EMM sends its first U.S. YES team in a decade

Nov 24, 2014 by and

BALTIMORE — This fall Eastern Mennonite Missions sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens...

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Travail and counsel

Nov 24, 2014 by

The church is in pain and feels travail like the earliest church did when it discerned God’s will about the inclusion of Gentiles and circumcision. We have seen the progressive interpretation of Scripture in...

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MB Central District gets $1.2 million gift

Nov 24, 2014 by

MINOT, N.D. — A large gift enabled the Central District Conference of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches to significantly increase next year’s budget. Christian Leader magazine reported a...

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We need help discerning what are disputable matters

Nov 21, 2014 by

My church, Mennonite Church USA, like many denominations, is in a state of crisis over an issue I never thought would become a subject of dispute in my lifetime, the question of whether congregations can...

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Choosing joy

Nov 20, 2014 by

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. — James 1:2 In the wake of my father’s death, I found myself doing something strange. I identified anything good...

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What’s happening in the emergent church conversation?

Nov 19, 2014 by

I was asked recently for my view of what’s happening in the emergent/emergence conversation in North America. Here’s a very short overview, from my perspective. The conversation continues to grow,...

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Protecting ourselves, mistreating others and smudging

Nov 18, 2014 by

We do a lot of driving in our family. Driving to volleyball, guitar, swim club, band rehearsal, grandma and grandpa’s, and on and on it goes. Many days it is in the car that some of the best, most important,...

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Germans mark 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 17, 2014 by and

Horst Krueger was happy to only attend one Sunday worship service Nov. 9 at Berlin Mennonite Church. The service — one of thanksgiving — reflected on a historic weekend 25 years earlier. Two Mennonite...

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Western District weighs congregational freedom

Nov 17, 2014 by and

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. — Congregational freedom is a tradition in Western District Conference. Now the conference needs to decide how that tradition applies when issues of same-sex relationships test the...

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An open letter to the Mennonite family

Nov 14, 2014 by and

We are Richard and Jewel (Wenger) Showalter. As church planters, missionaries, educators, mission administrators, parents and now grandparents, we have walked as part of the Mennonite family throughout our...

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Religiously ‘easy’

Nov 13, 2014 by

Some passages are almost impossible to imagine preaching a sermon on: People of God, you are like a donkey in heat, like a dog that goes around humping table legs (Jer. 2:24).  Kudos to Jeremiah for courage...

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Brittany Maynard didn’t commit suicide

Nov 12, 2014 by

The past few week or so has been filled with news that terminally ill 29-year-old, Brittany Maynard, ended her life with medication prescribed by her physician. She did so under legal physician-assisted...

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Loving, not thanking, veterans

Nov 11, 2014 by and

Veterans Day, established to celebrate those who served in the armed forces, has a more festive atmosphere than Memorial Day, which remembers those who died while serving in the armed forces. Veterans Day...

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Lancaster Conference terminates retired pastor’s credentials

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Lancaster Mennonite Conference has removed the ministerial credentials of a retired pastor for officiating a same-sex marriage. Chester Wenger, a 96-year-old retired missionary and...

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An open letter to my beloved Mennonite Church

Nov 10, 2014 by

I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply. But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the Lord has lit within me, under...

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AMBS provides resources for sexuality conversations

Nov 10, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from the work of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary faculty. AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk emphasizes that...

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Nigerian Brethren headquarters overtaken by insurgents

Nov 10, 2014 by

KWARHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents overtook the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria headquarters property Oct. 29. Both the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) headquarters and Kulp Bible College were...

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Canada links lead to Cambodia ordination

Nov 10, 2014 by and

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The growth of Vietnamese Mennonite churches in British Columbia has led to closer ministry connections in Cambodia. In early June, Mennonite Church British Columbia sent three...

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What happened?

Nov 10, 2014 by

What has happened to you Mennonites? When I grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., you could always count on a Mennonite to be a person of integrity who knew the Bible and lived by it. I certainly do miss those...

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Deadly epidemic

Nov 10, 2014 by and

A public health crisis has infiltrated our North American sanctuary, a contagion so swift and indiscriminate that a moment’s contact has fatal consequences. Whenever a new strain of the virus breaks out,...

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