Tearing down idols

Sep 11, 2017 by

On a 1986 trip to the Soviet Union, students from Tabor and Bethel colleges could count on seeing two things in every city: a monument to the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and a statue of Vladimir Lenin...

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Always reforming

Sep 11, 2017 by

The church is always reforming. Exhausting as it is, it’s a necessity. Just as our bodies continually fight death by renewing themselves every way they possibly can, healthy church bodies must do the...

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Not deterred?

Aug 28, 2017 by

What happens to the doctrine of nuclear deterrence when leaders act in ways that suggest they lack sound judgment and restraint? The war of words between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump exposed the moral evil of...

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Total eclipse of the heart

Aug 28, 2017 by

Carsten Stein experienced a sense of welcome and belonging when he attended a gathering of a different German Anabaptist body in April. The Mennonite Brethren man wrote in a recent issue of Die Brücke that...

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‘Lead Your Way’

Aug 14, 2017 by

Imagine a Mennonite college admissions counselor, for whom the national youth convention is harvest time. Thousands of her best prospects will pass through the exhibit hall where she’s set up shop....

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Discerning what is of God

Aug 14, 2017 by

The leadership of Conservative Mennonite Conference recently demonstrated boldness and humility in upholding their interpretation of Scripture while rejecting extrabiblical traditions that limit women’s...

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Taking Israel’s side

Jul 31, 2017 by

The Mennonite Church USA resolution on Israel-Palestine is not anti-Israel. That is one of the first things advocates of the statement want everyone to know. They call it a third way, a recognition that...

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Come in, the show is free

Jul 17, 2017 by

Mennonite Church USA congregational membership and convention attendance are lower. It is apparent to anyone who has attended a denomination-wide gathering in the last two decades. Some attendees surely...

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Comfortable in their skin

Jul 17, 2017 by

From 2015 to 2017, Mennonite Church USA conventions changed drastically. Two years ago at Kansas City, debates over how to handle diverse views about LGBTQ people in the church cast a cloud of tension over the...

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Christ’s victory is ours

Jul 3, 2017 by

Since learning Mennonite World Conference had members in Italy, I wanted to fellowship with them, as Italy is where my dad’s family is from. MWC’s website lists 200 members of four congregations in the...

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Global leader?

Jul 3, 2017 by

Nations that flout international norms get a “rogue state” label. Now the United States is going rogue. By dropping out of the Paris climate-change accord, the U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only...

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Root of the matter

Jun 19, 2017 by

A tree is known by its fruit. The same goes for churches. The apple industry is revolutionizing itself by getting to the root of a blight problem, and its tactic should be of interest to evangelically minded...

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Born to sing for God

Jun 19, 2017 by

The song leader raised his hands to heaven. “Lift up this evening,” he implored. Or prayed? Fifty thousand voices responded with shouts of joy. An electric guitar chimed a prelude to a plea and a praise:...

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No jesting matter

Jun 5, 2017 by

The British philosopher Francis Bacon coined the term “jesting Pilate” to describe the Roman governor’s attitude when he asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Since Pilate didn’t wait for an...

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Separatists sign up

Jun 5, 2017 by

A generation after Old Colony Mennonites in Canada followed the promise of less government interference to Mexico, local pharmacy operator Walter Schmiedehaus detailed colony culture for a 1947 issue of...

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Anabaptism in bloom

May 22, 2017 by

Five hundred years after the first, a second Reformation is transforming the face of Christianity. This time the revolution is happening in the Global South. As historic centers of power decline in Europe and...

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Patience, prayer, power

May 22, 2017 by

The weeks following Jesus’ resurrection must have been an exciting time of transition for his followers. “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them...

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What big numbers hide

May 8, 2017 by

The numbers betray the humanity within them, because they are simply too big. Some 4,000 members of 30 congregations in Communautês Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Communion of Congo) are hiding in the forests...

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Unified outlier

May 8, 2017 by

Every trend has exceptions. Even the decline of Christian denominations in North America. These venerable entities thrived during an era of trust in big institutions. Now, according to the most pessimistic...

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Shalom says it all

Apr 24, 2017 by

We could have called our Annual College Issue “Teaching Shalom, Making Shalom.” The word “peace” just isn’t enough to describe the many ways Anabaptist colleges are making a better world. Why...

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Examining our essentials

Apr 24, 2017 by

Even if you think you’ve got the basics of Anabaptism down, you can always benefit from a refresher. Palmer Becker’s Anabaptist Essentials, released last month by Herald Press, runs through the basics in...

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Skeptic’s quest

Apr 10, 2017 by

Thomas, the doubting disciple, doesn’t make the list of biblical role models. But he deserves a second look. Scripture’s most famous skeptic has something to teach us about faith and doubt. The disciple...

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Passport for adventure

Apr 10, 2017 by

There are stories I don’t like to write because I don’t want them to be true. I wish the story about Michael J. Sharp wasn’t true. When I heard he was abducted, I felt grief in my chest and hope in my...

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Warring impulses

Mar 27, 2017 by

War in an age of terrorism reveals the limited effectiveness of armed force. Yet the belief that higher military spending buys more national security remains strong. President Trump’s proposal to add $54...

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Our wilderness path

Mar 27, 2017 by

The story of Jesus’ 40-day trial in the wilderness is so familiar to us that we can easily read through the account: “He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished”...

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