Church splits will never resolve the traditionalist, progressive divide

Feb 20, 2015 by

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit . . . until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God . . . ” —...

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A deadly sin Mennonites seldom talk about

Jan 26, 2015 by

It may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! ....

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On the 12th day Of Christmas

Jan 5, 2015 by

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. — Paul, Acts 17:24 It’s almost impossible to think of congregations...

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A strange kind of manger power

Dec 23, 2014 by

The Christmas story in Luke’s gospel begins by naming the head of the major super power of the day, the Roman empire’s Caesar Augustus. He issues a decree that “all the world should be taxed”...

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We need help discerning what are disputable matters

Nov 21, 2014 by

My church, Mennonite Church USA, like many denominations, is in a state of crisis over an issue I never thought would become a subject of dispute in my lifetime, the question of whether congregations can...

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What a 10-year-old’s devotion to OK Go can teach us about worship

Nov 3, 2014 by

Something very special happened last week to Martin Vlasits of Austin, Texas, 10-year-old grandson of our good friends Guy and Margie Vlasits. His parents, Jen and Stacy, took him to hear his favorite music...

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Beheadings by religious fundamentalists are not new

Oct 14, 2014 by

My wife’s ancestor Hans Landis, one of the last known Anabaptists martyrs in western Europe, was executed in the year 1614, just 400 years ago. Landis was one of thousands who were martyred for...

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What would Jesus earn?

Sep 11, 2014 by

In her August 2014 Sojourners article “The Rich Get Richer,” Julie Polter notes that “95  percent of all economic gains in the U.S. since the Great Recession went to the top 1 percent,” and asks,...

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Remembering my Amish baptism

Jul 11, 2014 by

I was baptized at the above Stuarts Draft, Va., Amish meetinghouse on a warm Sunday morning in June, 1954 — 60 years ago. At just under 15, I was the youngest member of a baptismal class of about a...

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I’m weary of blessing same-faith divorces

Jun 4, 2014 by

You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation. . . . Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay...

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Believer’s baptism: Registering for the missionary draft

May 1, 2014 by

Those of us who favor believer’s or adult baptism over infant baptism haven’t always agreed on what stage in life a child should take this important step. Should it be at whatever age he or she...

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The King who brings an end to killing

Apr 22, 2014 by

He suffered the things we should have suffered. He took on himself the pain that should have been ours. But we thought God was punishing him. We thought God was wounding him and making him suffer.  But the...

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Do Old Order groups follow culture over Christ?

Feb 17, 2014 by

Jesus once told this (very paraphrased!) parable to modern day Mennonites: Two believers went to church to pray, one a modern Mennonite evangelical and the other a member of an Old Order group. The...

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