Parenting and ‘Ordinary Miracles’

Mar 24, 2014 by

Newsflash: Parenting is not easy. This news comes as a surprise to no one who has participated in the hard work of raising children. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it: no one could have...

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Lancaster to re-evaluate relationship to MC USA

Mar 24, 2014 by and

The Lancaster Mennonite Conference Board of Bishops has called for the conference to re-evaluate its relationship to Mennonite Church USA. “For many in Lancaster Conference, the question of our...

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Nigeria’s next chapter

Mar 24, 2014 by and

IKOT ADA IDEM, Nigeria — A burning passion to become active in the global Anabaptist community fuels Victor UmoAbasi, national president of Mennonite Church Nigeria, and his...

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Modern ‘Mirror’

Mar 21, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — A Congo­lese pastor who forgave the armed men who had forced him to dig his own grave. A Ukrainian Mennonite Breth­ren family displaced to labor camps throughout the Soviet Union and...

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Sex and the city of God

Mar 21, 2014 by

Mennonite Church USA finally seems near a tipping point on issues of human sexuality. The path, however long and tortuous, seems to be leading to elevating the gospel message of loving relationship over the...

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MC USA members speak out to director

Mar 21, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Ervin Stutzman has received hundreds of emails from people across the range of opinion on homosexuality. “This has been a time of learning for me over the past three months,” the...

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Genesis: real history

Mar 21, 2014 by

Origins is a topic of tremendous importance. Where did the human race come from? How did we get here? Are we the product of an all-powerful God who designed our amazing bodies and souls and created us for a...

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Trust the Spirit

Mar 21, 2014 by

It is difficult to understand why the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board cannot trust the Spirit to work in congregations and conferences that do not agree with it. Board members seem to think “the...

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Hearing both sides

Mar 20, 2014 by

Opinion pieces appearing in Mennonite periodicals today include exhortations for patience as the church transitions from believing homosexual intimacy to be a sin to rejecting that belief. As I read I Cor....

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Wayward children

Mar 20, 2014 by

Is a church that tears families apart doing God’s will? The sadness and resignation of the young adults who appear in The Amish: Shunned testify the answer is no. The documentary premiered Feb. 4...

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Being the church together

Mar 20, 2014 by

The town of Molochansk in Ukraine was once home to 15,000 citizens. Over time, a lack of work prompted more than half to leave one of the oldest parts of what used to be the Mennonite Molotschna settlement to...

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A donkey, not a warhorse

Mar 20, 2014 by

Zechariah offers good news for a people at war. Their deliverer has come! His feet have trod on the necks of his enemies, and his followers can rest in the knowledge that their world has been set right....

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Jesus, priest and king

Mar 20, 2014 by

I remember the first time I experienced the dark underbelly of the democratic process. I was sitting near the back of a junior high classroom with several of my friends, and at some point my friends started...

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Palestinian Mass a prayer for justice

Mar 20, 2014 by

“What do we do? We pray,” said Father Ibrahim Shomali to the crowd assembled in an olive grove in the West Bank town of Beit Jala. “Because we believe in God and we believe that one day he will hear our...

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Recovering holiness

Mar 20, 2014 by

My understanding of the human/God situation goes like this: The holy, eternal God created a perfect, holy, eternal human, who turned away from that image. The progression of mankind toward unholy likeness...

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Getting personal

Mar 20, 2014 by

Kurt Willems’ “Singing ‘We’ Instead of ‘Me,’ ” piqued my curiosity. I started with a word count on the Psalms and Pauline letters of personal pronouns “I,” “my” and “me” and plural...

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Restore Bible’s life

Mar 20, 2014 by

By Dan Longenecker Lititz, Pa. Have you noticed how often we “go to sleep” when Scripture is read to us in worship? In our world of television and computers, our minds depend more on our right brain and...

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Is America God’s favored nation?

Mar 20, 2014 by

Jesus once told a parable about a rich farmer who “yielded an abundant harvest” (Luke 12:16). His crop was so plentiful he didn’t have enough space to store it. After thinking about the matter, the...

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How I ditched formal evangelism

Mar 19, 2014 by

My career as an unofficial evangelist began in my first year of university. I had been a Christian all my life and had been made to feel guilty about my failure to “share my faith” for many years already....

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The impact of shame in Eve’s story

Mar 18, 2014 by

A reflection on Gen. 3:1-7 It’s not hard to imagine how the seeds of shame were planted in Eve’s heart. There’s much in her early story that would leave the best of us feeling flawed: that lingering...

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