Walking with the ghosts of El Camino

Aug 31, 2016 by

What does it mean to practice solidarity, to become a neighbor, to exchange hospitality? As a white U.S. citizen engaged in immigrant justice work, my reflections on these difficult questions are constantly...

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Theology is great, but what I really need is Jesus

Aug 30, 2016 by

When I was in seminary at Earlham School of Religion, I was able to spend all my time studying and pondering the nature of God, Jesus and the community gathered around him. I considered deep questions of...

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Mennonite Disaster Service seeks volunteers for Louisiana flood

Aug 29, 2016 by

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers have begun the arduous process of mucking out and cleaning up homes in the town of Central, La., resulting from the worst U.S. disaster since Superstorm Sandy in...

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How much cash, real estate and paid staff does it take to produce a follower of Jesus?

Aug 29, 2016 by

“No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him daily in life.” — early Anabaptist Hans Denck Most of us Mennonites operate from the conviction that we should do everything possible to...

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Like the first syllable of ‘shitake’

Aug 29, 2016 by

What would it take to make the Apostle Paul cussing mad? Fellow Jews or Christians maintaining barriers that kept others from full acceptance in the faith community — that would do it. Harsh language about...

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Book review: ‘In Pursuit of Faithfulness’

Aug 29, 2016 by

In 1957 in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, communion was only served when a bishop was present. The bread and cup were reserved for church members who were deemed in good standing. This practice of...

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Opinion: Uniformity is weakness

Aug 29, 2016 by

While living in Botswana, I talked with a friend who wore a medallion identifying him as a member of the Zion Christian Church. Attached to it was a fringe of blue cloth. I asked what that meant. “I do it...

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I confess: I am a pastor

Aug 29, 2016 by

I rarely identify myself as a pastor. Other trades I inhabit — writer, nonprofit administrator, professor — require less explanation. They come with lower expectations and fewer inhibitions. If you meet me...

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Cozy with culture

Aug 29, 2016 by

I appreciated immensely “Under the Sky, We Stumble Along” by Ryan Dueck (Blog, Aug. 1) and his suggestion for the need of “exegeting our own culture.” It made me think of something I read in Exclusion...

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Politically aloof

Aug 29, 2016 by

The Amish have never become involved in politics nor voted, and it’s not likely they will now (“Ads Introduce Trump to the Amish,” Aug. 1). They are aloof from the affairs of government. Newspaper ads...

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Questions for voters

Aug 29, 2016 by

According to a Pew poll through July (“Do Pastors Wield Political Influence?,” Aug. 15), nearly four-fifths of evangelicals planned to vote for Donald Trump in November. I am surprised and concerned....

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Conversations in tension

Aug 29, 2016 by

In the days after the June 12 shooting that took 50 lives at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla., there were myriad news reports about dramatic phone and text conversations between people trapped in the club...

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Virginians put a charge into creation care

Aug 29, 2016 by and

Huntington Mennonite Church in Newport News, Va., is home to four electric car-charging stations, thanks to a member with a passion for creation care who wants to see other congregations take on similar...

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Gay and welcome

Aug 29, 2016 by

The murder of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., is rapidly fading from our thoughts. But for members of the gay community, the massacre represents more than a random terror attack. It was...

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Generous orthodoxy

Aug 29, 2016 by

On his Aug. 11 podcast, journalist Malcolm Gladwell used the concept of “generous orthodoxy” to frame the story of Chester Wenger. It’s a positive approach to faith that is gaining ground among...

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In Philadelphia, Scripture speaks to an urban context

Aug 29, 2016 by and

When he was 15, Juan Marrero, now an Anabaptist pastor in Philadelphia, used a pair of boxing gloves to settle a dispute with a young man who attacked his aunt and broke her ribs. Hand-to-hand fighting isn’t...

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Bible: We won’t weep forever

Aug 29, 2016 by

Isaiah is a prophetic book, and these passages revel in describing what is to come for God’s people, a time when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. Among so many...

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Mennonite Mission Network donation supports racial justice education work

Aug 29, 2016 by and

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Joining other Christian denominations that support the anti­racism goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mennonite Mission Network will give $10,000 to partner with The Voices Project...

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Evangelical decline

Aug 29, 2016 by

Living so close to the United States, it is impossible for Canadians not to be inundated by U.S. news — and often impacted by it, too. As one of our former prime ministers put it, it’s like sleeping with...

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Goshen president to resign at end of school year

Aug 23, 2016 by

GOSHEN, Indiana — James E. Brenneman announced on Aug. 17 that he will step down from his role as the 16th president of Goshen College at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding 11 and a half years...

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