Showalter: Thailand testimonies

Oct 24, 2016 by

Thailand has Anabaptist Christians of many stripes. In Western terms, there are churches related to Mennonite Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Church Canada, Lancaster Conference, Virginia Conference,...

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What Christians can learn from Standing Rock

Oct 20, 2016 by

If the Old Testament prophet Isaiah lived in northern New Mexico in 1970 when the indigenous people of Taos Pueblo succeeded in their 60-year struggle to reclaim their sacred Blue Lake from the U.S....

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After first ‘peer review,’ Mennonite Church USA leaders question its value

Oct 19, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The licensing of an Ohio pastor who is gay has gone through Mennonite Church USA’s first “peer review.” Whether others will be done is an open question. More than 60 members of the...

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What you might not know about Menno Simons

Oct 19, 2016 by

I recently finished reading The Complete Writings of Menno Simons and thought it might be interesting to list some of the ways Menno Simons might raise some eyebrows… If you can think of any I missed, I...

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Bethel president to leave at conclusion of academic year

Oct 18, 2016 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College President Perry D. White announced plans on Oct. 18 to step down at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding seven years of service to the college. “I...

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On Election Day, allegiance to Jesus

Oct 17, 2016 by and

On Nov. 8, churches across the U.S. will participate in Election Day Communion, a national movement to unite Christians of all denominations, despite political differences. “The practice of communion is an...

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Conference seeks faith formation for all ages

Oct 17, 2016 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Do Christians have the resources to pass on their faith to their children? The Deep Faith conference was organized to help promote faith formation for all ages. More than 100 people from...

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Commentary: Native voices still strong

Oct 17, 2016 by and

CLINTON, Okla. — On Oct. 8, mainstream communities in the U.S. were preparing to usher in Columbus Day, a noncelebration for Native people. In North Dakota, the Standing Rock standoff continued on the land...

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Civil rights and leadership

Oct 17, 2016 by

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. I oversee a ministry with programs, staff and board members in five states. Keeping everyone one the same page while providing the space to...

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Impositions and invitations

Oct 14, 2016 by

“Hey, pastor, what do you have to say about this graffiti? What do you think it means?” The question came from the teenage son of our German friends as we were walking around the old town of Rethymnon on a...

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Right or Left — it’s still empire

Oct 13, 2016 by

The tragic decisions of American Christianity to align itself with a political party has now landed in a pool of manure with a plop. You may be thinking of the Christian Right, and you’d be right. You may be...

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To vote or not to vote?

Oct 12, 2016 by

I have never voted in an election. Not because I don’t care about my country. I care very much. I love this country where I live. I love its beauty; love the broad sweep of its land, the diversity of its...

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Making a case for ‘The Message’

Oct 11, 2016 by

Two months ago, I decided to do something radical: I began using Eugene Peterson’s The Message as the basis for my daily devotionals. At first I referred to this practice as “my daily dose of heresy” in...

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Armless Archer inspires

Oct 10, 2016 by and

Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-class athlete. Stutzman, of Fairfield, Iowa, returned home in September from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de...

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Kennel-Shank: Limits that free us for delight

Oct 10, 2016 by

Each week we receive an incredible gift, and yet so many of us leave it there, still in its wrapping paper and bow. Or we open it a little bit but then put it back in the box and set it in a corner to collect...

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Longhurst: What’s ‘povology’?

Oct 10, 2016 by

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. Psychology is the study of behavior and the mind. Theology is the study of the nature of God. Povology is — well, just what...

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Book review: ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’

Oct 10, 2016 by

What are the roles of language in forming and maintaining religious identity? This fascinating volume explores Pennsylvania Dutch, a language that, nowadays, is “neither explicitly taught nor read nor...

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What comes next?

Oct 10, 2016 by

Cooling temperatures and autumnal scenes signal the home stretch of election season for Americans. By now, most are weary of the fear, tribalism and vitriol associated with the presidential campaign. The...

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We’re never ‘naked’

Oct 10, 2016 by

Rachel Stella wrote a good article (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12), and Joe Miller’s quest for a baggageless faith would be shared by many modern Mennonites. Still, the idea of a...

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Kraybill: The two Joshuas of Jericho

Oct 10, 2016 by

Anyone who grieves the loss of life through war in Syria today might also lament the slaughter that took place more than 3,000 years ago at Jericho when Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Canaan....

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