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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Autumn needs All Saints Day

Nov 10, 2015 by

While the family photos of friends and their children in some really terrific All Hallows Eve costumes in my Facebook news feed are a fading memory, I keep wishing that “Halloween,” like so many other...

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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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Saint Dorothy

Aug 17, 2015 by

I would like to nominate Dorothy Day as a patron saint of American Anabaptism. This statement will likely elicit a few “amens” but also a few raised eyebrows. How can Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker...

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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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Ecclesial kin

May 25, 2015 by

One of the unique aspects of Mennonite Church USA interchurch conversations is the way the denomination is positioned between Roman Catholicism and various Protestants groups on the one hand and, on the other,...

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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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Refuge of dreams

Mar 2, 2015 by

In the 1989 drama Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella hears a quiet voice tell him, “Build it, and they will come.” Obedient, he builds a baseball field in a remote cornfield that is beautiful and...

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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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The gates are open

Aug 4, 2014 by

A few months ago I went on retreat with the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation in Eastern Pennsylvania. Kairos has an office in Lancaster, Pa., while holding many of its classes and retreats at the Jesuit...

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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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Becoming an Anablacktivist

May 12, 2014 by

Traveling through Philadelphia last year, I met Drew Hart. He’s a Ph.D. student at Lutheran Theological Seminary, a part-time pastor and professor, and a prophetic voice in Anabaptist circles. What follows...

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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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Ways to pray

Feb 17, 2014 by

When I was younger I thought the only genuine prayer was a spontaneous prayer. I grew up in a congregation where prayer was free-flowing and formulated on the spot. As an extroverted, chatty kid, it was...

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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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