Eat our way to joy

Jun 30, 2017 by

Joy strikes out of the blue nothingness. You can’t expect it or manufacture it or capture it. For Christians, the completeness of our joy comes from Jesus. After he taught on his abiding in us and our...

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Losing the vision

Jun 29, 2017 by

In 1944, Harold S. Bender’s “Anabaptist Vision” was embraced by many as a breakthrough in defining our identity. However, in the last 50 years, that vision seems to have been abandoned. The vision today...

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Ecumenical comforters

Jun 29, 2017 by

I am a Mennonite at heart, but as there is no Mennonite church in our town I have been a member of a Christian Reformed church for 29 years. When I read in MWR about comforters being sent to Mennonite Central...

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Support for resolution

Jun 29, 2017 by

We are writing to express our support for the resolution, “Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine,” being considered July 6 at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando, Fla. We participated in April 2016 on...

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The problem — and pressure — with wanting a king

Jun 29, 2017 by

It doesn’t matter how old we are; we feel the pressure of peers. It happened to the Israelites, and it happens to us. It’s our natural bent to look about us and see what others are doing. We watch not only...

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The future (Mennonite) church

Jun 28, 2017 by

I’ve been told to come to the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit with a smile, ready to make new friends. And I will. I basically smile all the time anyway; that’s just how my face looks. Honestly,...

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How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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Distance no obstacle for Central District’s growth

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Central District Conference’s geographical range may continue to expand as congregations prioritize polity over geography in realignment. Three congregations seeking to transfer from other Mennonite Church...

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U.N. investigation could shed light on Congo deaths

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Three months after their son Michael J. Sharp was killed while leading a United Nations investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, parents John and Michele Miller Sharp continue his efforts seeking...

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MC USA board suspends appointment of gay member on committee

Jun 26, 2017 by and

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has suspended its appointment of a Seattle man to a churchwide committee after learning he is in a same-sex marriage. “Board members acknowledged some missteps in the...

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Bearing witness to the state

Jun 26, 2017 by

There is a certain strand of Anabaptist two-kingdom theology that says church and state should be so entirely separate that the church has nothing to say to the state. The church, according to this view, has...

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Gelassenheit: A spiritual journey

Jun 23, 2017 by

My brother-in-law recently showed some footage of a family gathering in Switzerland many years ago. In the video, I was on a reclining lawn chair, trying to be oblivious to what was going on around me. My two...

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Where did we get vacation Bible school?

Jun 22, 2017 by

If your church is anything like mine, it’s currently hosting hundreds of children for vacation Bible school: a week-long program of Bible stories, worship, missions projects, crafts and games. And if...

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Binding and blinding

Jun 21, 2017 by

Back in February, I remarked that Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind should be required reading for all who spend time on social media, particularly those who like to go to war over ideas. I said that this...

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Unseen logic

Jun 20, 2017 by

Several years ago, my life group decided to each pick a one-word theme for our year instead of a list of New Year’s resolutions. Never having been someone to make New Year’s resolutions, I liked the...

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Hardship and hope

Jun 19, 2017 by

Having been away for some weeks, I read through several issues of MWR at one sitting. You report on hard things, like Mennonites fleeing their homes in Congo and our internal conflicts, but hope and...

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Kingdom Fellowship Weekend seeks ‘pilgrim church’

Jun 19, 2017 by and

A gathering of 20 young adults for Bible study, prayer and fellowship 13 years ago has grown into an annual event that draws about 1,000 people from conservative Anabaptist congregations and others interested...

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Bible: Life begins at 80?

Jun 19, 2017 by

A friend said he always wished he could have a burning bush experience. Instead, most of us spend years wondering what God might be calling us to do. We might sense God’s call to this or that profession or...

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Christ’s ultimatum

Jun 19, 2017 by

For several decades Mennonites have spent an enormous amount of energy and resources deciding the best way to organize. Has it brought us to a better end? My sense is we are more divided than ever. Is all this...

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Is a God who loves enough?

Jun 19, 2017 by

“I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians...

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