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Prayer focus: Simonhouse Bible Camp

“We see campers – many of whom have no church or Christian family influence – seeking after God,” says Simonhouse Bible Camp director Darrell Janzen. “Children, youth and families are hungry for the good news and desperately in need of hope.” Simonhouse has a reputation…

Photo Essay: A powerful presence in Pimicikamak

Pimicikamak (pim ih chik uh mak) [Cree]: [the place] where a lake lies across the river, the land surrounding that place, the people that has inhabited that land since time immemorial, the nation comprised of that people inhabiting that land (adj. of or about that…

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer—perhaps more helpfully referred to as Jesus’ Prayer, since it incorporates the kinds of prayers he himself prayed during his adult life—is, in my opinion, the best prayer and model for prayer that Christians can use. In a few weeks,

How Faith Prays

During this first week of the Christian New Year, I wondered whether I might choose a suitable prayer as a focus for this year’s Advent season. That question reminded me that when I was a pastor, I once used the four Sundays of Advent to…

Praying the Ordinary

Poems are wonderfully evocative. With just a few lines, a poem evokes an image, a memory, a possibility, or a feeling. When I recall Robert Frost’s “two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” Bruce Cockburn’s “If I had a rocket launcher,” and Earle Birney’s “David,”…

July Praise & Prayer Guide

Each month MBCM produces a Praise & Prayer Guide highlighting 2 Manitoba MB churches or programs. The following is an example: The July guide featuring Elm Creek and Crossroads MB Church. Click here to subscribe to the monthly mailing and receive your praise & prayer guide as PDF. Elm Creek…

Also Praying on Vacation

During one of my early years as a pastor, I remember eagerly looking forward to spending a couple of weeks of traveling on a family vacation. Before I left on that trip, an elderly Baptist minister suggested that even while I was on vacation, I should be…

The Psalms, and Praying Hatred

Growing up, my Christian teachers said that I could—and should—talk to God conversationally, just as if I was talking to a friend. (Although my Dad also cautioned me against speaking to God too casually, because God is more than a buddy) All this good advice was unsurprising, since I…

Why do Christians Pray? (Part 2)

What happens when you thank someone? Think back to the last time you thanked a bank teller, the cook in your home, a child who cleaned up his Lego set, a grandparent who recalled a bit of her history, or the greeter who held the door…

Why do Christians pray? (Part 1)

Christians struggle to pray. Or at least, that’s what I hear. Church attenders, my students, and pastors all express to me their dissatisfaction with how they pray. They’ve heard that they should pray. They want to pray. But they tell me that they don’t pray enough, that they’re not…