AMBS Pastors Week focuses on biblical vision

Feb 17, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary “Fab Five” took on snow and frigid temperatures to help participants to see Jesus at Pastors Week Jan. 27-30. AMBS planners questioned whether...

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Do Old Order groups follow culture over Christ?

Feb 17, 2014 by

Jesus once told this (very paraphrased!) parable to modern day Mennonites: Two believers went to church to pray, one a modern Mennonite evangelical and the other a member of an Old Order group. The...

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Promises made

Feb 17, 2014 by

Once again anxiety has risen in Mennonite Church USA over issues of homosexuality. When this happens, it is important to remember the covenant members have made. Part of the covenant is easy to recall. It is...

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What we deserve

Feb 17, 2014 by

On a short stretch of Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va., it’s possible to hit red lights at four consecutive intersections. It doesn’t seem logical. It wastes my time. It makes me angry. My indignation...

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Canadian scholar studies how education preserves Old Colony Mennonite culture

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and Paraguay because of...

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Social media as sacrament

Feb 14, 2014 by

Rachel Held Evans sent out a Tweet Jan. 24 that said: “Nearly every blogger I know is burned out right now. Why do you think this is?” I think burnout is often the product of expectations. And one...

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Pain and gain as an African-American student at EMU

Feb 13, 2014 by , and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — One morning in late summer of 1962, a 17-year-old native of Washington, D.C., arrived at what was then Eastern Mennonite College not knowing a soul. Grandison Hills’ parents told him it...

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Quebec MBs encouraged to discuss ‘charter of values’

Feb 11, 2014 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — Quebec’s proposed charter of values continues to generate an emotional debate about the place of religion in a secular society. A graphic provided by the Quebec government shows the types...

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Spiritual workout

Feb 11, 2014 by

We should pray for the church. You really can’t say anything less debatable than that. But it bears repeating. Because most of us ought to do it more and could use some help to do it better. Prayer is...

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Embrace romance

Feb 11, 2014 by

During the “Constantine, Christendom and Cultural Renewal” symposium Jan. 16-18 in Wichita, Kan., a presenter stated, “We shouldn’t romanticize the situation of the pre-Constantinian church.” Spoken...

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Reflections on Ron Sider’s newest book, ‘The Early Church on Killing’

Feb 10, 2014 by

Ron Sider’s newest publication, The Early Church on Killing, is, as the subtitle suggests, a fairly comprehensive source book for anyone who is investigating what early Christians had to say about war,...

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Learning to see

Feb 9, 2014 by

Greetings from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. It’s c-c-c-cold with lots of snow on the ground, but a surprising number of people have shown up for this year’s...

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A safe place to play

Feb 3, 2014 by and

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Four-year-old Oscar Yoadel loves the playground at his day care, Guarderia Samuelito. He runs endlessly back and forth across the brightly painted suspension bridge. With a big grin, he...

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Teaching as mission jumpstarts education careers

Feb 3, 2014 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — While some young adults trained in education struggle to find work as teachers, Rebecca Martin and Malinda Stoner found experience teaching in Peru gave them a distinct advantage in the...

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Who can tame the tongue?

Feb 3, 2014 by

As a young Christian stumbling on James 3:2, I remember feeling relieved. You mean all I have to do to achieve moral perfection is get control of my tongue? Does the pastor know about this short-cut? Yes, and...

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