Colorado investigator will testify in death penalty case

Feb 28, 2018 by

A Colorado woman who refused to testify in a death penalty appeal case has agreed to participate after defense attorneys expressed concern that her refusal hurts, rather than helps, their efforts. She was...

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War will not stop us

Feb 27, 2018 by

Come to me, all you that are weary . . . and I will give you rest. — Matt. 11:28 “I always pray, God, please protect us today.” Rima Absi is speaking about the rocket fire in Damascus, Syria. She is...

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Kraybill: Promised land, with a caveat

Feb 26, 2018 by

Renewed controversy in recent months over the location of Israel’s capital (Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?) takes my imagination to biblical Bethel in the West Bank. At this “thin place” between heaven and...

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Book review: ‘Saving Germany’

Feb 26, 2018 by

Saving Germany: North American Protestants and Christian Mission to West Germany, 1945-1974 is a book about North American Protestant efforts to “save” Germany from social and political chaos and spiritual...

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Bible: Child sacrifice, then and now

Feb 26, 2018 by

Lessons for our spring quarter are titled “Acknowledging God,” a broad theme that includes both familiar and lesser-known texts. The subtitle for our March lessons is “Follow in My Ways,” and includes...

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Longhurst: Lessons from a long-ago conflict

Feb 26, 2018 by

Although I am Canadian, I’m a bit of a U.S. Civil War buff. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by that terrible war — how it started, the military strategies and campaigns, the lives of ordinary...

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Kriss: Our political tension

Feb 26, 2018 by

Mennonites first came to Pennsylvania more than 300 years ago, attracted by American values like freedom of religion and the ability to act according to one’s conscience. An initial act for those early...

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Kennel-Shank: To strive for life

Feb 26, 2018 by

It grieves me when I read or hear about my Christian brothers and sisters for whom abortion is the highest priority in their participation in political life. We slap labels on each other with so little nuance...

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Why did the FBI single out Bethel?

Feb 26, 2018 by

During the Vietnam War era, students and some faculty at Mennonite colleges were involved in protest movements. The FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, saw the student movements as a great national danger. Without...

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Myron Augsburger remembers Billy Graham

Feb 26, 2018 by and

Myron Augsburger admired Billy Graham but didn’t take his advice. It was about 1950 or ’51 when the aspiring Mennonite evangelist first talked to Graham — already well on his way to becoming...

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Religious freedom for all?

Feb 26, 2018 by

Because of our odd religious beliefs — like the conviction that killing is wrong — religious freedom has always been important to Mennonites. Indeed, some believe that Mennonites played a key role in the...

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Churches help Mormons ‘detox from religion’

Feb 26, 2018 by and

From a Bible study group 20 years ago, a five-campus evangelical church has grown in Utah, bringing a Mennonite presence to the heart of Mormon country. South Mountain Community Church is affiliated with the...

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Turn back the clock?

Feb 26, 2018 by

Thank you, Rich Preheim, for a helpful history lesson on Lancaster Mennonite Conference and its relationship to the broader church over the years. Perhaps you unwittingly offered a way to resolve our current...

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Leaders of color call for embracing diversity as a gift

Feb 26, 2018 by , , and

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Nearly 70 pastors, leaders, directors, coordinators, educators, change-makers and others with connections to Mennonite Church USA met Feb. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel for...

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A sinking ship

Feb 26, 2018 by

The Martyrs Mirror picture of Dirk Willems rescuing his pursuer came to mind as I pondered the tragic state of Mennonite Church USA. I saw the church in the position of Dirk’s pursuer, helpless and drowning,...

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Prince of Peace’s troops

Feb 26, 2018 by

President Trump wanted a military parade. Were the troops and the brass eager to strike up a band? “I used to watch them in Bulgaria,” tweeted retired Gen. Michael Hayden, implying a dim view of such...

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Opinion: A time of reckoning for men and masculinity

Feb 26, 2018 by , and

In recent months there has been unprecedented exposure of sexually predatorial men in high places, as well as unprecedented violence perpetrated by solitary men with little or no regard for human life. Whether...

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Join the resistance

Feb 26, 2018 by

Since President Trump took office a year ago, U.S. Christians have been bitterly divided over whether his actions and words are good, bad or even worth being concerned about. Some peace-minded Christians...

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Bluffton University names next president

Feb 23, 2018 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio —  Jane Wood has accepted the call to serve as Bluffton University’s next president, beginning July 1. The board of trustees made the announcement Feb. 23. Wood is vice president of...

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Dear President Trump: Promote peace with North Korea

Feb 23, 2018 by

Honorable President Trump, I write to you because of my deep concern for this great nation and our world. There are many who think that you are primarily motivated by your concern about public image and power....

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