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Old Testament Praying

Which prayer is best: spontaneous prayer or prepared prayer? Which prayer is most effective: the deeply-felt utterance, sent like an arrow directly from the heart? Or a carefully prepared, thought-filled, written prayer? Which is more meaningful? I feel the tension between these polarized perspectives when…

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Can anything good come out of Gretna?

“Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.” – Mark 5:19 With a population of 574, Gretna Manitoba is not a large town. Nor is it deemed the most spectacular destination…

Recharging spiritual batteries

Executive Director Elton DaSilva explores an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as the source of spiritual renewal.

Family Gatherings

ACTION: “A beautiful kind of family”

Family gatherings can be a great occasion to celebrate, connect, and enjoy the company of loved ones you don’t see regularly. Tables covered in great, home cooked food, lawn bowling and board games, different generations mingling in conversation; gatherings can be a rich time to…

Repetitive Prayer: Vain or Meaning-full?

Several years ago, during a worship service, I heard a retired man stand to tell his congregation how God had healed him from cancer. The man’s prognosis for recovery had been dismal. Alone in his hospital bed one night, he felt completely overwhelmed. In response, he spent the entire night repeating the name…

Gathering 2014 diary

I recently had the privilege of attending Gathering 2014, The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches semi-annual general meetings in Vancouver, BC. The following diary is from the perspective of a first-time attendee. It also provides a point of view of someone who is not a member of an…

Psalm 131 by Wilfried Joye

Does praying include listening?

In the late 1970s I was inspired by Keith Green’s song “Make my life a prayer to you / I wanna do what you want me to / no empty words and no  white lies / no token prayers, no compromise” (as sung by Matthew Ward of the…

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Dip or Cliff?

Have you ever started doing something that was against your better judgement but you kept going, somehow hoping that things would turn around eventually but instead you hit a cliff? I’m afraid of heights and at 1.92 I find my head is already far enough…

Showing Up

Tuesday evening, my wife and I were delighted when one of our sons stopped by our house. He was returning our pickup after borrowing it for some errands. We invited him to sit and visit awhile. We talked about work, families, studies—the regular things of our lives. We were delighted that he showed up.

No ordinary leadership book

Recently I was asked to describe my favourite leadership book. Thinking in the moment, this question should have been a very difficult question to answer. I have been influenced by great publications on the subject by both secular and Christian authors. There are many great…