An anti-vaxxer from 180 years ago

Efforts were being made in Ontario 180 years ago to immunize people against smallpox. Today's issue of MooseJawToday.com carried the following snippet from the October 13, 1841 issue of the Christian Guardian, a publication of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Canada: "A lady belonging to the Church of England lately refused to have her child … Continue reading An anti-vaxxer from 180 years ago

The Beatitudes in Braid Scots

Matthew Chaptir Fyve And, seeing the thrang o' folk, he gaed up intil a mountain; and when he was sutten-doon, his disciples gather't aboot.  And he open't his mooth, and instructit them; and quo he:  Happy the spirits that are lown and cannie: for the kingdom o' Heeven is waitin' for them!  Happy they wha … Continue reading The Beatitudes in Braid Scots

The brief career of a fervent preacher

Levi Young was born in Eastern Pennsylvania in 1841. The date of his conversion is not known, but he became a member of a small Mennonite denomination at the age of 21. Not long after, he became an itinerant minister and evangelist in that group. He never married. He was on fire for the Lord, … Continue reading The brief career of a fervent preacher

25 Flavours of Mennonites

When we lived in Ontario it would happen from time to time that someone I had just met would ask me what kind of Mennonite I was. “Does your church allow cars? electricity? telephones?” I knew these questions arose because there were at least 25 flavours of Mennonites within a 100 km radius of where … Continue reading 25 Flavours of Mennonites

God’s way is best

I watched bemused as Michelle pedalled her tricycle back in forth on the sidewalk in front of our house. Then she saw a bus coming and pedalled to the bus stop at the end of the block. After a passenger or two had dismounted or mounted the bus, she lined up beside it. When the … Continue reading God’s way is best

Attitude correction

For more than 200 years, the government of Canada has graciously extended the privilege of exemption from military service to members of religious denominations which objected to participation in warfare for reasons of faith and conscience. At first, the law required conscientious objectors between the ages of sixteen and sixty to register annually and pay … Continue reading Attitude correction

The integrity factor

Hugh Edighoffer was a highly regarded businessman in the town of Mitchell, Ontario, the proprietor of a clothing store. His son Robert was managing the store at the time we lived near Mitchell. Mr. Edighoffer served a term on the town council and a term as mayor, then entered provincial politics as a member of … Continue reading The integrity factor

Trouble with big sister

[This is another excerpt from When I was thirteen] Waubuno, Ontario  March 30, 1897 Today was Saturday, and I did quite a lot of work. I had a set-to with Jessie, though. She gets pretty bossy some times and then I get balky. When she starts to lord it over me, it makes me have … Continue reading Trouble with big sister

Leaerning to recognize the tempter’s voice

[Another excerpt from When I Was Thirteen, the diary of a young girl in South-Western Ontario. The writer was Christina Young, but she used the pen-name of Mary McKenzie when the diary was published 20 years later in a weekly paper. As an incentive to keep writing in her diary, she had vowed to take … Continue reading Leaerning to recognize the tempter’s voice