Book review: ‘In Pursuit of Faithfulness’

Aug 29, 2016 by

In 1957 in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, communion was only served when a bishop was present. The bread and cup were reserved for church members who were deemed in good standing. This practice of...

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We come in peace

Feb 1, 2016 by

The book Christian. Muslim. Friend. Twelve Paths to Real Relationship by long-term Mennonite missionary David W. Shenk recently received the Christianity Today best book award in the category of Missions/ The...

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Songs that unite us

Dec 21, 2015 by

We sometimes think that we are the church on our own — whether that’s our local congregation, our area conference or our denomination. But every time we pick up our hymnal, it connects us to brothers and...

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Scandalous miracle

Sep 28, 2015 by

It was a miracle. Jun Yamada, suffering from an aggressive leukemia, was on his death bed. He lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest. The doctors told the family he was unlikely to live more than half...

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Keep the blood flowing

Jul 6, 2015 by

What are we learning from interchurch relations that might help in our intrachurch relations? What are we learning from relationships with Lutherans and Pentecostals that can help us be church together in our...

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A moment of truth

Apr 13, 2015 by

In 1985, black South African theologians released the Kairos Document, a condemnation of Christian support for apartheid policies. In December 2009, Palestinian Christian leaders issued Kairos Palestine. The...

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Seek first the kingdom

Jan 19, 2015 by

Clarence Jordan once reportedly quipped in his typical salty fashion that many Christian preachers will preach the hind legs off of Jesus but rarely pay attention to what Jesus himself preached. Jordan was a...

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Welcoming a new Christian story

Dec 8, 2014 by

The adult Sunday school “homework assignment” was to find out how many immigrant congregations were located in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area. Using the Yellow Pages and a Google search, the class...

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Pope joins evangelicals

Oct 27, 2014 by

“You’re going to talk about tonight for a long time,” Kenneth Copeland told a large crowd of Pentecostal pastors at a conference he hosted in January. Cope­land is a prominent televangelist and...

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Interchurch confessing

Sep 15, 2014 by

What do Mennonites say when Lutherans ask whether we see them as fully part of the body of Christ? The question was posed during informal conversations at the edge of meetings in recent years. The Mennonite...

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Post-Christian culture

Jun 23, 2014 by

For years there was an easy alliance in America between God and country. The Christian church held a privileged place in our culture. As this is breaking down, people who take Jesus and the Bible seriously are...

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To love and resist

Mar 31, 2014 by

This is how I think about the way of the cross. Compassion, curiosity, humility and grace linked with courageous opposition to sin, injustice and evil. Jesus held these things together. That is a rare...

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Peaceful evangelicals

Jan 6, 2014 by

American evangelicals are wrestling with Jesus’ way of peace in new ways. There is evidence of this at Intervarsity Press, Youth With A Mission, Willow Creek Community Church and elsewhere. Various factors...

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