Opinion

Capitulation is tantalizing. Tucking our tails is tempting. This is why stories of the persevering human spirit are so inspirational. Those who overcome the black hole of... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Phil Wagler
Finding a good fit in a pastor is not an easy thing. Meeting a congregation’s present reality and hopes for the future is a daunting task for a search committee—given that we give... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Garry Janzen
Prayer needed as MC Canada prepares to downsize Re: “‘ The signs are clear ’: MC Canada leadership discerns a smaller church system,” April 4, page 18. While the factors feeding... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Viewpoints |
As an American living and working in Canada, I am both intrigued and saddened by two political events of the past ten days in these two North American countries—the take-out of... Read More
May 11, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Most regular readers of Canadian Mennonite now know that Mennonite Church Canada is adopting a smaller structure to reduce ministry expenditures by a half-million dollars. The... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Dan Dyck
I’ve imagined a column with this title for some time. While it sounds more than a little presumptuous, it is a topic to which I’ve given a great deal of thought. For starters, as... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
As parents, many of us go to great lengths to ensure that our children and youths get the best of everything. We sign them up for hockey camps, music and snowboarding lessons,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints | Donald Brooker
Call on whatever God you worship for comfort when grieving I was interested in “ A heart for grieving people ,” March 7, page 22, which featured Hank Friesen in his role as an... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Viewpoints |
Not in my lifetime did I imagine that neuroscience and the Anabaptist construct of “community” would come together as a paradigm shift “away from the cult of the individual and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
Charles de Foucauld was humble. You don’t often hear people described that way. Humility is a fading art. In our age, Christian organizations shout their good works from rooftops... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Viewpoints | Will Braun
I was handed a paper that I shoved in my pocket unread. But, later, the title caught my attention as I was about to drop it in recycling: “Relax.” That word thrust me back to a “... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
With 34 years of ministry, including almost nine years as conference minister for Mennonite Church Alberta, behind me, I am poignantly reminded that each public event is my last,... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Viewpoints | Jim Shantz
Former MCC director laments ‘big failure’ of Wineskins process Re: “MCC ‘divorce’ a cause for confession, remorse,” March 21, page 12. I, too, am saddened and indeed angered with... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Viewpoints |
While we won’t endorse candidates of the five political parties in the upcoming May 2 election, or tell you how to vote, we do ask Mennonite voters to both examine the political... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
In Luke 24, the disciples on the road to Emmaus were confused and discouraged. They had trouble recognizing Jesus. In March of last year, I was a disciple on the road to Emmaus as... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Elsie Rempel
“ Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid ” (Mark 16:8). Fleeing death Forty years ago this June... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints | By Terry Hiebert
In deciding how to live as Christians, the church is called to rely on the Holy Spirit and use Scripture, prayer and the family of faith, as it determines responses to the... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints | Andrew Reesor-McDowell
In his book Will Our Children Have Faith?, John Westerhoff argues that for future generations of young people and adults to develop Christian faith they will need more than Sunday... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints | Darren Pries-Klassen
Our recent journey began in darkness, continued through a day and into more darkness—a winter drive of 28 hours on roads that were at first snowy, then drenched with rain. We had... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints | Melissa Miller
Healing and rebuilding happening under Isaaks’ leadership Re: “ From a closed community to an open heart ,” March 7, page 4. First Mennonite Church, Burns Lake, is fortunate to... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Viewpoints |
“I have never heard the editor’s vision for the magazine,” said a reader when asked what she thought of Canadian Mennonite. The observation caught me up short. Assuming my vision... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Editorial | Dick Benner
I can best write about my hopes and dreams for the future of the church by reflecting on the past. During the last 29 years of pastoral ministry I have experienced growth, turmoil... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Ken Warkentin
When I think back to my early experience of Bible stories, I recall that King Solomon was “good,” he enjoyed God’s favour. Sure, Solomon had riches and power, but he had immense... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Aiden Enns
The story of Esther is stunning in its providential beauty and hope. Despite God never being named, the book bearing a Jewish Persian Queen’s Gentile name—a wonderful twist of... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Viewpoints | Phil Wagler
Story, photo stir up personal memories I read the Henry Dueck obituary (Nov. 15, 2010, page 25) with personal interest. Henry and Helga served the Eben-Ezer congregation and we... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Viewpoints |

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