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Retirement after 30 years of ministry – Jim Wiseman

“What’s kept me driven is the word of God!” says Jim Wiseman with a remarkable sense of certainty. After three decades of vocational ministry, Jim and his wife Jacquie responded to God’s call to retirement. They passed on the role of leading the inner-city ministry, Walls of Freedom.

Learning together, sharing gifts, and inspiring one another.

This is almost the half-year anniversary for me in my role with MBCM as provincial director. It has been a privilege to begin journeying with you. This summer, I had the opportunity to connect with Pastor Walter & Kelby from Steinbach MB. Partway through a…

CLOSED: Job Opportunity: MBCM Communications / Admin Assistant- 1 year term

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (MBCM) is seeking a part-time (0.5 EFT) Communications and Administrative Assistant for a one year term. The selected individual will report to the provincial director. Position Status: Part-time (0.5 EFT) beginning January 7, 2019. Flexible work hours Duties will include: Copywriting…

Announcing Cam Priebe as new provincial director

With great anticipation, the MBCM board announces Cam Priebe as provincial director beginning in late spring 2019. Cam currently serves as the director of the Outtatown program with Canadian Mennonite University, a role he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he served the newly…

Trusting slowness

“There is one fault I must find with the twentieth century, And I’ll put it in a couple of words: Too adventury. What I’d like would be some nice dull monotony If anyone’s gotony.” I recently stumbled upon these words by Ogden Nash. (My high…

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,”…

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…

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…