Waiting with the stories

Jul 31, 2014 by

My daughter and I looked at our garden each day, peering closely into the dark earth. “Do you see anything yet?” she asked, her voice hopeful. “Not yet,” I replied. “How about you?” Each day in...

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Much is given, and much will be required

Jul 30, 2014 by

At first when I heard one of the main focuses of my cross-cultural experience to Guatemala (with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.) would be immigration, I have to admit, I was...

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Build relationships, put an end to violence

Jul 29, 2014 by

A picture of a young girl in Gaza, standing against a school and mourning the loss of a relative killed there, fills the main part of my browser this morning. And yet the advertisements on the right-hand side...

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Upland Peace Church grafts cultures together

Jul 28, 2014 by and

UPLAND, Calif. — Grafting is the process of joining new branches to old rootstock in the hopes of making a strong and unified hybrid. It’s work, but the abundant fruit that can result from a successful...

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Countdown to reunion

Jul 28, 2014 by and

The worldwide Anabaptist family reunion will come to the eastern U.S. next summer for the first time in Mennonite World Conference’s 90-year history. U.S. Mennonites and Brethren in Christ are inviting...

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MDS inspires gift of old farm

Jul 28, 2014 by and

PHILADELPHIA — When Kevin King answered the phone in Mennonite Central Committee’s constituency ministries department one day in the early 1990s, he heard a surprising pronouncement. “ ‘We’re the...

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How would Jesus vote on hot topics?

Jul 28, 2014 by

I read an article on Huffington Post about a new survey by a nonpartisan organization called YouGov of self-identified Christians. Asked how they believe Jesus would vote on various hot current topics,...

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Four Brethren in Christ distinctives I don’t want to lose

Jul 25, 2014 by

I just returned to Philly after my first General Conference of the Brethren in Christ. It’s a biennial, national gathering designed to bring the church together for face-to-face dialogue. It was good to be...

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I am a bacon lover

Jul 24, 2014 by

I. Love. Bacon. Seriously. Other words I use for it are “meat candy” and “crispy fried yum.” I cannot remember any time in the past when I have not loved bacon. I would say that my brain was hard-wired...

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Losing peace, leaving identity

Jul 23, 2014 by

Groups have been trying for years to bridge the gap between Mennonitism and evangelicalism, but that bridge has always been unstable and inevitably fallen. Is another crash looming? This month, the U.S....

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Six places time for spiritual practice might be hiding

Jul 23, 2014 by

One of the number one questions I hear when I talk about how to incorporate faith practices into daily life is, “I would love to do that . . . if only we had the time.” My answer is always, “I think you...

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Church is not Facebook

Jul 22, 2014 by

My Saturday morning began with discord. I woke up, checked Facebook, and found my newsfeed full of statuses that made me feel sick. I couldn’t stop reading, every line filling me with anger. Who were...

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Tiny house a big decision for Kansas couple

Jul 21, 2014 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it’s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in about 200 square feet of space that will include two lofts on...

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Two values tested

Jul 21, 2014 by

Within one week this summer, two competing visions of Mennonite Church USA’s future — one with stronger central authority, the other with more local freedom — emerged. First, national leaders extended...

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Have you felt the clash of dominant cultural sensibilities?

Jul 21, 2014 by

The Church is filled with divisions. It is almost impossible to find followers of Jesus committed to doing the hard work of having honest and hard conversations in hopes of discerning a more truthful...

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Serving God the African way

Jul 21, 2014 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Succession is part of the grand biblical narrative, Anna and Joe Sawatzky told Mennonite Mission Network board members and supporters June 7. They reported on their nine-year assignment in...

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Church and Peace

Jul 21, 2014 by

In the aftermath of World War II, Christians on all sides of the conflict were forced to ponder the sobering consequences of modern warfare. The sheer devastation of the war — symbolized by the firebombing...

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A failed relationship

Jul 21, 2014 by

It seems the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church decided to live together without getting married. They never tried to resolve their different organizational visions. The Mennonite Church...

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A good story can change your life

Jul 21, 2014 by

Recently, Pure Flix managing partner and God’s Not Dead producer Michael Scott talked about his approach to faith-based films at a summit sponsored by Variety. For films to succeed, the message, he said,...

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Canadian MBs hope to multiply

Jul 21, 2014 by

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches focused on multiplying congregations across Canada during its biennial conference June 11-14 in Vancouver, B.C. Meeting under the theme “Multiplying for...

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