Declining religiosity

May 25, 2015 by

Editors attending the conventions of Canadian Church Press and the U.S.-based Associated Church Press in late April in Toronto heard the latest challenging statistics about religion in Canada and its effect on...

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Applying discipline

May 25, 2015 by

I’m disappointed that Mennonite Church USA has not applied spiritual discipline to the issue of marriage between one man and one woman. All Christians have sinful desires they suppress. People with...

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By tractor, truck and on foot, aid reaches rural Nepal

May 22, 2015 by

Using tractors and people power to haul supplies where trucks could not go, Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations finished an initial distribution of emergency supplies to Nepal earthquake...

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Why I’m for forbearance

May 22, 2015 by

On a Sunday several weeks ago, my family and I had several neighbors over to a “goodbye party” for our next-door neighbor, John, who had decided to move to an apartment closer to his son’s family after...

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Providing kids with faith — and freedom to ask questions

May 21, 2015 by

On Sunday I baptized two young people in my congregation — one was 13, and one was 30. Both talked — from their own developmental place — about the importance of faith and the church in their lives. The...

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Not on French fries alone

May 20, 2015 by

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight. — Jeremiah 15:16 I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. — Job 23:12 Jesus answered, “People...

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If America became a Christian nation

May 19, 2015 by

With political season kicking off again, so is the season where folks begin to use the term “Christian nation.” Some claim we were one, some claim we are one, and some say we need to become one. Yet, each...

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What does it mean to be holy?

May 18, 2015 by

People today frequently associate the word “holy” with a list dos and don’ts that godly people are supposed to adhere to. The concept of holiness in the Bible, however, is not primarily about behavior....

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Retiring scholar’s mission: solving Amish riddle

May 18, 2015 by and

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Donald B. Kraybill has written about the forgiving Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., and the revengeful Amish of Bergholz, Ohio. Now, after 44 years of immersion in the Anabaptist worldview...

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The most important book

May 18, 2015 by

DEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia — Three years ago, Fanosie Legesse made a challenge to Listowel (Ont.) Mennonite Church. Would they help him make sure that the students of Mese­rete Kristos College in Debre Zeit,...

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Sing unto the Lord an old song

May 15, 2015 by

We walked into an old convent in the town of Cholula, Mexico. A choir from the University of the Americas was rehearsing for an evening concert. The program included music composed by Mexican and Spanish...

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Involving ourselves in stories — of suffering, redemption

May 14, 2015 by

Myths and stories breathe life into the way we construct our societies. Stories explain our origin, dictate our afterlife, and assign meaning to everything in between: friendship, marriage and families. As...

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Cartoonist and writer combined humor, insight

May 13, 2015 by and

Joel Kauffmann, whose cartoon strip Pontius’ Puddle has enlivened the pages of church periodicals for three decades and whose screenplay for the 1990 film The Radicals dramatized the birth of Anabaptism,...

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Abide in love

May 13, 2015 by

1 John 4, the passage we are focusing on today, is deceptively simple, in that while is sounds easy enough, it’s actually quite complicated when it comes to our lived experiences. Statements about love, like...

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Uncomfortable conversations

May 12, 2015 by

I do not go looking for challenging conversations. But I don’t run from them when they find me. I have come to realize that discomfort is an indispensable element of growth. We generally realize that...

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Why motherhood matters

May 11, 2015 by

Since my book Mom Seeks God came out last year, I’ve spoken to many moms’ groups, and one thing has stood out to me as a need common to all moms: To know that our job matters. Whether we’re exhausted new...

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Manitoba church fills 100 panes with stained glass

May 11, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — As fire transforms sand into glass, so God’s power transforms people into beautiful reflections. For a group of 20 from River East Mennonite Brethren Church, this truth became tangible as...

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Lift every voice

May 11, 2015 by

Every generation has its own music, and the previous one usually doesn’t like it. That’s the way of the world. And in the church? Yes, there’s a generation gap there, too. But young and old can still...

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Song fills Amish daily life

May 11, 2015 by

In Why the Amish Sing, D. Rose Elder considers the role music plays in the life of Amish people, providing as well an in-depth analysis of songs used by the Amish, and the ways those songs inform Amish thought...

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Real estate project in Kenya to fund mission work

May 11, 2015 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — A real estate development, including dozens of condominiums, is coming to the property of Amani Gardens Inn, formerly the Mennonite Guest House, in Nairobi. The Mennonite Board in Eastern...

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