Kenyans equipped for relations with Muslims

May 31, 2016 by and

Waiting for a taxi at a tea shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jona­than Bornman asked a young Somali refugee if he had any prayer needs. The man replied, “I want to go to paradise.” Bornman responded, “I am a...

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Trump PAC reaches out to Amish voters

May 31, 2016 by and

Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? A new political action committee is betting $41,000 they will. Called Amish PAC,...

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An uneasy peace with Memorial Day

May 31, 2016 by

Being steeped in Anabaptism yet greatly appreciative of the liberties secured by the sacrifice of blood and treasure by millions of citizens over many years, I feel mental dissonance about Memorial...

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What’s missing in church — discipleship

May 27, 2016 by

According to missional leader Mike Breen, a disciple is someone who is learning to have the character and the competency of Jesus. It’s about faithfulness and fruit. Or as Dallas Willard once described it:...

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5 tips for paying attention to your life

May 26, 2016 by

What does it mean to pay attention to your life? I am contemplating that question as I sit in my quiet place listening to the birds sing and watching the mountains glow in the early morning light. Paying...

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Matthew 18 doesn’t always apply

May 24, 2016 by

It’s true — I’ve publicly and strongly disagreed with some well-known Christian leaders. It’s also true that some of them have very publicly disagreed with me. In those exchanges, however, I will...

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MC USA board member resigns after same-sex wedding

May 23, 2016 by and

A member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has resigned after officiating a same-sex wedding May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended Isaac Villegas’ credentials on May...

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Brethren in Christ in Cuba grow as restrictions relax

May 23, 2016 by and

Anabaptism is on the rise in Cuba. A Breth­ren in Christ presence is growing among a people who in recent years are experiencing newfound freedoms. Constain Carrillo, BIC U.S. regional coordinator for the...

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Soul after death

May 23, 2016 by

Regarding “Christian Philosopher Mixes Theology, Science in AMBS Lectures” (April 25): What were the responses of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary folks to the lecturer, Nancey Murphy?...

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Memorial Day for a martyr

May 23, 2016 by

Jose Chuquin came to faith as a student at a Mennonite school at Cachipay, Colombia. As an adult, that faith became his vocation, serving 11 years as director of the relief agency World Vision’s operations...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

May 23, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Where faith belongs

May 23, 2016 by

The field of candidates for the U.S. presidency has narrowed to the point where many followers of Jesus despair over the choices. Every election brings some disappointment, but this year, both of the dominant...

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ISIS the stuff of fears

May 23, 2016 by

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems...

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Group steps up an effort to discredit oppressive doctrine

May 23, 2016 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A coalition of people from across Mennonite Church USA is working to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The DoD is a 15th-century philosophical framework that gives “Christian...

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Bible: From corruption to reform

May 23, 2016 by

The prophet Zephaniah ministered in Judah about two generations after Isaiah and Micah. He may have been a direct descendant of King Hezekiah (1:1). However, by his time, Judah’s leaders had long forgotten...

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Hesston College appoints interim president

May 23, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Benjamin E. Sprunger will serve as interim president of Hesston College starting Aug. 1. A longtime higher education faculty member and administrator, Sprunger has been active in leadership...

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Book review: ‘Lord Willing?’

May 23, 2016 by

People who have experienced devastating loss, like the death of a child or a terminal diagnosis, are familiar with the Christian clichés offered with loving intent but that do little to assuage their...

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What makes our faith different from others?

May 23, 2016 by

It’s not often that a television show puts faith and religion front and center, but that’s what Hulu’s The Path has done — albeit with a few twists. The series follows the members of a fictional cult,...

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Sanders says it

May 23, 2016 by

Two months ago at Sent, the Anabaptist church-planting conference, I spoke with some young church plant­ers about what brings millennials to church. “May­be we should be more like Bernie Sanders,” I...

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Can war be just?

May 23, 2016 by

The just-war theory is both bad and good. This is not a contradiction. For nonresistant Christians, it is bad. Pacifism is a way of life, not a case-by-case call. For nonpacifists, the principles for judging...

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