Mental Illness Vs. Mental Health Issues

This blog series about mental illness is inspired by a session taught by Irma Janzen from Fort Garry EMC, presented at the Ministerial Day on July 3, 2015 at Ebenezer Christian Church in Brandon, MB. Thanks to Irma Janzen and the Evangelical Mennonite Conference for addressing this important issue, and...

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The Power of Small Things

When I was in my late teens, I wanted to change the world. I would naively say things like “go big or go home” and applaud all ministries who achieved massive and measurable markers of success while ignoring the smaller ministries. Ironically, I worked for a small ministry, but it...

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What About the Gospel?

Often when there is discussion about the importance of Christians helping the poor, critics often bring up concerns about the welfare of people’s souls, essentially saying that we should focus more on sharing the Gospel and not worry about people’s physical needs, as they are temporary and mortal instead of...

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Responding to the Poor

As I have been writing about the importance of Christ followers to be people who care about and help the poor, I wanted to take some time and give some practical advice on how we should respond. There is a lot of theology about why we should help those less...

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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

A hockey game was only a few days away between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. Two co-workers were talking about the upcoming game, one being a Leafs fan, and the other a hard-core supporter of the Red Wings. Each strongly believed that “their” team would be...

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Our Homeless Leader

Sometimes Jesus is referred to as a homeless man. After all, in Luke 9:58 Jesus said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” For many of the homeless people I have met, they do in fact have homes...

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Broken Believers

Broken. All of us have, at one point or another, felt like we were broken. As if something within us had been shattered. Or bruised.  We know this to be true. Sometimes we can articulate exactly why we feel this why. Perhaps a loved one died. Other times a close...

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The Birds and the Bees: A Basic Field Guide For Parents

For many of us in the church there is something that we don’t talk about. We parents often refuse to talk to our children about it—meanwhile surrounding culture has no problem offering an alternative education on the subject. The messages are everywhere: magazines, billboards, movies, songs on the radio and...

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