Franconia sets its sights on a more united future

Nov 30, 2015 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference addressed fractious times within Mennonite Church USA by focusing its annual assembly on being the church together. In a series of statements submitted by congregations, refined...

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Pennsylvania church welcomes Syrian refugee family

Nov 30, 2015 by and

Taking in refugees from Syria wasn’t the initial plan of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pa. “In February, our winter Bible school focused on immigration,” lead pastor Jon Carlson said. “This...

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Secular or sacred time?

Nov 30, 2015 by

What is time? Time is the measurement of motion through space. A day is the revolution of the earth. A month is the revolution of the moon around the earth. A year is the revolution of the earth around the...

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A middle ground to being a Christian on Black Friday

Nov 25, 2015 by

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism and, by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have,...

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Dining disaster in Galatians

Nov 24, 2015 by

Sitting at the table continues to be a metaphor for communing with other human beings. When we dine with others, we hear their stories, and we gaze into their eyes trying to see things as they see them. Table...

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Anabaptist schools, scripture and spiritual awakening

Nov 23, 2015 by

In late September, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow — clearly a reference to the apocalyptic...

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Dressing girls

Nov 23, 2015 by

Thus far my daughters and I have rarely fought over clothes. But the middle school years have arrived, and the annoyingly predictable phrase, “Everyone is wearing this,” has now cropped up several times. I...

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CMU squashes false tale with story of growing relations

Nov 23, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Canadian Mennonite University made headlines this fall when it was revealed that workers at the CMU Farm, in collaboration with members of the Métis community, had successfully grown an...

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Giving thanks in an anxious world

Nov 23, 2015 by

I came across some Thanksgiving statistics: Eighty-eight percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. An individual might consume an average of 4,500 calories at Thanks­­giving dinner....

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Odd couple in a chariot

Nov 23, 2015 by

The Bible storybook image of this odd couple is a curiosity. Philip, the insider, dressed in drab beige, runs beside a jewel-studded chariot carrying a colorfully dressed royal Ethiopian. The educated...

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MWC, MCC join international summit calling for religious freedom

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Representatives of every stream of global Christianity met Nov. 1-5 in Tirana, Albania, for a consultation on “Discrimination, Persecution, Martyrdom: Following Christ Together.” The event was convened by...

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Full-color compassion

Nov 23, 2015 by

The African-Americans who extended amazing grace to a white killer in South Carolina in June are noble examples of Jesus’ teaching to love your enemies. Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly opened fire during a prayer...

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Refuting false doctrine during Thanksgiving season

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Thanksgiving’s roots in an encounter between European settlers and indigenous people point to a dark side of that history. Mennonites who want to raise awareness of unjust treatment of indigenous people are...

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Give not just thanks

Nov 23, 2015 by

As leaves fall and frozen turkeys thaw, the Thanksgiving season offers a chance to pause for a few days and reflect on the previous year’s goodness. Some may be giving thanks for another season of harvest...

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Bible: Sabbath-keeping, empire-breaking

Nov 23, 2015 by

I’ve never been very good at keeping the Sabbath. To my knowledge, this is the only case where public admission of habitual commandment-breaking might actually get one a raise. We moderns have a term for...

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Canadian MB Conference organizes ‘God, Sex and Church’ study event

Nov 23, 2015 by

Representatives of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches gathered for an Oct. 21-23 study conference to talk about something that is often avoided. “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of...

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A time to scatter

Nov 23, 2015 by

The words of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes 3 match the experience of Mennonite Church USA: There is a time to gather stones and a time to scatter them. The denomination is scattering. Some believe this is...

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Enemy of justice

Nov 23, 2015 by

I could face torture, prison or execution in many nations if I spoke out publicly there as I do here. The U.S. supports bloody regimes now: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Pakistan and Mexico. It has also done so...

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What doesn’t change

Nov 23, 2015 by

Change is in the air. Telephones I started using yesterday are antiques. Email is ancient. The Berlin Wall, which I visited as a 19-year-old, was toppled before today’s college students were born. Some...

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Book review: ‘Nonviolent Action’

Nov 23, 2015 by

Most people know, at least generally, what Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did to effect change with nonviolence. But can you name four other times where nonviolence altered the course of a...

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