Sorrow and comfort in Hesston after shootings

Feb 29, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite congregations and the wider community turned to God and each other for comfort and healing Feb. 28. They gathered on Sunday morning and at an evening community worship service three...

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3 reasons I’m not an atheist

Feb 29, 2016 by

The following are some points that I have picked up through conversations with many atheists in both Europe and Canada. That being said, I am not an atheist myself and therefore realize that my thoughts are...

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Seek the common good

Feb 29, 2016 by

Every February, the president releases his budget request. The request for 2017 is $4.1 trillion. Budgets reflect our values as a nation, and the U.S. likes to think of itself as the world’s most generous...

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MC USA youth ministry group digs into Anabaptism

Feb 29, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Youth Ministry Council worked to make implicit Anabaptist values more explicit Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Forty-two youth workers attended “The Gathering” to network,...

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Return to the past?

Feb 29, 2016 by

Recent letters in MWR call for authority and accountability in the church while bemoaning the advocacy of beliefs and behaviors previously seen as sin. A look at the 1950s may shed some light on such calls:...

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Opinion: Whom to thank for hope?

Feb 29, 2016 by

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with President Obama and members of Congress in February, seeking further support and funding for his country. He says that 15 years ago Colombia was almost a failed...

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Trying silence

Feb 29, 2016 by

Lent is a season for followers of Jesus to seek spiritual renewal, each in our own way. For some of us, renewal may involve abstaining from something. Or replacing something. Or adding something. In the United...

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Suit accuses Holdeman church of not reporting sexual abuse

Feb 29, 2016 by and

An Idaho man has brought a lawsuit against the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, alleging a culture of excommunication and quick forgiveness allows sexual abusers to avoid the court system. Clayton Peaster...

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Tragic reminder

Feb 29, 2016 by

“Children are the living letters we send into a time we will never see.” This quote describes an adult’s sacred duty to care for a child. It is cited in Circle of Grace, a sexual-abuse prevention...

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Bible: No miracles without us

Feb 29, 2016 by

The common thread in these two passages is whether God is able. In Mark 9, it is whether Jesus is able to heal. In Mark 10, it is whether God is able to help someone give up everything for the sake of the...

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The conference that sought its own end

Feb 29, 2016 by

Rare is the organization that exists with an eye to its own termination. Yet that’s a big part of the story of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren, a small but energetic denomination that was “ready to unite...

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Being prepared

Feb 29, 2016 by

In “How One Church Faced a Gun Threat” (Blog, Feb. 1), both Pastor Larry Wright and writer Chuck McKnight show their lack of understanding of training and people trained in self-defense. There are at least...

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Leave vengeance to God

Feb 29, 2016 by

Writer and director Scott Derrickson recently posted on Twitter: “I believe that in future history the revenge ethic will be seen as the great cinematic signature of American mental [and] spiritual...

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As rural life changes, a church lets go of the past

Feb 29, 2016 by and

In its heyday, First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., saw between 400 and 500 people fill its pews and balcony on a Sunday morning. Built in 1955-56, it was the home of a General Conference Mennonite...

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Dressing for the role

Feb 29, 2016 by

When I signed my first pastoral contract and began trading my Atlanta wardrobe for suburban Chicago, I took a long look in my closet and asked myself: Am I willing to give up skinny jeans? I don’t think...

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Book review: ‘Discovering Forgiveness’

Feb 29, 2016 by

Forgiveness is complicated. It is “an emerging, circular, interactive, complex process,” writes Larry A. Dunn in Discovering Forgiveness: Pathways Through Injury, Apology and Healing. Even if you feel...

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Pacifist video games?

Feb 26, 2016 by

I just now came across a fascinating story from back in December about Kyle Hinckley, who managed to beat the game Fallout 4 without killing a single person. Well, not really. He managed to avoid directly...

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4 dead in shootings at Hesston, Kan., business

Feb 26, 2016 by and

This story has been updated with additional details. Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a series of shootings Feb. 25 in Newton and Hesston, Kan., that culminated at a Mennonite-owned...

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In support of children’s violent play

Feb 25, 2016 by

“This is a bad girl, and this fairy is killing her with a sword,” my daughter explains about the picture she has drawn. “Oh,” I remark. “That’s interesting.” “I’m going to pick up a stick and...

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Faces with stories

Feb 24, 2016 by

I dropped in on our local English training center for newcomers to Canada today. It wasn’t a planned visit, but I was having a conversation at a downtown coffee shop about how the Syrian families we...

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