MB Seminary Devotional Books
MB Seminary works together with Mennonite Brethren national and provincial leaders, pastors and others from Mennonite Brethren churches to produce devotional books that are beneficial for families and individuals. These devotional books are produced for the Easter (Lent) and Christmas (Advent) seasons. The Scripture texts are sometimes taken from the Revised Common Lectionary, and other times the devotional book will explore a book of the Bible or a different collection of specific Scripture texts.
MB Seminary has made devotional books available in a few different ways in the past, both hard copy and digital copies, and are continually looking for the best ways to make these books accessible for our Mennonite Brethren family and beyond. Christmas 2017 table of contents and sample are now available to preview, see below.
2017 – Christmas
Jesus Messiah: Christmas Devotions is a devotional book arranged by MB Seminary for families and individuals who want to take time for reflection during the Christmas season. Although Advent begins on December 3, 2017, Jesus Messiah begins December 1 and ends December 31. Readers will enjoy reflections from the Old Testament that will emphasize God’s call, God’s heart, and God’s promise to redeem. Traditional Christmas readings from Luke’s Gospel and Matthew’s Gospel will remind the reader of the amazing story of the birth of Jesus and even the stories that followed his birth. Thirty-one different authors from the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada have written these devotionals for you, your families, and friends to enjoy this Christmas season. Digital copies will be made available on Amazon Kindle store at the end September. Stay tuned!
2017 – Easter
Believe is an Easter devotional book of 47 reflections the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada, covering the entire Gospel of John. Craig Keener writes, “Throughout John’s Gospel, many people become initial believers, but their initial faith proves insufficient without perseverance. John’s goal is not simply initial faith but persevering faith, discipleship. John’s purpose is to address believers at a lesser stage of discipleship and to invite them to persevere as true disciples” (Craig Keener, The Gospel of John, 1216).
Keener’s insight of a persevering faith is at the heart of why MB Seminary is offering this resource. Whether you call it the “season of Lent” or “the weeks leading up to Easter,” we invite you to take the time to read through the Gospel of John and believe.
2016 – Christmas
As We Wait is an Advent devotional book with 29 reflections from the Mennonite Brethren family across Canada. Scripture texts for each reflection were taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. The title “as we wait” carries an unfinished sentiment that invites the reader to anticipate the coming of Jesus in active ways that are consistent with what we are truly waiting for, thus the non-traditional cover (getting your hands dirty). The four themes that our contributors explored and reflected on are: Watch, Prepare, Proclaim, and Worship.
2015 – Christmas
Hear The Story is a four-week (27 day), family-friendly devotional book that uses the Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. The traditional themes of the Advent season guide the emphasis of each of the four weeks: hope, peace, joy and love. Each week the flow of the biblical texts allows for the readership to experience a movement from Old Testament prophesies and/or promises to New Testament fulfillment in Christ. All 27 reflections are written by our Mennonite Brethren family across Canada. We hope you enjoy hearing the story all over again.
2015 – Easter
Waiting For The Resurrection is a collection of readings for the season of Lent. Beginning Ash Wednesday, these 47 devotionals will guide the reader through various thoughts and reflections leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Each Sunday provides the reader a pause from the Revised Common Lectionary Scripture texts with a poem or reading from various authors.