#COVID19ChurchChallenge

Hello church, As our regular services and programs are disrupted, and we practice social distancing to help our government leaders and healthcare system get control over the spread of this virus, we are reminded that God made us as social beings, and that our church is more than just a...

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Our Daily Bread—and What About the Future?

This article originally appeared in The Messenger as part of a series on The Lord’s Prayer. Our culture is one that is full of differing diets: gluten-free, paleo, ketogenic—and that is just the beginning. Many of these diets cut out or reduce carbs. So, when Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give...

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The Council of Sages

The photo attached to this post is of a family friend we affectionately refer to as “Aunt Dorothy”, who has graduated to glory. My wife and I loved listening to her countless stories of her years as a missionary, and learning from her sincere and vibrant relationship with Jesus. Once...

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Storms of Life

It isn’t easy to share our vulnerable moments. We all want to look good and present our best to others. Yet I believe it is important to be honest with ourselves, with God, and with others. What you are about to read places me in a vulnerable place, because it...

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I Am the Weaker Brother

This article was originally published by Mennonite World ReviewIt was also published in The Messenger When we believe we are right about something, how do we behave? How do we treat those with whom we disagree? I’m not talking about issues of sin, but what of disputable matters — issues...

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Curiosity and Condemnation

This article was originally published in The Messenger What happens when you disagree with someone? How do you respond when you encounter an idea that is so very different that you feel it is inherently incompatible with some of your core beliefs? These sorts of encounters often lead to dramatic conflict...

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Responding to Spiritual Experiences

This article was originally published in The Messenger. If we as Christians have a kind of spiritual experience, we may wonder whether it is a prompting from the Holy Spirit and how to process that experience. If it was God speaking to us, how do we know it was truly Him?...

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10 Reasons Why I Appreciate the EMC

This article was published in The Messenger In the culture in which we find ourselves it is popular to be critical, cynical, and to complain about the deficiencies we see in the world around us. All too often we as the church simply follow suit. While in favour of accountability and...

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The Reformation and Unity

This article originally appeared in The Messenger While we can celebrate half a millennium of existence as Anabaptists, it is sobering to think that we are also commemorating what we would now call a church split. We Anabaptists typically look fondly on the courage of the Reformers, but how should our...

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Prisoner of Hope

Have you ever fell into a rut, a sort of emotional low-point where it was so easy to be miserable, and so hard to enjoy the blessings of life? Perhaps you even know there is good in your life. You can see the sunshine but the hardest thing in the...

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