Phone a friend

Oct 12, 2015 by

A few days ago I received a phone call from a friend in Africa. I’m accustomed enough to international calls that I did not immediately fear bad news. Thirty years ago I might have assumed the worst, but...

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Not quickest, but best

Aug 31, 2015 by

For members of the Mennonite World Conference commissions, the Harrisburg, Pa., assembly began with a local tour — Grantham, Salunga, Ephrata, Akron, and dinner at the Amish farm of Sol Stoltzfus. Mennonite...

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The biggest issue

Jul 20, 2015 by

“What’s the biggest issue your church is facing these days?” It’s a question that gets asked and answered in dozens of ways as Christians cross cultures and engage counterparts in other nations. In...

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No corner on peace

Jun 8, 2015 by

I used to think Mennonites and a few other Western historic peace churches such as Brethren and Friends had a corner on peace. Other Christians just didn’t get it. This was our distinctive, just as speaking...

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Turning to Jesus, everything changes

Apr 27, 2015 by

George Nyaundi grew up as a traditional African in Enemesi, Kenya. He and his family knew nothing of Jesus. His tribal background was Kisii, though he lived among the Maasai. His grandfather had moved into...

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Nigerians’ suffering

Mar 16, 2015 by

In Middle Eastern churches and the Christian communities of northern Nigeria, our brothers and sisters are suffering. To most of us in other parts of the world, and especially in the West, it is almost...

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Unwarranted certainty

Feb 2, 2015 by

Every so often we meet someone who tells the truth so plainly and persistently that our worldview rocks, then adjusts. Thomas King is like that. In his recent book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account...

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Let’s ask for help

Dec 22, 2014 by

Debates in the Western church about same-sex marriage and gender identity may appear irrelevant to some parts of the global church. Yes, our issues are frequently different. But an outsider’s view is often...

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Two radical proposals

Nov 10, 2014 by

Next year’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., will mark an important 40th anniversary for Mennonite World Conference. It was four decades ago in July 1975 that the Presidium of MWC met in Puerto Rico to discuss...

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Zealous African bishop

Sep 29, 2014 by

Henry Mulandi of Kenya was a plenary speaker at the inaugural sessions of the Global Mission Fellowship at the 2003 Mennonite World Conference in Zimbabwe. Bishop Mulandi leads a large circle of intertribal...

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Affirming all we send

Aug 18, 2014 by

Mennonite conferences of North America are quite discriminating about which mission organizations represent them in their public gatherings. Almost all of us “own” Mennonite Central Committee as a service...

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A pioneer witness

Jul 7, 2014 by

This summer Pastor Yesaya Abdi will retire from leadership of PIPKA, the Indonesian Mennonite mission board, which has a long history of partnership with Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Brethren...

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Follow the leader?

May 26, 2014 by

With our communal theology, North American Anabaptists have had a pretty strong preference to treat each other as equals. Yet we expected leaders to set direction. Certainly that was true until about 1960....

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Along the margins

Apr 14, 2014 by

Vibrant theology as well as Christian mission happens along church margins. Yes, what takes place at the center is important. Councils, assemblies and conferences make decisions that may or may not nourish the...

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Big family, big vision

Jan 20, 2014 by

There was a time when Westerners in international Christian mission were men. At least those named in mission records were men. Trips to Africa or Asia by sailing ship were long and arduous. Fully a quarter...

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