By what authority?

Jul 21, 2014 by

Who has given the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board the authority to not recognize the ordination of a Colorado pastor? Pastoral ordination has been the province of the district conference. In the General...

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Care for elders crosses national, faith boundaries

Jul 21, 2014 by and

Palm Village, a Mennonite Brethren retirement community in Reedley, Calif., is mentoring Lebanon’s first assisted-living center. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, said David Reimer, director of Palm...

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We should split — and unite

Jul 21, 2014 by

I like diversity of points of view. I think it’s normal and valuable. I like that there are different religions and that within Christianity there are many denominations. We need each other, because none of...

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Bless this separation

Jul 21, 2014 by

Harvey Yoder makes a passionate plea for Mennonite church union (“Weary of Blessing Same-Faith Divorce,”). I wonder if one might make a case for celebration of “divorce.” I am glad that Luther, Calvin,...

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Weight of liberty

Jul 21, 2014 by

Anabaptists cherish religious freedom and the rights of conscience. The movement was born in opposition to baptizing infants as required by church and state. We value the right to refuse military service when...

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Revolution of values

Jul 21, 2014 by

On May 19, the faith and civil rights community mourned the passing of Vincent Harding, a prophetic theologian and social activist known particularly in the Mennonite world as a co-leader of a Mennonite...

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Ohio resolution proposes sanctioning Mountain States

Jul 21, 2014 by and

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is urging its member congregations to study the topic of sexuality in preparation for a special delegate session Aug. 9. The session will consider a resolution that was...

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Ecuador conference has peace in roots, branches

Jul 21, 2014 by and

César Moya and Patricia Urueña didn’t come to Ecuador in 2000 primarily as church planters. But 14 years later, the couple leaves a new Ecuadorian Mennonite conference. Moya and Urueña emphasized a gospel...

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Exchange feeds passion for helping children

Jul 21, 2014 by , and

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Within days of her arrival in Bogotá last August, Rut Arsari knew it would be difficult to leave. The people she would meet and the relationships she would develop would make it hard to...

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EMU Kenyan students connect miles from home

Jul 21, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they...

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Author, editor, pastor dies at 85

Jul 18, 2014 by and

John M. Drescher, a prolific author and well-known speaker, teacher, pastor and editor of Gospel Herald, died July 10 in Quakertown, Pa. He was 85. Drescher authored 37 books, including Why I Am a...

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Kids and God

Jul 18, 2014 by

Each day my kids see me reading my Bible and praying. They know that I attend Bible study and understand the value that attending church holds in our family. However, there are many things about God that I...

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Immigrant or refugee?

Jul 17, 2014 by

There’s a moment in The Grand Budapest Hotel that struck me as particularly poignant social commentary. For the sake of not spoiling any of the plot, I’ll speak as generally as I can. Zero has...

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Go to hell

Jul 16, 2014 by

For every season, there is a message. “Do not be afraid.” “Let my people go.” “Take up your cross.” “I have a dream.” In America today, I’ve come to believe, God’s Word for us is, “Go to...

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Anabaptist readings: Christ the center

Jul 15, 2014 by

Each and every person is formed by something. Our history, family, culture and life decisions (both good and bad) shape us to be who we are today. We don’t get to choose whether we are formed. But we do get...

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After ban lifted, same-sex couples wed at Germantown

Jul 14, 2014 by and

After a federal judge ruled Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional May 20, Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia hosted two marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. Pastor...

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This little light of mine

Jul 14, 2014 by

I love “This Little Light of Mine,” but I don’t like the verse that says, “Won’t let Satan blow it out.” The 5 year olds in my class already know this verse, of course, and they get a little...

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Remembering my Amish baptism

Jul 11, 2014 by

I was baptized at the above Stuarts Draft, Va., Amish meetinghouse on a warm Sunday morning in June, 1954 — 60 years ago. At just under 15, I was the youngest member of a baptismal class of about a...

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How do you know God told you?

Jul 10, 2014 by

Last month the leader of Boko Haram, the terrorist organization responsible for kidnapping 300 teenagers in Nigeria, made the claim that God told him to do it. The use of those words; “God told me,” causes...

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Thoughts on Philippians 2

Jul 9, 2014 by

When I pondered this letter to the church in Philippi, it immediately touched my church planting and missionary heart. Having served as a church planter in Sicily for 10 years, I am keenly aware of some of...

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