Supreme Court rules for Conestoga

Jun 30, 2014 by and

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Mennonite-owned cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania cannot be compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain contraceptives in employee health care plans. The...

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Excommunicated are welcomed

Jun 30, 2014 by and

An evangelical church plant offers excommunicated Old Colony Mennonite families hope and opportunities in the heart of Shipyard Colony in Belize. Gospel Fellowship Chapel counts 60 attenders, but the number of...

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MC USA group reports more evidence of abuse

Jun 30, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — A Mennonite Church USA discernment group addressing sexual abuse by the late theologian John Howard Yoder has reported finding additional evidence of abuse. After a June 3 meeting in...

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What’s so complicated about ‘love your enemies’?

Jun 30, 2014 by

If there’s one thing I don’t understand about modern Christianity in America, it’s this: The offensiveness of enemy love. If one takes a public stand against, say, most any sin you can think of, one is...

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Avoiding avoidance

Jun 27, 2014 by

This semester, my co-teacher colleague and I decided to put Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World on the assigned reading list for an upper-level course in...

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Jesus and racial reconciliation

Jun 26, 2014 by

If you were to read an account today of a white man offering his front row seat on a public bus to an elderly African-American woman, you’d probably think this was a nice gesture, but nothing more. However,...

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MCC reaches out to Iraqis displaced by armed conflict

Jun 25, 2014 by

As armed conflict forces Iraqis from their homes, Mennonite Central Committee is providing vital items for daily life and is planning with partner organizations for an ongoing response. MCC also is calling on...

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Culture shock from Indonesia to Colombia

Jun 25, 2014 by

My name is Rut Arsari Christy and I am from Indonesia. In my home country, I attend a Mennonite church called GITJ Kelet, part of the Mennonite World Conference member church Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa. The...

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The hard edge of Jesus

Jun 24, 2014 by

I hang out with a diverse group of friends and sometimes strangers (who don’t stay strangers for very long) on Wednesday nights. We’ve been taking turns picking Jesus stories to uncover and apply, among...

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EMU delays action on hiring policy

Jun 23, 2014 by and

The board of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., has delayed action regarding its hiring policy concerning individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The delay comes after a six-month...

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MCC helps prepare young Gazan leaders

Jun 23, 2014 by and

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Twelve-year-old Siraa Moghrabi crouches beside student after student, helping the 6- and 7-year-olds and their mothers arrange flowers on their art projects. Moghrabi dreams of...

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Initiative develops culture of discipleship

Jun 23, 2014 by , and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Mennonite Mission Network leaders are considering the next steps to promote disciple-making within racial-ethnic congregations of Mennonite Church USA. After a year of working in a pilot...

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Church leaves Indiana-Michigan

Jun 23, 2014 by and

A Goshen, Ind., area congregation is leaving its conference and may affiliate with churches mostly in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Clinton Frame Mennonite Church has withdrawn from Mennonite Church USA’s...

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Post-Christian culture

Jun 23, 2014 by

For years there was an easy alliance in America between God and country. The Christian church held a privileged place in our culture. As this is breaking down, people who take Jesus and the Bible seriously are...

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Called to visit prisoners — even a terrorist

Jun 23, 2014 by

“I was in prison and you visited me.” Christians have used that verse as a reason to serve prisoners across North America. But does that include someone convicted of terrorism? Arlette Zinck believes it...

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Internet freedoms

Jun 23, 2014 by

Decisions about how the Internet will be governed are being made right now. People of faith can and should help shape them. The immediate debate surrounds net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission...

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MWC leaders connect with Colombian churches

Jun 23, 2014 by and

SOACHA, Colombia — Tears mixed with singing and dancing as a Mennonite World Conference delegation exchanged stories and blessings with members of Iglesia Menonita de la resurrección (Mennonite Church of...

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Voices in Babylon

Jun 23, 2014 by

It seems many people believe the gospel is: God is love, he accepts you as you are, Jesus died for your sins, and works have nothing to do with your salvation. If that is the gospel, then the devils are saved....

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My ‘to don’t’ list

Jun 23, 2014 by

April Yamasaki, pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., gave me and other readers of her blog a great idea: an “I don’t do” list, alternatively called a “to don’t do” list. An “I...

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Can factions find unity?

Jun 23, 2014 by

The Apostle Paul did not write to you and me. When we read his epistles, we are reading other people’s mail. Each letter was directed toward a specific assembly, or group of small house churches, in a...

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