Political ads introduce Trump to the Amish

Jul 25, 2016 by

A political action committee seeking to mobilize the Amish to vote for Donald Trump is running ads in two newspapers that reach Amish communities. Amish PAC ads have appeared in The Budget and Holmes County...

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Sister Care goes to Africa for first time

Jul 25, 2016 by , , , and

KISUMU, Kenya — The first Sister Care seminars in Africa introduced new challenges for co-presenters Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener. Although they have guided about 3,700 women in 15 countries through...

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Let the dead bury the dead

Jul 25, 2016 by

I came to the church meeting distraught by all the negative, hateful messages that had consumed me from following too many political commentaries on social media. Those of us gathered around tables chatted...

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The heart of integrity

Jul 22, 2016 by

John Maxwell is famous for his saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” It’s the belief that however leadership goes, so goes the followers, the organization, the business, or the group. If...

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Christian identity

Jul 21, 2016 by

Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it...

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Under the sky

Jul 20, 2016 by

I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother...

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Where will I stand?

Jul 19, 2016 by

It seems to me that a new line was crossed in recent weeks. First, two public encounters with police were caught on video resulting in two dead African-American men. Then in Dallas, five police officers were...

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Trump in Holmes County

Jul 18, 2016 by

Levi Miller and Daniel Miller note “considerable positive interest” in the candidacy of Donald Trump for president among some Amish and Mennonites in their region of Ohio (“On Not Being Anti-Trump,”...

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Root out violence

Jul 18, 2016 by

Guns don’t kill people, people do. What a crazy argument, and yet with an element of truth. Of course guns don’t kill people. But neither do cars, and yet we regulate them and those who drive them. Guns...

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It’s time for Christmas

Jul 18, 2016 by

At Christmas time we give gifts to people we love and to people we do not know. At Christmas time we stop trying to get even with people who have hurt us and instead we focus on showing kindness, even to...

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Bible: Slaves to sin or righteousness?

Jul 18, 2016 by

One issue Paul confronts in Romans is “boasting” — the inclination to claim a special place in the universe due to one’s religious status. He writes about the people who boast in their relationship...

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Better than a ‘lesser evil’

Jul 18, 2016 by

The nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pose a problem for me as an Anabaptist Christian. Clinton is a war hawk who voted for the war in Iraq and ended two years of relative peace when her State...

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Conference encourages peacemaking, opposes drones

Jul 18, 2016 by

LANSDALE, Pa. — A conference critiquing drone warfare drew about 100 participants to Christopher Dock Mennonite High School June 24-25. “Faithful Witness in a Time of Endless War: Drone Warfare and God’s...

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A turning point

Jul 18, 2016 by

When it comes to turning points in history, a few come to mind for me: The assassination of John F. Kennedy; the first humans on the Moon; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the invention of the Internet; and 9/11....

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Subversive women in Judean hills

Jul 18, 2016 by

Fleeing violence in her native Honduras, Maria made her way through Guate­mala and Mexico to Indiana and our congregation in Elkhart. Now she daily awaits word that a nephew has safely completed the same...

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Encounters with grace and dogma

Jul 18, 2016 by

A few days before Ramadan began I visited London Central mosque. It’s a huge building at the edge of Regent’s Park in the middle of the city. London is a bustling and diverse city with its first Muslim...

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Do-gooder’s dilemma

Jul 18, 2016 by

He usually stands at the bottom of the stairs that reach the street from the elevated train. Sometimes he sings; sometimes his spirits are low. He’s cheerful if he had a chance to sleep in a bed the night...

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Former Church of the Brethren leader takes WCC post

Jul 18, 2016 by and

The former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the United States is taking on a new global role. Stanley Noffsinger became director of the World Council of Churches July 1. The ecumenical body...

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Countdown to the end?

Jul 18, 2016 by

The British vote to withdraw from the European Union set off a scramble to predict the political and economic implications. Biblical prophecy devotees also took notice. It’s become an article of faith among...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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