‘Hybrid’ seeds

Apr 27, 2015 by

As spring warms the earth, wheat fields wake from their winter slumber. Rockets of gluten rise from the plains and turn to amber waves of parables. The stories Jesus tells in Matthew 13 revolve around sowers,...

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Family a campus presence through generations

Apr 24, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — According to the registrar, Tabor College has graduated 106 students with the last name of Friesen. Of those, 25 come from one family. The patriarch, Jacob Wall Friesen, was born Dec. 14,...

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Memoir recalls a legacy of faith, public service

Apr 24, 2015 by and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Ernest L. Boyer was an instrumental figure not only in Messiah College history but also in the progress of education in the United States. His wife, Kathryn T. Boyer, detailed their...

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Students intern with anti-trafficking program

Apr 24, 2015 by and

ROSEDALE, Ohio — When Karissa Brenneman and Taylor Herr arrived at Rosedale Bible College as students last year, they didn’t know that in 2015 they would be driving the streets of Columbus in a van,...

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Century of football yields stories of tapped potential

Apr 24, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Sheldon Nunnally would likely never have come to Bethel College if it weren’t for the chance to play football. The senior, who transferred to Bethel as a junior from Compton (Calif.)...

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Are we training pastors for jobs that no longer exist?

Apr 24, 2015 by

It’s safe to say that the traditional expression of church has varied little in the Western world. This form worked well when the dominant culture was agrarian, most people were uneducated and illiterate,...

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Where are you, church?

Apr 23, 2015 by

As our Canadian society becomes increasingly secular, I have been thinking that people have disregarded the church. However, this assumption has been challenged for me. This spring I have been asked to...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Apr 22, 2015 by and

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Shame is part of love

Apr 22, 2015 by

Shame has fallen on hard times. Much of this is due to increasing concerns about the public shaming of people on social media. See the recently published book by Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly...

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An open letter to the president for Earth Day

Apr 21, 2015 by

Dear President Obama, I hear that you’ll be coming to my neighborhood April 22 for Earth Day. Thank you so much for coming. If you want to stop by for coffee or lunch, I’d love to have you! I lived in the...

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Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Apr 20, 2015 by and

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A...

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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

Apr 20, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Apr 20, 2015 by and

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a...

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The traveler

Apr 20, 2015 by

I saw him the moment I stepped outside my office, visible through the glass front doors — the man sitting beneath the church carport. He wore a beard and a ragged sweater, and beside him lay a small hiking...

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Knowing my identity for the sake of my kids

Apr 17, 2015 by

I have middle school-aged children now. My daughter has just finished her first year and my son will start in the fall. This baffles me, for it seems like just yesterday I was the one in middle school worrying...

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The test question for your church

Apr 16, 2015 by

We tend to measure the “success” of a church by numbers. I propose in A Fellowship of Differents another way of measuring whether or not our church measures up to the kind of success that the Bible...

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The gospel of enough

Apr 15, 2015 by

The following sermon was preached at Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia, based on Acts 4:32-35. I hate to break it to you, but despite those verses in Acts, the church never really held all things...

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Contact without fellowship in an Internet age

Apr 14, 2015 by

Jesus told his disciples “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” The...

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As our economy recovers, should we celebrate?

Apr 13, 2015 by

There are promising signs of economic recovery everywhere, we’re told. Stock market numbers are three times higher than during the recent depression. Employment numbers are up. Consumer confidence is on...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

Apr 13, 2015 by and

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution...

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