Bearing a light yoke

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is...

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Removing an obstacle

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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U.S. MBs discuss women in pastoral ministry

Jan 18, 2019 by and

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enough U.S. Mennonite Brethren want to allow women as lead pastors that they’ve opened an official discussion about it. Recognizing diversity of belief, they want to build unity and...

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What readers say

Jan 7, 2019 by

One of our favorite responses to a survey we sent with our annual fundraising  letter in October was, “I want to know what everyone is thinking.” So do we. But you have to tell us. The beginning of a new...

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Realigned, rebranded: 2018 year in review

Dec 28, 2018 by and

For years, North American Ana­baptists have been realigning — breaking old affiliations, forging new relationships, revising church structures to fit changing times. In 2018, two conferences tried a new...

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Two trends to watch

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s tempting to exaggerate the uniqueness of what is happening to us right now. We say the world is changing faster than ever but forget change is constant. Earlier generations saw massive upheaval, too....

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Big swing falls short

Dec 3, 2018 by

When you swing for the fences, you don’t have to knock one out of the park to help the team win. Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. got a runner on base. In the end, things didn’t work out...

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Neighbor vs. neighbor

Nov 19, 2018 by and

“You can’t imagine how it is to be hated,” wrote David Koehn and Wil­liam Frantz, Mennonite pacifist conscripts at Camp Greenleaf in Georgia, during World War I. Can’t we? Compassion compels us to...

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Much to gain if periodicals merge

Nov 5, 2018 by and

The future of Mennonite journalism is the talk of the church. The proposed merger of Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. has got people thinking about what might be gained or lost in a merger...

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598 is not enough

Oct 22, 2018 by and

What are the chances that a Mennonite teenager today will go to a Mennonite Church USA college or university? Not that good, and much less than 10 years ago, according to Mennonite Education Agency. Over the...

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No fear of feminism

Oct 8, 2018 by and

Is Christian feminism an oxymoron? Is “radical” feminism a threat to Christianity? How can Mennonites contribute to justice and healing as a culture-shifting reckoning with sexual violence — which has...

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Finding the right fit

Sep 24, 2018 by

A pastor who doesn’t fit in one place might flourish somewhere else. In two important cases recently, good pastors had to move on (without leaving their congregations). The reasons, and the changes that...

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Always among you?

Sep 10, 2018 by

One of the most abused Bible verses is John 12:8, where Jesus says, “You will always have the poor among you.” It’s been interpreted to justify indifference to poverty, as if Jesus were turning away from...

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Mennonite Brethren to gather for study on women in ministry

Sep 3, 2018 by and

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has scheduled a national study conference to discuss what Scripture says about women in ministry and to gain understanding of different views. The...

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Now, no exceptions

Aug 27, 2018 by

Pope Francis’ declaration that the Cath­olic Church opposes the death penalty in all cases, without exceptions, marks a historic milestone in the Christian witness for nonviolence. The Cath­olic position...

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Mysterious initials

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s nothing sacred about the word “Mennonite.” Nor is it anything to be ashamed of. Somewhere between those extremes is a venerable religious identity with a rich history, many positive connotations...

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Press on the upward way

Jul 30, 2018 by

Because church life has its ups and downs, we can be sure that some who study Mennonite Church USA’s new Pathways curriculum are looking for traction to higher ground. Whether they’ve felt moderate stress...

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Moderate justice

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Supreme Court occupies the U.S. political spotlight after the retirement of Anthony Kennedy and President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. With the remaining eight justices evenly split on many...

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Immortal works

Jul 2, 2018 by

Far from the tourist crowds, the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome is a haven of solitude. In a tree-shaded corner we found the grave of the poet John Keats, who died in 1821 at the age of 25. As he desired, no...

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