MCC supports children during Ethiopian drought

Jul 18, 2016 by and

ADAMA, Ethiopia — It’s time for lunch at Remember the Poorest Community School, about 60 miles south of Addis Ababa. Students are digging into the pasta and buns on their plates. For some of these...

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Book review: ‘To and From Nowhere’

Jul 18, 2016 by

This refugee tale is an imaginative work of biography, dedicated to “the disenfranchised and deported everywhere.” Based on the life story of Greta Enns (1902-1985), it is a timely contribution as...

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Different assignments

Jul 18, 2016 by

In the offices of Mennonite Church USA in Elkhart, Ind., there is an artwork of pieces of pottery arranged on a flat surface. On its own, not one of these pieces is extraordinarily remarkable, but standing...

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‘O my Lord, what shall I do?’

Jul 14, 2016 by

According to church researcher Ed Stetzer, more than 40 percent of Americans say they go to church weekly, however, it turns out that less than 20 percent of them are actually in church. That means that more...

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Evana broadens confessional choices at first convention

Jul 13, 2016 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — The Evana Network is growing and taking steps to welcome members from other Anabaptist denominations besides Mennonite Church USA. Evana’s first convention, ReGen 2016, drew 257 people —...

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Noah’s ark replica ready for a flood of visitors

Jul 13, 2016 by and

United by a vision to portray a vivid biblical story, Anabaptist architects, engineers, craftsmen and carpenters from many communities played a key role in the Ark Encounter project, which opened July 7 near...

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Wake up for racial justice

Jul 13, 2016 by

Hear this, O elders, give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your ancestors? Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their...

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What kind of ark should we build?

Jul 7, 2016 by

“God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.” — Genesis 6:11 NLT According to the Biblical account in Genesis, it took Noah 120 years to build the original ark, one...

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Humble, extraordinary pastor

Jul 6, 2016 by

Our MYF was meeting on a Wednesday night at the church for games and Bible study. We were a lively and precocious bunch of 20 teenagers, often running our own program without the input of adult sponsors. As...

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When love is needed most

Jul 5, 2016 by

I was talking recently with a friend about the upcoming Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon that I plan to attend. Like many denominations, ours is wrestling with some familiar trends (aging,...

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Book review: ‘Horse-and-Buggy Genius’

Jul 4, 2016 by

Royden Loewen’s new book examines how Old Colony and Old Order Mennonites try to maintain religious and cultural changelessness in a world that celebrates change. But Horse-and-Buggy Genius also provides a...

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Opinion: Faith-inspired, culture-bound

Jul 4, 2016 by

We Mennonites often worry about compromises we make with secular culture. But just as often we are unaware of, or choose to ignore, the compromises we make by adhering to our religious cultures. Openness to...

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Satire news site pokes fun at Mennonite quirks

Jul 4, 2016 by and

The headlines seem too preposterous to be true: “Donald Trump proposes gigantic wall to keep out the Mennonites.” “New policy seen as ‘attack’ on traditional Mennonite...

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Madison, Max and angels unaware

Jul 4, 2016 by

This is the story of how Cockatiel Max and Shih Tzu Madison enhanced the well-being of the church. My oversight caused it, but I later wondered if a larger oversight was also in play. For months Manuel, as...

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Still hoping, trusting

Jul 4, 2016 by

Early in my teen years, I asked myself if I really wanted to belong to the Mennonite church or if I was doing it out of family habit. But during my freshman year of high school, as the U.S. charged toward an...

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Thoughts and prayers

Jul 4, 2016 by

Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims and their loved ones after the horrific shooting that took place June 12 at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Thoughts and prayers. That should do it. What,...

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California bill could eliminate FPU religious exemption

Jul 4, 2016 by and

Fresno Pacific University President Richard Kriegbaum has called on alumni and supporters to contact their state political representatives in support of FPU’s religious freedom. In late May, the California...

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Scandal of nationalism

Jul 4, 2016 by

I remember it well, because the question was transformative. I was a first-year student at Hesston College, in the library studying to teach a lesson on eschatology to a junior high Bible study at Hess­ton...

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Felons or families?

Jul 4, 2016 by

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced...

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Free to believe

Jul 4, 2016 by

The most famous conscientious objector during the Vietnam War was a fighter. Muhammad Ali fought with his fists to earn the title of “the greatest.” More important, he fought for his beliefs. “My...

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