column reminded me of a story in Jewish lore. It went something like this: Amos Bultman came before... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Viewpoints | Various Contributors
“ Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In this second installment of our three-part series of back-and-forth letters, elderly twin sisters Faith Elaine Linton and Joyce Gladwell continue their conversation on the topic... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Viewpoints |
I wonder if it’s enough to be an outspoken white man. In my early years of Christian zeal, I learned from radio host and author James Dobson that men and women were different but... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns

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