Youth make MDS part of their summer

Aug 29, 2014 by

More than 190 youth and youth sponsors from around the U.S. and Canada gave a week of their summer to serve at one of three Mennonite Disaster Service Youth Project sites. Youth groups worked in Staten Island,...

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Jim Foley, IS and what I learned from being kidnapped

Aug 29, 2014 by

We sat on mats in a traditional sitting room in a remote village of northwestern Iraq. One of our captors guarded the door with his assault rifle at the other end of the room. We prayed, we sang silently and...

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More than three minutes

Aug 28, 2014 by

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the...

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Let’s revolutionize youth group mission trips

Aug 27, 2014 by

Jennifer Murch shared this post in response to yesterday’s blog, “Why Short-Term Mission Trips Work.” She wrote it while on assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in Guatemala in July...

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Why short-term mission trips work, despite what you might have heard

Aug 26, 2014 by

Playing with orphan children, building homes and teaching summer Bible camps are all things that many teenagers and young adults hope to accomplish on short-term mission trips. Whether it’s because of a love...

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Following — blogs and Jesus

Aug 25, 2014 by

The other day as I was clicking around online, I came across a blog written by a fellow Mennonite pastor. I liked what she had to say in her most recent entry, so clicked on the little button near the top of...

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Indiana pastor’s credentials under review by two conferences

Aug 25, 2014 by and

Two Mennonite Church USA conferences will review the ministerial credentials of Karl Shelly, a pastor at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for two members...

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‘Mennonite’ wells flowing for all

Aug 25, 2014 by and

SHIRATI, Tanzania — When Mennonites drill a well, can only Men­nonites draw water from it? That was the question a group of men recently posed to Fred Otieno, director of planning and development for the...

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Voices in the streets

Aug 22, 2014 by

This week I was glued to Twitter on more than one evening, watching the events in Ferguson, Mo., unfold in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. In light of these events, today’s gospel passage (Matt....

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His sorrow is splendor

Aug 21, 2014 by

A little girl in our community has died. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. Shatteringly. Nine years old, Christ have mercy. And this is the part where those who call themselves “pastors” are supposed to provide...

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Living into the love of God

Aug 20, 2014 by

I have been thinking a lot about the love of God. I am getting ready to do a spiritual retreat with a group of doctors this morning and then tomorrow head down to Portland to speak at the Word Made Flesh...

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Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth

Aug 19, 2014 by

I love being a foster care provider for handicapped adults. I love Our Girl Audrey and Blind Linda fiercely, protectively and I am so grateful that our family has had the opportunity to have them as part of...

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The practice of missional living

Aug 18, 2014 by

As summer comes to a close, we begin to settle into what we often call our “normal” routine. Vacations are over, school is starting, the temperatures will soon begin to drop, and the busyness of...

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Bayonet and cross

Aug 18, 2014 by

In the summer of 1914, when Europe went to war, its churches declared holy crusades. Over the next four years the horrors of trench warfare, gas attacks and suicidal marches into machine-gun fire destroyed the...

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Older brother

Aug 18, 2014 by

The worlds we sought were never those we saw; the worlds we bargained for were never the worlds we got. — Saul Bellow, Dangling Man I realize it is an unflattering thing to reveal, but if I had to insert...

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Don’t be deceived

Aug 18, 2014 by

John R. Martin (Letters, July 21) raises an important question: “Where is the evidence that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement has a concern for biblical morality?” In reading...

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Affirming all we send

Aug 18, 2014 by

Mennonite conferences of North America are quite discriminating about which mission organizations represent them in their public gatherings. Almost all of us “own” Mennonite Central Committee as a service...

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USMB delegates approve peace article revision

Aug 18, 2014 by

Delegates at the U.S. Mennonite Brethren national convention in Santa Clara, Calif., voted July 26 to revise the article on “Love, Peacemaking and Reconciliation” in the denomination’s Confession of...

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MCC provides bedding in Gaza for 2,000 people

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Through one of its longtime partners in Gaza, Mennonite Central Committee provided emergency bedding supplies to about 2,000 displaced people, or 150 households, in Gaza in late July. The $35,000 project...

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Entrenched retaliation

Aug 18, 2014 by

Fighting in the Gaza Strip has resulted in more than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis killed since July 8. Hundreds of the dead Palestinians are children. At least six United Nations-run schools were struck...

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