Freedom to resist

Nov 20, 2017 by

Some Mennonite colleges play the national anthem before sporting events. Some don’t. Some say it’s a chance to reflect on liberty. Some say it’s a chance to honor those in the military who fight for that...

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Toxic masculinity

Nov 20, 2017 by

Public shaming of sexual predators is pushing toxic masculinity out of the shadows. A surge of reports of men’s abusive behavior has raised awareness that sexual harassment is appallingly common — and not...

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Identity redefinition

Nov 6, 2017 by

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones...

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Healthy worship diet

Nov 6, 2017 by

Are hymnals still relevant? It’s a question worth asking in light of the Menno­Media “Resonate” project, which will produce a new hymnal for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada in 2020. It...

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A white man with guns

Oct 23, 2017 by

Was it terrorism? No. The shooter was white. The mass shooting that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds at an Oct. 1 country music concert in Las Vegas revealed much about American racial...

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Fates intertwined

Oct 23, 2017 by

The closing of Grace University in Omaha, Neb., is a sobering reminder not to take the existence of a small Christian college for granted. Grace was never officially Mennonite, but its founders were. Most were...

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Honorable protests

Oct 9, 2017 by

Few protests are remembered for 500 years, like Martin Luther’s. Or even 50, like anti-Vietnam War marches. Dem­onstrations by National Football League players this fall may be historic or fleeting, but...

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No halfway liberty

Oct 9, 2017 by

The protest that shook the world began 500 years ago this month. On a church door in the Saxon town of Wittenberg, an obscure German monk posted 95 statements of dispute with Catholicism. It was Oct. 31, 1517....

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Gifts without limits

Sep 25, 2017 by

There’s room for everyone on the spectrum of Mennonite beliefs about women in ministry. On the traditional side are conservative and plain groups who agree the pulpit is for men only. In the middle are U.S....

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Boundaries redrawn

Sep 25, 2017 by

Gerrymandering — drawing a political district’s boundaries to assure a political party’s hold — isn’t new. It celebrated its bicentennial a few years ago. Newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts elaborated...

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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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