Florida school becomes part of a Global Family

Apr 28, 2014 by and

SARASOTA, Fla. — No more water bottles in class, Bible teacher Don Fry told the 10th-graders in his classroom at Sarasota Christian School. Looking confused, students pulled water bottles from their...

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‘Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well’

Apr 25, 2014 by

In early April I had the privilege of helping my Mom celebrate her 92nd birthday. My wife, three brothers, and their spouses all gathered in Rhode Island, my home state, at a very nice Italian restaurant close...

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Beyond tolerance

Apr 24, 2014 by

Tolerance is important. It lets us live in harmony with each other despite our differences and helps our society function in peace with itself. We need to be able to get along, to avoid fostering animosity or...

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He loved them to the end

Apr 23, 2014 by

Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship Maundy Thursday foot washing service, 2014 I’ve been watching a lot of House of Cards this week. I love this show, but I also find it depressing, almost more so because —...

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The King who brings an end to killing

Apr 22, 2014 by

He suffered the things we should have suffered. He took on himself the pain that should have been ours. But we thought God was punishing him. We thought God was wounding him and making him suffer.  But the...

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What does the cross of Jesus mean?

Apr 21, 2014 by

Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb...

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Russian scholar uncovers Soviet-era history

Apr 21, 2014 by and

FRESNO, Calif. — The Mennonite experience in the former Soviet Union is more than family history — it is a way to understand the relationship between a state and its people. This was one of the themes of...

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Bibles for Bolivians, to read or to listen

Apr 21, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Norman Brown’s goal is to distribute the Plautdietsch (Low German) Bible free to every home in Bolivia where the language is spoken. Since Mennonite Brethren publisher Kindred Productions...

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What we might unintentionally say when we gather

Apr 18, 2014 by

Over the course of the last few years, I have been a part of more conversations than I care to admit and/or remember about Christian conferences, gatherings, conventions, etc. and why they lack diversity....

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Evaluating the theology of Hauerwas

Apr 17, 2014 by

In 2001 Time magazine named Stanley Hauerwas, recently retired professor at Duke Divinity School, America’s Best Theologian. But Nicholas M. Healy, in his new book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction,...

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Beachy Amish define beliefs

Apr 16, 2014 by and

YODER, Kan. — Beachy Amish Mennonite ministers adopted the group’s first statement of faith at their national meetings April 9-11. Outgoing bishops committee chair David Yoder of Partridge said the...

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You don’t know what it’s like

Apr 16, 2014 by

One day, three conversations. 1. I’m at a function where my job is to give a short devotional and prayer before the meal. Pastor-y stuff. I’m trying to be witty, disarming, light. I make some throwaway...

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MCC increases support for Summer Service program

Apr 16, 2014 by and

For years Keshia Kay Littlebear of Billings, Mont., was certain where her path would take her when she was older and the summers rolled around. She was going to be an MCC U.S. Summer Service worker. From 2002...

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If you want to be subversive follow Jesus through Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014 by

It’s Holy week and Jesus’ journey towards the cross has begun. Many of us have already processed around the church on Palm Sunday, and bought our Easter eggs and hot crossed buns, diverting our...

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Opera workshop stretches creativity and stage skills

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Ashley Fredette wants to perform in operas one day, but it wasn’t until she took Canadian Mennonite University’s Opera Workshop course that she got her first taste of what life as an...

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Scapegoat for sin

Apr 14, 2014 by

Whether or not we believe loving, committed, same-sex relationships are sinful, how is it possible that we can divide the church by choosing this one “sin”? Jesus said nothing about same-sex love but...

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Canadian leader responds to interest in Anabaptism

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A growing awareness of Anabaptism is increasing interest in Mennonite Church Canada, and Willard Metzger is happy to respond. “I hear so many people tell me that they have found a...

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Music conference to celebrate the environment

Apr 14, 2014 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — Conrad Grebel University College is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences June 5-8. “Sound in the Land 2014: Music and the Environment (Discovering...

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Prison theater project reveals ‘freedom behind bars’

Apr 14, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College student Emily Simpson’s time in prison taught her more than she’d imagined. It might not be what you think. Simpson, nine other Bethel students and their professor,...

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Got Jesus?

Apr 14, 2014 by

Passion Week, particularly Easter (or Resurrection Sunday), is the most sacred event for most Christians. We pause to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus has fulfilled God’s...

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