The people we admire

May 30, 2017 by

I was in Germany last week visiting friends and celebrating my brother’s completion of his PhD. I consequently spent a lot of time on trains and planes and had ample time for looking out of windows and...

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Tanzanian bishops dream big

May 29, 2017 by and

ARUSHA, Tanzania — New bishops have big dreams for the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Among other ambitious goals, the bishops have a strategic plan to share the gospel with a million people by 2034, the...

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Congo Mennonites suffer ‘major wounds’

May 29, 2017 by , and

The Mennonite Church of Congo has sustained “major wounds” to its people and infrastructure, said Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, the church president. Komuesa was reporting on the annual administrative council...

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Jesus is ascended, not absent

May 25, 2017 by

Ascension Day. It’s the most obscure of all the major holy days on the Christian calendar. Coming 40 days after Easter, it commemorates the Ascension of Christ. The Christian calendar is designed to tell the...

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Goshen College announces candidate of choice for president

May 24, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Presidential Search Committee announced alumna Rebecca Stoltzfus as its candidate of choice to become the college’s 18th president during an all-campus gathering May...

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Are we practical atheists?

May 24, 2017 by

There are people who say they don’t believe in God. In our own moments of faith and confidence, we look at them wonderingly and think they must be crazy deluded, or else they’re lying to us. Because God is...

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How to pray for your enemies

May 23, 2017 by

What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who...

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Do you want to be made whole?

May 22, 2017 by

There are reasons why we are not whole. Sometimes the fault is not our own; sometimes our un-wholeness is a result of the choices of others. Sometimes we are dealt illness that cannot be cured; we are captive...

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Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service leads to baptism

May 22, 2017 by and

Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service led to a personal experience of resurrection, symbolized by baptism on Good Friday, for Kory Jones. At the time of his April 14 baptism, Jones was an MDS volunteer. He...

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Bible: The weak made mighty

May 22, 2017 by

My wife, Gloria, tells about the time her mother used the story of Jael, Sisera and the fatal tent peg for the children’s story in church. Parents were aghast, but she just said, “It’s in the...

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Kehrberg: Means, ends and baking pies

May 22, 2017 by

As we walk through the world, even along the dangerous paths we have chosen for ourselves, God worries about where we put our feet. — Tony Earley Each year my church has a smoked chicken dinner and bake sale...

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Conrad Grebel names business leader new president

May 22, 2017 by

WATERLOO, Ont. — Marcus Shantz will become Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president Oct. 1. The Board of Governors cited Shantz’s leadership skills, contributions to local business and arts...

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Science of creation

May 22, 2017 by

Burton Yost (Letters & Comments, April 24) appears to suggest the biblical creation narrative is not supported by science and therefore we must validate its truth elsewhere. He also suggests evolutionary...

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Book review: ‘Smart Compassion’

May 22, 2017 by

How radical should radical hospitality get? If you are open to having foster children in your home, is one enough, or should you have two or four or maybe eight? At what point do you set a boundary? A foster...

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Showalter: Tanzanians’ audacious goal

May 22, 2017 by

It is exciting to witness how Anabaptist churches of the Global South are pursuing their goals. Tanzanian Mennonites may be the most ambitious of all. The Tanzanian Mennonite Church — in Swahili, Kanisa la...

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Anabaptism in bloom

May 22, 2017 by

Five hundred years after the first, a second Reformation is transforming the face of Christianity. This time the revolution is happening in the Global South. As historic centers of power decline in Europe and...

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Gospel on forbidden radio

May 22, 2017 by and

Evangelical radio broadcasts helped Henry and Tina Rede­kopp understand the gospel. Now the couple are doing the same for others, operating a Low German radio station, De Stemm (The Voice), for the 3,700 Old...

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Powell: Why I sing gospel

May 22, 2017 by

It’s hard to keep focused on God’s preferred future when marginalized communities are attacked and deprived of justice. People use different coping mechanisms to deal with it. Some let anger, resentment...

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Patience, prayer, power

May 22, 2017 by

The weeks following Jesus’ resurrection must have been an exciting time of transition for his followers. “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them...

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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

May 22, 2017 by

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the...

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