The Lord will raise a prophet

Feb 5, 2015 by

I spent a few days this week away from my home in Durham, N.C., in another southern town, visiting with young people who’ve relocated to under-resourced neighborhoods there. They told me what they’ve...

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Committee: No structural solution to MC USA tensions

Feb 4, 2015 by and

The idea that major structural change might help Mennonite Church USA resolve its conflicts has been tested and dropped. Instead, delegates at this summer’s convention will turn their attention to polity, or...

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Reluctant prophet

Feb 4, 2015 by

If you consider the length of the Bible, or the Old Testament, or even just the prophetic books of the Old Testament, Jonah seems insignificant in comparison — both in the space he takes up, and the gravity...

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Giving up hell for a year

Feb 3, 2015 by

Hell is real, in some form or another. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the...

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Believers baptism churches meet

Feb 2, 2015 by

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the first time, representatives of six churches that practice believers baptism gathered to discuss mutual recognition of baptism and Christian unity. At the consultation, held Jan....

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Conrad Grebel president promotes the three ‘Cs’

Feb 2, 2015 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The three Rs have been viewed as foundations of education since the days of the one-room schoolhouse. But the president of Canada’s Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont.,...

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EMU students enlist Nobel laureate in fight against Ebola

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when...

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What it means to be human

Feb 2, 2015 by

ALEPPO, Syria — This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of a mortar exploding. I said to myself, “A new day is started.” This is normal in Aleppo. I went to the kitchen, hoping to get some tea...

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Foundation’s record year benefits MB church

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — MB Foundation earnings set records in 2014, so the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ financial agency is sharing an unprecedented amount with the denomination. “We want...

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Government to pay fees of Conestoga attorneys

Feb 2, 2015 by

The federal government will pay $570,000 in legal fees to attorneys who worked with a Mennonite-owned Pennsylvania cabinet company that challenged a birth control mandate last year at the Supreme...

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Benefits of boredom

Feb 2, 2015 by

While conventional wisdom maintains that idle hands and minds are the devil’s tools, psychological research has found benefits to boredom. According to a 2013 study by psychologists at the University of...

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Can a peace church make peace within?

Feb 2, 2015 by

Some years ago, John Paul Lederach, international peacebuilder, received good advice from his young daughter before he went to a meeting to discuss his work in conciliation and peacebuilding: “Daddy, just...

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Split or renewal?

Feb 2, 2015 by

I’m frustrated by the language used in the announcement of a splinter group. Leaders of this movement call for spiritual renewal and mission. This implies that those who do not resonate with them do not long...

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Call to serve abroad is a ‘remarkable adventure’

Feb 2, 2015 by

CAPINGA, Mozambique — Rebecca Standen wears a headlamp to light the way and checks a pot of chima bubbling over the fire outside her tiny house. The porridge-like mixture will be supper as she ends another...

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It’s the culture war

Feb 2, 2015 by

D.R. Yoder’s parable, “If Faced With This Choice, What Would You Do?” (Letters, Jan. 5), seems to be based on the assumption that those who tolerate churches that welcome LGBT people would not extend the...

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Worship our children?

Feb 2, 2015 by

Whatever [parents] are doing is for the child’s sake, and the child’s alone. Parents no longer raise children for the family’s sake or that of the broader world. — Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No...

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South Korean events showcase student peace movies

Feb 2, 2015 by and

Lessons of peace were highlighted through short films and workshops at two parallel events co-hosted by the Korea Peacebuilding Institute. KOPI, which is supported by Mennonite Mission Network, partnered with...

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Hopeful or hopeless?

Feb 2, 2015 by

As 2014 ended, “I can’t breathe” was the mantra for many who demonstrated across the United States in the wake of the death of Eric Garner. It feels like our nation, and our world, can’t breathe. The...

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Learning from stories that stink

Feb 2, 2015 by

As I took down my string of Christmas cards and letters, I smiled as one friend noted the danger of a Christmas letter becoming “a list of stellar achievements accomplished by perfect people.” Ours had no...

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Rural churches face unique challenges

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Rural congregations are highly attuned to the seasons. While fields lie fallow and winter wheat slumbers, representatives from Midwestern Mennonite Church USA conferences gathered in Kansas...

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