Compassion for migrants

Sep 29, 2014 by and

In a year when the flow of Central American families to the U.S. border has made headlines, Mennonite Central Committee is responding broadly. MCC is meeting basic needs for those deported or detained,...

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A critique of Mennonite fanaticism

Sep 26, 2014 by

If we only listen to the voices of those in positions of power, perhaps we have learned nothing from Christendom. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Missio Alliance Gathering Sept. 19-20 in...

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Retelling the Bible as a story of grace

Sep 25, 2014 by

At Central Christian High School, the Mennonite high school I attended, all sophomores are tasked with telling the Bible story from memory. (And from what I hear from my young cousins, they still do it to this...

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Syrian stories need to be told

Sep 24, 2014 by

Hadija is 10 years old. She wakes up at 6 a.m., climbs in the back of a truck full of children, and drives to a potato field in the Bekaa Valley where she will work for at least seven hours. And Rami is 12...

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Leadership as spiritual direction

Sep 23, 2014 by

A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a master of divinity student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a position of privilege or of prestige but rather one of...

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Acting like a state: ISIS, the U.S. and Jesus as Lord

Sep 22, 2014 by

Like most Americans, I’m horrified by each new story I read about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham). A friend who works in the region wrote weeks ago to tell me ISIS had taken Rutba, the Iraqi town...

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Large Ohio church leaves MC USA

Sep 22, 2014 by and

Hartville Mennonite Church, one of the largest congregations in Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference, voted Sept. 7 to leave the denomination. The motion passed with 95 percent support. Pastor Ross Miller...

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First woman ordained as a pastor dies at 87

Sep 22, 2014 by and

Emma Sommers Richards, the first woman ordained as a pastor in a U.S. Mennonite congregation, died Sept. 6 in Goshen, Ind. She was 87. Richards was ordained in 1973 by Illinois Mennonite Conference while...

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A #BringBackOurGirls confession

Sep 19, 2014 by

I am going to trust you with the truth. I wish we could sit down, you and I, with two cups of coffee and a brownie split between us. I want to look hard, unflinchingly into your eyes, breathe deeply, and...

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“Cute” kids in church

Sep 18, 2014 by

A few weeks ago our children created a banner during worship to represent the part of the Lord’s prayer that says “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” I asked them to draw the kinds of things that they...

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Is it time to remove the flag from the church sanctuary?

Sep 17, 2014 by

If one were to walk into a church in the United States, it’s far more likely than not that somewhere on the stage in the sanctuary, there will be a U.S. flag. This tradition is one that spans across a wide...

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Wiping the blood away

Sep 16, 2014 by

I was taking Kristi to the grocery store as I do from time to time. Kristi is blind and in a wheelchair and she suffers from some cognitive disabilities. Kristi is a friend from church who I visit at her...

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Fresno Pacific calls former leader back

Sep 15, 2014 by and

Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University President Pete C. Menjares resigned Sept. 11. Less than a week later, the FPU board of trustees appointed a former president to take his place. Menjares had served as...

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Healing is God’s final word

Sep 15, 2014 by

We continue with Jeremiah’s “little book of consolation” (chapters 30-33). Coming in the midst of great trauma and grief, these chapters are meant to sustain hope and life amid the ruins of Judah’s...

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Relief and relationship

Sep 15, 2014 by and

About 70,000 of the more than 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced since December sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Awerial County, South Sudan. There they could find others who spoke...

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Take a break to pray

Sep 15, 2014 by

What if God’s people took a sabbatical from the issues that divide us? What if we took a break for a year and focused our energy on God’s power to change us and the world? What if during that year we...

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Light in Albania

Sep 15, 2014 by

Kelementina Shahini admits she didn’t know what she was getting into when she raised her hand at an evangelistic meeting. “My husband raised his,” she said, “and like a good Muslim wife I did the...

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Translation challenge

Sep 15, 2014 by

Steven Johns (Letters & Comments, Aug. 18) puts forward a Greek word for “servant,” pais, which does not match that found in Strong’s Greek-English lexicon as the Greek word translated as...

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Leaving fear behind

Sep 15, 2014 by

What is it about Sept. 11 that keeps us from forgetting just exactly what we were wearing and what we were doing when we heard the news? My wife and I discussed the question. In her infinite wisdom, she...

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Way of forgiveness

Sep 15, 2014 by

Are we forgetting the Jesus way, so at odds with the Old Testament spirit of vindictive justice? Jesus proclaimed repentance and forgiveness. He literally commanded that, in order for me to be forgiven my...

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