Our own Main Street

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Support Main Street” was the cry as the U.S. economy stalled in March. Those with secure jobs and steady income heeded the call to target their spending and help local small businesses survive the...

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Calm in anxious times

Apr 6, 2020 by

Pastors pursue a ministerial calling built on presence. In these pandemic times, household isolation presents the challenging new reality of long-distance shepherding. But pastors talk to each other, and they...

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Technology that isolates can bring us together

Mar 23, 2020 by

How quickly things change. Only a few weeks ago it was fashionable to lament the isolating power of technology and the relentless march of individualism. Now we know otherwise. The coronavirus has illustrated...

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Two centenarians

Mar 23, 2020 by

They’re not exactly twins, but there’s a fitting convergence in the fact that Mennonite World Review Inc. and Mennonite Central Committee share a birth year. Several weeks ago, they held centennial...

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Quiet the soul

Mar 9, 2020 by

On the surface, it seems ironic to suggest to “the quiet in the land” that there is room for improvement in quieting the soul. But Lent is the perfect opportunity to get more intentional about slowing down...

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Remember you will die

Mar 9, 2020 by and

In a collection of memoirs by Brethren and Mennonite writers, Making a Difference in the Journey (Cascadia, 2015), Shirley Hershey Showalter, a former president of Goshen College, quotes a personal mission...

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Another quagmire

Feb 24, 2020 by

Quagmires behave like they sound. Even in Afghanistan’s arid and stony environment, it is routine for invading empires to sink into the muck. From Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to British, Soviet and...

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No cause for shame

Feb 24, 2020 by

When 30 pastors gathered to talk about mental-health issues, one offered the perspective of both a caregiver and one in need of care. “As a patient, I can feel isolated,” said Tom Harder, pastor of First...

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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Our peace theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

The Mennonites of Hong Kong have a question for us: What is Mennonite peace theology? The query arises from a generational split. Young people believe the church ought to support them in taking to the streets...

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Tractor tech and theology

Jan 27, 2020 by

One of the most desirable agriculture commodities these days isn’t corn, wheat or pork bellies, but 40-year-old tractors. Their enduring usefulness, combined with room for innovation, strike an intriguing...

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‘Unholy collusion’

Jan 13, 2020 by

The fate of Donald Trump’s presidency transcends politics. Moral and ethical concerns about the president pose a test of religious principles for people of faith. The soul of American evangelicalism is at...

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What’s in a name?

Jan 13, 2020 by

Taking the M out of MCC seems silly to even imagine. Besides turning Mennonite Central Committee’s name into one that sounds like a Communist Party leaders’ meeting, removing “Mennonite” would...

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Different is good

Dec 23, 2019 by

In a fast-changing world, a slow-moving church will get left behind. But a church that doesn’t fear change has a chance to thrive. Reviewing the year’s Anabaptist news, we see signs that Mennonites...

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Celebrate all of the season

Dec 23, 2019 by

As the season of Advent escalates to its apex on Christmas Day, it is a good time to remember Christ’s birth can and should be celebrated well after no more shopping days remain. Commercial interests drive...

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The face of God

Dec 9, 2019 by

The second commandment God etched in stone warned the Israelites not to imagine what God looked like. There must be no “graven image” of Yahweh. Israel’s invisible God would permit no idols. The rule...

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Words of gratitude

Nov 25, 2019 by

This Thanksgiving we are grateful for the published word. We are thankful for Mennonite writers, publishers and the readers who support them. Our gratitude is tinged with sadness, as the death of a Mennonite...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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Adjusting the dreams

Nov 11, 2019 by

The reunion of Franconia and Eastern District conferences does more than simplify the map of Mennonite Church USA. Healing a 172-year split, it revives a 19th-century vision of unity and shows ­how new...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Working upstream

Oct 28, 2019 by

Dorothy Nyambi’s profile as president of Mennonite Economic Development Associates brims with firsts. First women to hold the position. First person of African descent. First medical doctor. Her unique...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Humility, moral clarity

Oct 14, 2019 by

God’s word to Solomon after the dedication of Israel’s temple offered a remedy for a wayward nation. A time of judgment will come, God says, and then “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble...

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Seeking inner peace

Sep 30, 2019 by

Anxiety must have troubled the writer of Psalm 139, who prayed, “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” These words of David speak to all of us. Everyone worries. To be...

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Plain acculturation

Sep 30, 2019 by

Head coverings, beards and limited clothing options aren’t always enough to set a people apart. In North America, these seem to do the trick. But conservative Anabaptists encounter deeper questions when they...

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