Mennonite Church USA to explore new structure

Sep 30, 2014 by and

Seeking to hold the denomination together amid controversies over homosexuality, Mennonite Church USA will explore possibilities for a new structure. At its Sept. 26-27 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., the MC USA...

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Plain people in the midst of cultural transformation

Sep 30, 2014 by

The below photo depicts an understudied — yet vitally important — aspect of Brethren in Christ religious life in the 1960s and 1970s: the Church Growth movement. Church Growth developed as a phenomenon...

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The limits of Stan the Man Hauerwas

Sep 29, 2014 by

When I was in seminary, I got drunk on Stanley Hauerwas. His polemic works against modernity, Christendom, liberalism, individualism, etc., struck a chord with me, and gave me a certain set of diagnostic...

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Churches repudiate ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Sep 29, 2014 by

SAN FRANCISCO — Church leaders from across the U.S. and Canada strategized about engaging the Mennonite church in the ecumenical effort to dismantle the “Doctrine of Discovery” Aug. 21-22. First...

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Church planters make friends, follow the Spirit

Sep 29, 2014 by and

WICHITA, Kan. — Because Byron and Hilda Pellecer “followed the bubbles” of the Holy Spirit, Imelda Sama­ni­ego worships on her front lawn. On Tuesday evenings she joins a small group of adults and...

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Numbers game

Sep 29, 2014 by

It started with college sports. Fans wanted to know how teams that never played each other stacked up. So they took a poll, counted the votes, made a list and argued about it. And if you can judge who’s No....

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A surprising future?

Sep 29, 2014 by

The shape of God’s church of the future may surprise us. Can we agree that decision-making from only a few, top-down, is not satisfactory? Nor has decision-making from the bottom up been as effective as we...

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CAM Liberia staff take Ebola virus precautions

Sep 29, 2014 by and

An Ebola virus outbreak spreading through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has prompted Christian Aid Ministries to significantly alter its presence in Liberia, where the death toll is rising most quickly. It...

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O God, where is justice?

Sep 29, 2014 by

How do we live as people of faith in a world that seems so often to be dominated by the wrong? The prophet Habakkuk gives a brief window into one of Israel’s darkest moments, at the very end of the life of...

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Nothing new under the sun — or in the church press?

Sep 29, 2014 by

Cleaning out old files, I came upon one marked “Controversy in the Mennonite Press” with stuff in it dating back 40 years and more. One thought came to mind: “What goes around comes...

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Teaching English leads to deeper discussions in China

Sep 29, 2014 by and

Tao’s sheepish demeanor as he approached teacher Kelly McPhail revealed why he and his classmates were nervous about their English grades: They hadn’t been speaking much in class. To confront an...

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Zealous African bishop

Sep 29, 2014 by

Henry Mulandi of Kenya was a plenary speaker at the inaugural sessions of the Global Mission Fellowship at the 2003 Mennonite World Conference in Zimbabwe. Bishop Mulandi leads a large circle of intertribal...

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Speaking for Gaza

Sep 29, 2014 by

Two of three recent articles on Israel lack Gaza’s viewpoint. I must speak for them. Thousands are permanently disabled by Israeli shells. Palestinians lack Israel’s press clout. Remember: Old Testament...

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It’s not like divorce

Sep 29, 2014 by

Some say the church used to be against divorce, but today we accept it. Wrong. Article 19 of the Mennonite Church USA Confession of Faith says, “We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between...

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Stop the domestic arms race

Sep 29, 2014 by

After the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., people from every sector of society began, again, discussing the issue of race. Some vehemently denied race was the incident’s operative...

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Beating the heat, youth connect with N.Y. congregation

Sep 29, 2014 by and

NEW YORK — On hot summer afternoons, Tiara Downer’s Summer Jam Cool Outs at King of Glory Tabernacle, a Mennonite Church USA congregation in the Bronx, gave neighborhood kids a chance to beat the heat and...

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Clothed with faith, humor

Sep 29, 2014 by and

Jonathan Kornelsen’s teen-aged “Menno” T-shirt concept that made his father laugh out loud is taking root as a fundraiser around British Columbia and two other Canadian provinces. Now youth pastor at...

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Come to Jesus

Sep 29, 2014 by

Anabaptists hold a wide variety of beliefs on how to share the way of Jesus — evangelism, conversion, mission, service, persuasive words, good deeds. Some churches and agencies are unabashedly...

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Let’s talk about sin

Sep 29, 2014 by

More than 60 years ago, Howard Ham­mer and his revival tent came to Kalona, Iowa. Some still remember how riled up people got. They tossed cigarettes and jewelry into a barrel. According to one account, a...

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Parenting and the Bible

Sep 29, 2014 by

It is the things you assume that really sink into them. It is the things you forget even to teach that they learn. — G.K. Chesterton I recently received a postcard in the mail from a local church advertising...

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