Yard signs say all neighbors welcome

Dec 27, 2016 by and

Watching an early U.S. presidential primary debate, Matthew Bucher disliked what he heard about refugees and asylum-seekers. As the pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., he thought of a...

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Events to mark Reformation’s 500th anniversary

Dec 27, 2016 by

The Reformation rocked the Western church 500 years ago as successive groups discovered new things about God through Scripture and separated from the Roman Catholic church. The Mennonite World Conference...

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Moabites, bonnets and pleas for help

Dec 27, 2016 by

Millions of people will never pick up a book about Mennonites or enter a Mennonite church. But they will visit thirdway.com to get a glimpse of what Mennonites are about. Erwin and Angela Rempel, who...

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Jesus was born to die, but there’s more to the story

Dec 27, 2016 by

While some lament that Christmas has become increasingly secularized and materialistic, others have posted blogs and Facebook statuses reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas. Recently, Benjamin L....

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Mary’s song: ordained for mercy

Dec 23, 2016 by

This is an edited version of a sermon Isaac Villegas preached Dec. 11 at the ordination service for Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver. Good is the first openly LGBT person ordained in Mennonite...

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The book of Revelation on living in Empire

Dec 22, 2016 by

The book of Revelation does not have a positive reputation these days. For many Christians it is seen as hopelessly complicated and obscure. In my opinion, it is indeed the case that understanding Revelation...

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Hanukkah lights at Christmastime

Dec 21, 2016 by

First there was Jehovah — the creator and grand designer of the universe as we know it. Emanating from God was Judaism, the systems of traditions God wanted his people to embrace. Finally, Jesus came as the...

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Left of center

Dec 19, 2016 by

I think John Powell is a fine man, and my disagreement is in Christian friendliness. It’s ironic that his column is titled “A View from the Center.” He is no more a centrist than Hillary Clinton or...

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Bible: Celebrate creation and Creator

Dec 19, 2016 by

“Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy!” Our texts for the five Sundays in January are psalms. The one theme that holds these five psalms together is praise for some aspect of creation —...

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Violence comes to church’s doorstep in Congo

Dec 19, 2016 by , and

Sunday morning, Dec. 4, soldiers grabbed a Mennonite pastor as he stepped from his house at the headquarters of the Mennonite Church of Congo in Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The pastor, whose name...

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Watson: I’ll take the pat-down

Dec 19, 2016 by

I am slow going through airport security. I tend to hold up the line. Confuse other passengers. Disrupt the TSA agents. That is because I always decline the full-body scanning machines in favor of a pat-down....

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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Embrace the darkness

Dec 19, 2016 by

Hens lose their egg-laying gusto as the days get shorter. Rather than offer a winter respite to her flock, my wife chose brainwashing over relief. Already in October she festooned the chicken run with...

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Opinion: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice

Dec 19, 2016 by and

On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. At Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday,...

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Double standard

Dec 19, 2016 by

Since Dale Welty’s false allegations about Hillary Clinton (Letters & Comments, Dec. 5) likely represent the views of more than one Mennonite, they suggest the need for a collective apology and...

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History: Stones of remembrance

Dec 19, 2016 by

I had my apple strudel and coffee — not to be missed if you’re visiting Innsbruck, Austria — in a café along Maria Theresa Street. I read again the brass plaque marking the 1536 execution of Jacob...

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King: ‘A treaty between your love and mine’

Dec 19, 2016 by

In distress, my daughter who loves the music of Leonard Cohen phoned us just after the U.S. elections. Cohen, she said, was dead. I was reminded of the prior Sunday when Cohen’s just-released “Treaty”...

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Book review: ‘Enchantment and Despair’

Dec 19, 2016 by

The writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. If you can’t make something out of a little experience,...

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Lessons from legacies

Dec 19, 2016 by

Remembering famous people who have died marks a rite of passage from one year to the next. At MWR we follow this tradition too, believing obituaries are among the most important news. This year’s list of...

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Vote with every bite

Dec 19, 2016 by

I hope every individual claiming faith in God and the Bible would agree that God cares not only about the lowliest of people but also the little creatures creating nutrition we depend on. This hits...

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