Change the focus

Nov 23, 2015 by

Over half of the Nov. 9 front page is filled with same-sex issues. What a different message we would give to the churches and the world if that much was given to church plants, the Great Commission and the...

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Opinion: Riots are failed cries for justice

Nov 23, 2015 by

In 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” That comment resurfaced after riots by African-Americans in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore in the past two years. Deaths of...

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Mennonites in France pray for Muslims

Nov 20, 2015 by and

None of Mennonite Mission Network’s five international personnel in or near Paris was hurt in the Nov. 13 terrorist bombings, although each has been affected by them. “It took a little while to confirm...

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Lancaster Conference to leave Mennonite Church USA

Nov 20, 2015 by and

Story updated Nov. 24 Lancaster Mennonite Conference announced Nov. 19 it will withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017. A proposal from the conference’s Board of Bishops was ratified by 82.3...

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Confessing the peace of Jesus in a terroristic world

Nov 19, 2015 by

Our world needs communities of witness and healing who confess that the God of the universe is fully revealed in that man on a cross who forgives and reconciles his enemies and who in his resurrection brings...

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Welcoming refugees — what choice do we have?

Nov 18, 2015 by

I don’t intend this article to be long. I don’t think it needs to be long. But it might end up being long. Here’s the thing: In reading through the gospels in the Bible, I notice something about what I...

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Virginia Conference leaders discuss same-sex attraction

Nov 18, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — One hundred pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered Nov. 9-11 at Lindale Mennonite Church for a consultation on “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship,...

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Lancaster panel reflects on changing Anabaptist world

Nov 17, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — From plain to acculturated, uniform to diverse, insulated to global, the Anabaptist movement has changed and will continue to do so. A panel of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders...

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Illinois Mennonite directs worldwide religious summit

Nov 17, 2015 by and

One of the world’s largest and oldest interfaith organizations met in the U.S. last month, and an Illinois Mennonite orchestrated the final preparations and implementation. The Parliament of the World’s...

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AMBS forerunner began 70 years ago in Chicago

Nov 17, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — In the spring of 1942, as World War II was intensifying, some American Mennonites were mobilizing to confront a growing challenge on the home front: the training of ministers and other church...

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Military force won’t diminish threat from ISIS

Nov 17, 2015 by

French military strikes in Syria are an understandable reaction to the killings in Paris, but they will not diminish the threat from ISIS and could make it worse. The United States and its partners have been...

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Paris must not be another 9/11

Nov 16, 2015 by

Just like you, I was horrified when I learned of last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The scale, precision and barbarity of these crimes are hard to fathom. My first reaction was sadness for the victims and...

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Approaching apologetics

Nov 13, 2015 by

In my later teen and early young adult years, apologetics were a fairly important discipline to me. I read all of Lee Strobel’s The Case For… books. Looking back on them, there were some great ideas that...

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Should I attend a Christian university?

Nov 12, 2015 by

They knew exactly how to market to me. Pumping and vibrant praise music wafting through the school, prayers before every class, professors who truly care about student needs, and those colorful envelopes in...

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Anabaptist siblings: Brethren renew historic connections with Mennonites

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Since its founding in Ger­many in 1708, the Breth­­ren stream of Anabaptism has been associated with Mennonites, particularly for their shared opposition to war. Yet both groups have often overlooked their...

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EMM worker has lively encounters with Islam

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Teaching at European seminaries in September, David W. Shenk said conversations everywhere were about how to respond to the continent’s refugee crisis. Shenk, a member of Eastern Mennonite Missions’...

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Hesston president to conclude at end of academic year

Nov 11, 2015 by

HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College President Howard Keim announced Oct. 22 he will transition away from his role at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, concluding 11 years of leadership as the college’s...

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Love thy neighbor: Helping veterans to heal

Nov 11, 2015 by

Once again, Veterans Day has arrived. For many, it is another day celebrating everyday militarism. Mennonites have long had an aversion to war and violence, and we find ourselves in an unpopular position on...

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Nov 10, 2015 by

I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. . . . The wolf and the lamb shall feed together. . . . They shall not hurt or...

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Opinion: Hear the conservative voice

Nov 10, 2015 by

The discussion in Mennonite Church USA about LGBTQ people in the life of the church seems not to welcome the conservative voice. Although many parts of the denomination still are largely represented by the...

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