Is Christianity too focused on the end times?

Feb 23, 2016 by

In 2012 I was 11 years old and in grade 6. My teacher (we’ll call her Mrs. Rose), a lovely lady and deeply devout in her faith, made an outrageous claim that showed pure ignorance. She suggested that we were...

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Claiborne: Make holy mischief

Feb 22, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — For today’s Good Samaritans, lifting the wounded traveler out of the ditch is not enough, Shane Claiborne believes. They also need to fix the road. “We’re all called to be the Good...

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Arizona church builds, not just for itself

Feb 22, 2016 by and

PHOENIX — When Copper Hills Church dedicated its new facility Jan. 10, it marked a significant step in meeting needs of both the congregation and the community. The congregation, the first to be planted in...

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First Anabaptist conference held in South Korea

Feb 22, 2016 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is home to one of the most creative and dynamic expressions of contemporary Anabaptism in the world, with potential for explosive growth. On Jan. 30, nearly 100 people...

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Are we hungry for more?

Feb 22, 2016 by

I have never really been hungry, at least not by necessity. I occasionally fast a meal (a little more frequently during this season of Lent), and like so many in our society go on a spring diet to try and lose...

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Is religion dying?

Feb 19, 2016 by

If you listen to the media you will hear that religion is dying, and in some ways the emergent movement was an attempt to say “we are the future because the present will die off.” At work in some themes...

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Temptations of ego and fear

Feb 18, 2016 by

“Turn these stones to bread.” “Worship me to gain power over the kingdoms of this world.” “Fall from the pinnacle so we can all watch the angels swoop in and rescue you.” These are the temptations...

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The place of the cross

Feb 17, 2016 by

A couple of weeks ago the Rainbow Mennonite Church choir sang these words prior to our monthly communion service: “Here are symbols to remind us of our lifelong need of grace; here are table, font and...

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MC USA board clarifies meaning of forbearance

Feb 16, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board sought to clarify the meaning of forbearance while focusing on the future at its Feb. 11-13 meeting. Other actions included rejection of a proposal asking...

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Loving God with all our possessions

Feb 16, 2016 by

One of our lectionary texts Sunday (on Valentine’s Day, no less) was the Deuteronomy passage on the giving of firstfruit offerings and of tithes. In our study at house church, we found in it a sharp...

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Time to turn off the news?

Feb 15, 2016 by

One of my favorite morning rituals is sitting down with breakfast and opening up the newspaper. I understand there aren’t many in my generation that still read the news in print, but for me it’s a...

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Bible: No need to wait to wipe the slate clean

Feb 15, 2016 by

Growing up, the first day of school was the most sacred day on my annual calendar. Whatever regrets, whatever mistakes had marked the previous year were suddenly rendered gloriously irrelevant...

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Freed from madness

Feb 15, 2016 by

Imagine a violent tormented sociopath transforming into a person in their right mind. Imagine pigs running and drowning in the sea. Some stories are just too strange. Certain stories ask us to wrestle with...

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Willful violation

Feb 15, 2016 by

Randy Kraybill (Letters & Comments, Jan. 18) has hit the nail on the head. There can be no dialogue if people do not uphold the authority of Scripture — all of it. Otherwise there is no basis for...

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Accessible education is a faith and justice issue

Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had several conversations questioning the validity of the quote, “Now we are faced with an onslaught of potential annihilation,” in my March 16, 2015, column. People primarily focused on gun...

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Ties that passionately bind

Feb 15, 2016 by

The group studied its holy texts, grew incensed with a corrupt and wayward government, armed itself and took control of an institution it was convinced rightfully belonged to them. They felt they were simply...

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Lockdown puts new twist on Bethel prison theater

Feb 15, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — When professor of communication arts John McCabe-Juhnke put his former “pilot project” into Bethel College’s interterm curriculum, he knew his students would learn things that...

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The unity Jesus meant

Feb 15, 2016 by

Few scriptures have been so frequently quoted in recent years by North American Anabaptists as the prayer of Jesus “that they may all be one” (John 17:21). Especially in times of severe disagreement, we...

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Book review: ‘Gather Around the Amish Table’

Feb 15, 2016 by

What other than an Amish-Mennonite cookbook describes how to feed 180 hungry men at a barn-raising, with a feast that includes 50 pounds of white potatoes, 20 plump chickens, 300 yeast rolls and 120 shoo-fly...

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Goshen professor tells story of the church taking root in Spanish world

Feb 15, 2016 by and

Almost a century ago, Mennonite missionaries T.K. Hershey and J.W. Shank undertook a dangerous 27-day sea journey during World War I with their families, facing the threat of submarines and floating mines from...

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