Monday, November 23, 2020

Better than before

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I had a clear calling to serve as pastor at Kingwood Bible Church in Salem, Oregon. Some ministry opportunities seem as though a yes...

Developing a church planting strategy

The future of USMB church planting has been a matter of prayer and discernment following the U.S. Conference’s decision last summer to release Multiply...

Five minutes with Andrew Shinn

Just four hours after being sworn in as a United States Foreign Service officer, Andrew Shinn took time for an interview. In March, with...

Hitting the reset button

As I took one final look at this issue of Christian Leader before it went to the printer, I was struck by the ways...

We’re going to Kansas City

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USMB has canceled Gathering 2020 due to the restrictions and realities of COVID-19. It’s time to once again come together as a U.S. Mennonite Brethren...

Saved from suicide

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I awoke to pounding at my front door: “Mario Azar, open the door. This is the FBI.” Instinctively, I ran to the bathroom and...

Seeing beyond COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic caught me by surprise. One day I was laughing with a table of ladies at a mom’s group and the next...

I thought I was ready for anything

Graduation day. This significant marker in a person’s life does not go unnoticed. Family and friends are eager to watch as their loved one...