MCC tribute to Robert Kreider (1919-2015)

Dec 31, 2015 by , and

In one of Jesus’ parables in the Gospel of Matthew, a master praises his good and faithful servant for having proven himself trustworthy in a few things. Throughout his long life and his extensive and...

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Creation care and incarnation

Dec 30, 2015 by

Emmanuel. God with us. Really. In the flesh. The incarnation means that in the most real and concrete way, God is connected to the physical reality of this planet. God has inhabited a human body with skin,...

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Kreider a uniter who made history

Dec 29, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Robert S. Kreider, an educator and historian who championed causes of peace, service and cooperation through Anabaptist engagement with the world, died Dec. 27. He was 96. Driven by...

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It’s still Christmas

Dec 29, 2015 by

Now that Christmas Day is over, many of us feel let down because the day we have been anticipating for so long is over. The malls strip their elaborate decorations and junk their remaining Christmas stocks...

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How to be a pastor in exile

Dec 28, 2015 by and

Jessica Reesor Rempel and Chris Brnjas call themselves “Pastors in Exile.” They aren’t officially pastors, but then, their congregation isn’t officially a church. They are the part-time leaders of a...

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South Korean CO asked: ‘Can I kill?’

Dec 28, 2015 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — When 27-year-old SangMin Lee, a Mennonite conscientious objector from South Korea, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the global Mennonite church community provided support in the form of...

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Sister Care addresses Cubans’ ‘scarcity of hope’

Dec 28, 2015 by

HAVANA, Cuba — Shortly before presenting the first of two Sister Care seminars, Carolyn Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in trauma healing, and Rhoda Keener, Sister Care director for Mennonite Women...

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Frightening light

Dec 24, 2015 by

The “rising sun” came unexpectedly and unobtrusively upon those living in darkness. It was a very small light in a very ordinary place. A baby. Of all things. A baby boy. Which didn’t seem very...

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Bethlehem: beauty and brutality

Dec 23, 2015 by

The Sunday before Advent, I was preaching in Bethlehem. While there, a Palestinian friend I’ve known for nearly 20 years and who shares my appreciation for Orthodox icons gave me the wonderful gifts of a...

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These long Advent nights

Dec 22, 2015 by

And maybe this is what heroism looks like nowadays: occasionally high-profile heroism in public but mostly just painstaking mastery of arcane policy, stubborn perseverance year after year for a cause, empathy...

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We’re due for another Reformation

Dec 21, 2015 by

Every 500 years or so, the church has a giant garage sale, getting rid of the stuff it no longer needs. That’s what author Phyllis Tickle said in 2008 in her book The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is...

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New life from loss

Dec 21, 2015 by

Blackened trusses stand against the sky above the walls of an old church that burned. I often pass the corner where the church has sat since long before I knew the neighborhood’s name, long before I was...

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Old way still applies

Dec 21, 2015 by

Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017 is a major loss, and not just because Lancaster is the denomination’s largest conference. Lancaster...

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EMU administrator knew South Carolina classroom assault officer

Dec 21, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When a person you know well makes a regrettable choice, how do you reconcile what you know about that person with his or her actions? And how do you share what you know about this person...

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Book review: ‘Peace, Progress and the Professor’

Dec 21, 2015 by

Perry Bush’s Peace, Progress and the Professor is technically a biography of Mennonite historian C. Henry Smith. But it’s actually a timely time machine. It transports readers back to the late 19th and...

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The Christ story

Dec 21, 2015 by

Do we really believe Jesus? Many read the Bible about the birth of Jesus and the miracles of his birth and life. The Christ story is going around the world, and many are dying for him, and many are coming to...

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EMM workers help refugees in Germany

Dec 21, 2015 by and

HALLE, Germany — Eastern Mennonite Missions workers here say refugees need Jesus more than clean bedsheets, but they want to give them both. As Germany deals with Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World...

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2015 in review: Drawn together, driven apart

Dec 21, 2015 by and

Unity and division crossed paths in Pennsylvania this summer as Harrisburg hosted the Mennonite World Conference assembly and Lancaster Mennonite Conference moved to leave Mennonite Church USA. Word of...

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Songs that unite us

Dec 21, 2015 by

We sometimes think that we are the church on our own — whether that’s our local congregation, our area conference or our denomination. But every time we pick up our hymnal, it connects us to brothers and...

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Thank you, Apostle Paul

Dec 21, 2015 by

Dear Apostle Paul: I know this comes almost two thousand years late, but I want to thank you for helping carry the gospel to Europe where my ancestors eventually came to know Jesus. Sometimes in your mission...

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