MCC responds with food, shelter, supplies in Nepal

Apr 30, 2015 by and

Mennonite Central Committee will begin its Nepal earthquake response by working with a local organization in the remote, eastern area of the country, providing food and other essential items to affected...

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22 time-tested ways to love your pastor

Apr 30, 2015 by

Thriving in ministry doesn’t depend solely on what any one pastor does or doesn’t do. Congregations play a critical role. I know that my church has done a great deal to support and enable me to thrive. So...

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The church and measurable goals

Apr 29, 2015 by

One of the ways ministries fund themselves is through writing grants. The process of writing these requests can be helpful and clarifying. A typical grant request includes a statement of need, measurable...

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The rise of the dones — done with church, that is

Apr 28, 2015 by

One of the fastest growing religious groups in Canada today is the nones. These are people who, when asked if they have a religious preference, say “none.” But there’s another group that is also gaining...

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The beginning of the end

Apr 27, 2015 by

We have, rather erroneously, developed this notion that the Christian life is supposed to be safe and easy. We desire comfort and we think that our Christian faith is the vessel that we can use to accomplish a...

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MWC visa problems fewer than feared

Apr 27, 2015 by

People who need visas to attend the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26 have encountered fewer problems than expected. For more than a year, a Visa Task Force has been preparing...

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It’s time for a new hymnal

Apr 27, 2015 by

The time is near for the next generation’s hymnal. Scheduled for release in 2020, it will be more than a printed book. Representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA laid...

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East Africans strengthen training for rural pastors

Apr 27, 2015 by , and

MWANZA, Tanzania — Mennonite bishops in Tanzania and Kenya are striving to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors. They are working with Eastern Mennonite Missions workers Joe and...

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White fragility

Apr 27, 2015 by

We have heard many apologies in recent months, particularly from white communities, regarding racial, ethnic and gender issues. There has been a lot to apologize for. Politicians, sportswriters, newscasters...

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Not by coercion

Apr 27, 2015 by

I encourage all delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention to read “Christ-Centered Unity Is Still Possible” by John M. Miller (March 30). He suggests that our “obedience to Jesus” has been...

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Turning to Jesus, everything changes

Apr 27, 2015 by

George Nyaundi grew up as a traditional African in Enemesi, Kenya. He and his family knew nothing of Jesus. His tribal background was Kisii, though he lived among the Maasai. His grandfather had moved into...

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Opinion: Being pro-Jesus on Israel-Palestine

Apr 27, 2015 by

There is a growing concern among evangelical Christians for the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Prominent leaders such as Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church and Gary Burge of Wheaton College are visiting the...

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Values with value

Apr 27, 2015 by

Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman gave a convocation speech in February at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. He encouraged the students to read each book of the Bible for its own unique message. Pointing out...

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Listen to Jesus

Apr 27, 2015 by

Excluding LGBT people has become the main default agenda of some Mennonite congregations. The recently announced new fellowship of congregations appears to have fallen in line with all the other groups who...

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Where is the line?

Apr 27, 2015 by

Jokingly I told a Mennonite farmer that we should be discussing glyphosate at our denominational convention. Can a Mennonite farmer spray glyphosate, the herbicide in the common weedkiller Roundup, in light of...

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Opinion: Don’t break up the body

Apr 27, 2015 by

About 40 Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders gathered March 14 to discuss the Mennonite Church USA survey of credentialed leaders on issues related to people in same-gender relationships. We learned that...

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Gifts for the common good

Apr 27, 2015 by

I hate to tell you this, but the Johannine communities of our previous lessons were not the only Christians who had church fights. Some 40 or 50 years earlier, the Apostle Paul wrote the letter we call 1...

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Finding spirituality with an open heart

Apr 27, 2015 by

The concept of a “mellow heart” is not common in everyday conversation. But with the help of a new book by siblings Donald Clymer and Sharon Clymer Landis, The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening,...

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Year after girls’ abduction, Nigerians’ hearts still ache

Apr 27, 2015 by

The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria continues to mourn the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls — and members’ loss of life and property — a year after the kidnapping. On April 14, 2014, the Islamist...

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Exit the detour

Apr 27, 2015 by

In the early church, authority resided in the congregation. The believers at Antioch received the letter from the Jerusalem conference not as a rule but “rejoiced at the exhortation” (Acts 15:31, NRSV)....

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