Howling like a jackal

Jun 22, 2015 by

I’ve not heard jackals howl in the wild, but I listened on YouTube. Try it to get in a mood to study Micah. They are more shrill and annoying than the hyenas I heard when teaching in Ethiopia. The prophet...

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Why Pope Francis’ climate encyclical matters

Jun 22, 2015 by

Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical came out June 18, and there are many reasons for hope. It’s encouraging to see a such a high-profile Christian leader taking a strong stand on both ecological issues...

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Manitoba church puts MC Canada affiliation ‘on hold’

Jun 22, 2015 by

Winkler (Man.) Bergthaler Mennonite Church is considering leaving Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada after seeing acceptance of same-sex unions in the denomination. Canadian Mennonite...

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Confessing without forcing

Jun 22, 2015 by

Like so many other Christian groups, Mennonite Church USA has an LGBTQ issue. But more than that, MC USA has a history problem. Unfortunately, as has happened for three decades, the two will no doubt clash at...

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Football’s fair share

Jun 22, 2015 by

The beautiful (Mennonite) game is coming to the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. Teams of many cultures and languages will pass, shoot and maybe shove just a little bit around football...

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Guides from the past

Jun 22, 2015 by

In the 1940s the “Old” Mennonite Church stood at an impasse. Illinois Conference was accused, among other things, of violating a dress code and was threatened with expulsion. A special session of the...

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Form and function

Jun 22, 2015 by

Many articles and letters attempt to justify or denounce homosexuality using feelings and experiences as primary criteria. Some recognize the obvious benefits of the Genesis model and the consequences of...

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The only logical conclusion after Charleston

Jun 19, 2015 by

There have been far too many mass shootings in America. I still remember watching Columbine and Virginia Tech unfold on the news. I remember crying over Sandyhook, shock over the movie theater shooting,...

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Let’s support the full Confession of Faith

Jun 18, 2015 by

The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, 1995 is a beautiful document. If you haven’t read the entire booklet, I encourage you to do so. Currently the most talked about part of the Confession of...

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Friendly conservative suggestions to progressives

Jun 17, 2015 by

We in Mennonite Church USA are uneasy about our apparent impasse over same-sex relationships. As Michael King writes in his first “Blogging Toward Kansas City” entry (King plans to offer blog reflections...

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Righteous exclusion

Jun 16, 2015 by

I was on a mountain bike ride talking with a kind man who I have biked with before. He knows I am a pastor, so he was talking about getting plugged into a new church. He shared that his parents attend a...

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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Jun 15, 2015 by and

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes...

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Lancaster district makes unity central

Jun 15, 2015 by and

In the midst of questions about Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s affiliation with Mennonite Church USA, a document calling for unity is gaining traction. The document, “Radical Center,” was born out of...

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Sacred cows and holy kisses

Jun 15, 2015 by

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. — Isaiah 6:1-5 Greet one another with a holy kiss. — Romans 16:12-16 What on earth is a “holy kiss?” Is it a kiss on...

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Mideast peace work grows

Jun 15, 2015 by and

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC...

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Diversity, where is the line?

Jun 12, 2015 by

I have always been intrigued by John 3:16. As a child, the idea that God loved me, my family, friends and neighbors was good news. Every year during Mission Week I would hear stories and watch slide...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

Jun 11, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living...

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Say five things you’re thankful for

Jun 11, 2015 by

I began a ritual with my boys. It was one of those attempts to draw us closer to each other, to remind us of what matters, to cultivate a way of thinking about and being in the world. Each night, after...

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Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and diversity

Jun 10, 2015 by

In May I spoke at the Mennonite Historical Society annual dinner in Elkhart, Ind. I was asked to make observations for Mennonite Church USA from Ontario Mennonite history. Mennonite Church USA has been going...

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Voice behind the cello

Jun 9, 2015 by

It is a show full of emotions – laughter, joy, pain, remorse, sadness and grace. Ted Swartz, in Listening for Grace, twists goosebumps into tears of sadness, only to transform them into tears of...

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