Part 1 There are three requirements for “heaven,” or “perfection,” as we understand it: God’s people, in God’s place, underRead More
July 17, 2011 |
As a point of clarification I wrote this post before I realized that fellow CM blogger Paul Loewen is the son of Arvid Loewen (see below post ). So I welcome any clarifications... Read More
July 15, 2011 |
Biking 20 out of every 24 hours, sleeping only 2 hours. What does it take to get across the country in record time? My dad's an ultra-marathon cyclist. In this sport, everything... Read More
July 11, 2011 |
Once again we as Canadians are able to send and receive mail by regular post and the story of this labour dispute will likely fade from our newspaper pages. For me, this is... Read More
June 30, 2011 |
The "new" science of love, she calls it. Well, I wouldn't say it's so new, except in perhaps in western scientific knowledge. There's nothing much new that she said. It's just... Read More
June 15, 2011 |
I hate feeling at the mercy of other specialists. I am not thinking so much about my occasional visit to the doctor’s office. I am thinking particularly of the specialists who... Read More
June 7, 2011 |
Sometimes it's not the big things that shake me as much as the little things. The daily worries of house, car, money, food, clothes, family and community relationships. These are... Read More
June 3, 2011 |
My wife and I had a baby recently. That is the biggest reason I haven't been on this site to blog lately. Now that it's been a month since his birth, we have to get back to... Read More
June 3, 2011 |
I agree that narrative is a major part of human reality. As Paul Loewen said here , the stories we tell make up our worlds. This can be "our" story which shapes our identity and... Read More
May 31, 2011 |
About ten years back I was the caretaker of an apartment block that a church had renovated to provide low-rent stable apartments in Winnipeg's West End. The visionary and work-... Read More
May 26, 2011 |
Sometimes I think I need to slow down. What do I mean by this? I mean that life goes very quickly. We rush from one thing to the next, glancing at our watches and depending on the... Read More
May 21, 2011 |
Winnipeg experienced its tenth homicide last week. The shooting took place around the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation parking lot at Portage and Young. We were likely just... Read More
May 11, 2011 |
How resilient are people? Do we really fall apart in every situation of grief? How is it that we can recover from horrendous trauma to life normal lives again? In his book The... Read More
May 9, 2011 |
When I went downstairs near the beginning of In-House (our local drop-in) to get the dodgeballs, two young boys were sitting on the stairs outside the washrooms, eating watermelon... Read More
May 5, 2011 |
Thinking about trauma and how it impacts our lives, I begin to see it everywhere. Is everything a story of something whole becoming broken, and seeking to become whole again? Is... Read More
April 26, 2011 |
I just read through my "morning pages," looking for nuggets to blog about and ripping out pages to shred. "Morning pages" come from a class I took last year. It focused on "... Read More
April 18, 2011 |
A while ago I was standing in the bookstore, staring at the magazine rack and found a few publications that dealt with the subject of writing. As I flipped through the articles on... Read More
April 15, 2011 |
Yesterday evening I asked the Junior Youth to picture a world in which God's one and only characteristic was love. "Chaos," "Hectic," "Covered in foam" were some of the answers... Read More
April 13, 2011 |
A couple who had been a part of our church community in the past and who had moved to Ohio to become part of an intentional community, returned for a visit and shared about their... Read More
April 2, 2011 |
A few weeks ago in the first Sunday of Lent I challenged our congregation to fast from the fruits of privilege. One minor act on my part has been to ride the bus as often as... Read More
April 1, 2011 |
Ted Schwartz gave a workshop about the spirit in the performing arts. Despite the sleepy time-slot, immediately after lunch, soon everyone in the audience had forgotten their... Read More
March 30, 2011 |
If you're reading this article on this page, then you are probably far too pious to put five dollars into a pot and fill out an NCAA March Madness bracket. I play so cautiously... Read More
March 25, 2011 |
This year I made a resolution to work through all of Kierkegaard’s writings . I am now about halfway through his Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses and have come across his... Read More
March 17, 2011 |
Every year around this time, a lot of Mennonites across Canada do something very un-Mennonite, they give something up for Lent. The idea behind the modern Lenten fast, where... Read More
March 16, 2011 |
I touched on it last week - stories shape who we are. What do I mean by this? Nowhere do I find it more prevalent than in teenage society today. It used to be that pride was a... Read More
March 10, 2011 |