Syrian refugees and the Israelite exodus

Jan 29, 2016 by

An interesting story about some Syrian refugees in Toronto has been making the rounds, discussing how many are beginning to feel hopeless stuck in their hotels waiting to be processed. The article specifically...

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Change in the church

Jan 28, 2016 by

Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. I wish there was an emoticon for anxiety to accompany my thoughts on change. I think that the...

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Schrag led MWR’s unity-building ministry

Jan 27, 2016 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Robert M. Schrag, editor of Mennonite Weekly Review for 27 years during a half-century career with the newspaper, died Jan. 26 at his home. He was 81. From 1960 to 2011, Schrag helped to shape...

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Get creative with Lent

Jan 27, 2016 by

Lent is only a few weeks away and many of us are already thinking about what we will give up for the season. Once only practiced by catholic and liturgical churches, Lent is now popular among churches of all...

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Love urged for Muslim neighbors

Jan 26, 2016 by and

MORTON, Ill. — About 60 people gathered Jan. 24 at First Mennonite Church to learn about their Muslim neighbors from Eastern Mennonite Missions Christian/Muslim relations consultant Jona­than Bornman of...

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Lancaster’s distancing shrinks roll

Jan 26, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA membership has decreased about 17 percent over the past year, and a large part of the drop is due to updated reporting of Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregational involvement in the...

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Kratz reflects on long road to the top of his game

Jan 26, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of...

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The faith of Syrian Christians

Jan 26, 2016 by

How long, O God? Will you forget me forever? — Psalm 13:1 A few days ago, I arrived in Lebanon from where MCC staff work with a dozen partner groups in Lebanon and Syria. It has been several years since...

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Whom will you serve?

Jan 22, 2016 by

“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are...

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Abram — a better grace story

Jan 21, 2016 by

One of the heroes of the Christian faith (heck, he’s a hero for Christians, Jews and Muslims, let’s be honest) was Abram. Because I can’t speak as a Jew or Muslim, I can only go from a Christian...

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The triumph of Light

Jan 20, 2016 by

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:5 For as long as I can recall, my favorite part of Christmas has been the Christmas Eve service. Growing up, I remember...

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Losing and finding what matters most

Jan 19, 2016 by

Last summer, on a sticky, oppressively hot Wednesday afternoon in New York City, I lost my fourteen year-old son. My son isn’t easy to lose — he’s 6’5 and nearly 200 pounds — so this will probably...

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What would MLK do?

Jan 18, 2016 by

It isn’t just on MLK Day that we watch it unfold. It happens with national race incidents. It happens in heated conversations. It happens in tweets and Facebook comments. If you are someone who regularly...

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Mysteriously upheld

Jan 18, 2016 by

Experiencing the known world as falling apart is no new thing. That’s what reading Dead Wake, in which Erik Larson tells of the German sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania and how this drew the U.S....

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Polarizing fallout

Jan 18, 2016 by

Kyle Hinckley made a stir in the video-game world by successfully completing the hardest mode of Fallout 4 with zero kills. In this popular series of video games set in a post-apocalyptic United States, gamers...

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Mentor to generations

Jan 18, 2016 by

Not many historians have the opportunity to mentor four generations of students and colleagues. My dear friend Robert Kreider (“Kreider a Uniter Who Made History,” Jan. 4), whose influence as a church...

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Bible: That’s your first miracle?

Jan 18, 2016 by

It’s no small thing to choose a first miracle. After all, this will be your public introduction, the image that will travel with your name as word of you gets out. Pundits and commentators will pick it apart...

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Make the case

Jan 18, 2016 by

Brian Stucky (Letters & Comments, Dec. 21) notes the traditionalist complaint that the biblical case for same-sex marriage has not yet been made. In a positive spirit of wanting us to not continue...

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An old dog learns

Jan 18, 2016 by

A great deal of my pastoral time is spent dreaming. Last week I sat at my desk, dreaming about what the congregation could look like in five years or 10 years. When I thought about what sort of leadership they...

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More drawn to sharing cost of health care

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Health-care sharing has become an attractive option for many people since the Affordable Care Act came into effect in the U.S., but it’s an arrangement many conservative Anabaptists have had long...

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