Caring for workers

Oct 27, 2014 by

I commend Harvey Yoder for “What Would Jesus Earn?” When pastors in our country are paid $80,000 and up, shouldn’t we pay our missionaries and service workers accordingly? I have for many years watched...

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Bible can help us ‘learn to speak together again’

Oct 27, 2014 by

SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A seminary dean spoke to Mennonite Church USA leaders on rethinking our relationships to each other and the Bible. “Might it be that the Bible is the one thing that can save us?”...

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Beyond our Christendom, signs of life

Oct 27, 2014 by

I remember wincing when British Anabaptist Stuart Murray Williams suggested wryly in one of his trips to southeastern Pennsylvania that we had managed to create our own Mennonite Christendom. Murray Williams...

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Led by the blind?

Oct 27, 2014 by

A number of Mennonite churches are leaving their conferences and denominations due to bypassing biblical commandments on the sin of homosexuality. An article in the Feb. 14, 2011, MWR stated that 14 churches...

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Anabaptists: peaceful force for racial justice?

Oct 27, 2014 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — Participants in “Hope for the Future” gatherings are inspiring congregations to address diversity in their communities. “Hope for the Future” began in 2011 in response to the rapid...

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From potatoes to doughnuts, a path out of poverty

Oct 27, 2014 by and

JOS, Nigeria — Too poor to get medical care in time to save her baby’s life, Rhoda Markos decided her life had to change. A training program supported by Mennonite Central Committee helped her do it. Three...

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Goshen congregation leaves MC USA

Oct 27, 2014 by

At least 10 congregations have left Mennonite Church USA this year, many as a result of disagreements over LGBT inclusion. Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in Goshen, Ind., recently added to that number by...

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Near Mennonite: Who’s in or out, and why?

Oct 24, 2014 by

At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of going to “Ex-Mennonite, Near Mennonite: Liturgical, Non-denominational, Secular,” a conference hosted by the chair in Mennonite Studies at the...

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Broken down

Oct 23, 2014 by

I look out my office window this morning and see a rusty, mud-streaked old pick-up truck with a creaky-looking camper on the back stagger and wheeze its way into the church parking lot. Such sights in the...

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Rethinking our approach to singleness

Oct 22, 2014 by

In his opening editorial to the autumn issue of Mutuality, Tim Kruger cites this set of lines from the apostle Paul about singleness: I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned...

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Talking to preschoolers about race

Oct 21, 2014 by

My daughter and I were sitting outside of seminary housing when one of the few married, male black students in our apartment complex walked by. My daughter, then 2, shouted, voice ringing across the...

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Get ready to chase the Amish dream

Oct 20, 2014 by

In case you hadn’t noticed, a long line of people stands ready to tell you Amish stories. They include: Producers of Amish-themed reality TV shows. Tourist-venue operators. Writers of Amish fiction. Writers...

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On top of the World

Oct 20, 2014 by and

On July 28, Erik Kratz was scratched from the lineup of the Buffalo Bisons AAA minor-league baseball team. The Toronto Blue Jays had just traded the Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church member to the Kansas City...

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Radical writing

Oct 20, 2014 by and

Jason Storbakken’s journey to the faith of his Anabaptist ancestors took him not so much to church on Sunday mornings but on a global tour of faiths, classes and cultures. The destination he reached — a...

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‘Brother, you are forgiven’

Oct 20, 2014 by and

LA CEIBA, Honduras — After decades of misunderstanding and little collaboration, the two largest Anabaptist groups in Honduras have publicly reconciled. In August 2013, leaders from the groups — Amor...

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Jesus unfriended

Oct 17, 2014 by

People often tell me in the hushed tones of a dirty secret, “I’m not sure I like the apostle Paul.” I reply, “That’s OK. The first Christians didn’t much like him either.” But what really...

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Why the Church needs her martyrs

Oct 16, 2014 by

Human life is the most sacred thing. Blood trumps everything. To be sure, many would rush to say that God is the most sacred thing. That God trumps everything. But in point of fact, that’s not true....

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Girls: The hope of the future

Oct 15, 2014 by

Over the past few days, my 4-year-old, Ruby, has asked some profound and provocative questions that have both challenged and brought us much hope for the future. “Why does Jesus want us to talk to him if he...

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Beheadings by religious fundamentalists are not new

Oct 14, 2014 by

My wife’s ancestor Hans Landis, one of the last known Anabaptists martyrs in western Europe, was executed in the year 1614, just 400 years ago. Landis was one of thousands who were martyred for...

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Fresno Pacific’s gain leads fall enrollment totals

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University set an enrollment record this fall by adding more than 250 students.   Four other U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries grew enrollment, while three...

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