The necessity of finishing

Mar 31, 2015 by

This is from a Lenten series on the seven last words of Jesus. The following is on the sixth word, John 19:30. “It is finished.” It began with a barnyard birth and a flight from a murderous king. It began...

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The things we hide from others

Mar 30, 2015 by

Like many, I’ve been following the story of the Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who deliberately crashed the plane he was co-piloting from Barcelona to Dusseldorf into the French Alps on March 24,...

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MC USA council endorses unity statement

Mar 30, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Conservative, progressive or a call for unity and tolerance? That was the question for the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council as its members weighed three proposed...

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MCC to replace its meat canning rig

Mar 30, 2015 by and

A new rig for Mennonite Central Committee’s traveling meat canning operation will be coming together soon, mostly in Ephrata, Pa. MCC canning coordinator John Hillegass said nothing was specifically wrong...

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EMU helps bring restorative justice to police department

Mar 30, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks...

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MCC meets Gaza housing needs

Mar 30, 2015 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee, through longtime Gaza Strip partner Al Najd Development Forum, is addressing housing needs for families whose homes were destroyed or damaged in July and August as...

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What kind of Bible?

Mar 30, 2015 by

This book is neither a Bible commentary nor a Bible study. It is a personal reflection based on a life of pastoral ministry and social service. The author is now serving as pastor of two small Presbyterian...

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Too many of the ‘least’ in prison

Mar 30, 2015 by

“When was it that we saw you . . . in prison and visited you?” the righteous ones asked Jesus. Jesus responded, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it...

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Biblical families

Mar 30, 2015 by

Jim Powers (Letters, March 2) asserts that “the written word of God is clear on sex, family [and] roles in the church.” However, family and sexual practices vary greatly across time and cultures, and the...

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Women overflow praise seminar

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ORODARA, Burkina Faso — No room was big enough to hold the more than 225 women from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso who gathered for a seminar Feb. 2-6 at Orodara Mennonite Bible School. By...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Mar 30, 2015 by and

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the...

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Piecing together family ties

Mar 30, 2015 by

My mom loves to sew. When she was only 8 or 9 she begged her mom to teach her to use the sewing machine. She sewed all her clothes while attending high school in Henderson, Neb. She even sewed her own wedding...

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Whose lifestyle?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mike Combs rightly denounces the term “homosexual life­style” (Letters, March 16). I don’t know what writers mean when they use that term, but I am certain it is negative. Consider the following...

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How do you see it?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Last month on the Internet, a particular dress went viral when people couldn’t agree on whether the dress was blue and black or white and gold. When my daughter showed me the photo, I saw a blue dress with...

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What about war?

Mar 30, 2015 by

The article on Choice Books (“100,000,000 Books,” Feb. 16) notes that Choice Books displays are in the Pentagon shopping area and in Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores. One book on the Choice...

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Opinion: Christ-centered unity is still possible

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA faces the pivotal question of what unites us and what divides. The dominant issue in our time is acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the church. It’s a question of what constitutes...

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Jesus didn’t just look human

Mar 30, 2015 by

When I taught Bible at Messiah College, I often had students from fundamentalist churches. They certainly knew their fundamentals, one of which was “Jesus is God.” As we studied the Gospels, they never...

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Paraguayan critique

Mar 30, 2015 by

“The press,” writes Franklin Klassen, editor of Chaco-Press, a new monthly newspaper published in the Menno Colony of the Paraguayan Chaco, “is the conscience of a society. When offenses happen, the...

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Secrecy enabled sin

Mar 30, 2015 by

Few things cause as much damage and pain in the church as secrecy. Hiding information spawns suspicion, distortion and lies. Secrecy fosters an imbalance of power, as those few people in the know can act with...

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War without end

Mar 30, 2015 by

The U.S. military response to terrorism has not brought peace and stability to the Middle East but disintegration and disorder. The current enemy, the Islamic State, emerged from the Iraqi civil conflict,...

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