VMMissions responds to Albania earthquake

Jan 20, 2020 by

Virginia Mennonite Missions responded to the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in more than 40 years with funding for temporary shelters, trauma counseling and repairs for a Mennonite school. Northwestern...

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In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

Jan 20, 2020 by and

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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Can we beat our addiction to war?

Jan 17, 2020 by

The U.S. military strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s military force, has raised questions in the minds of many Americans about what we believe about military action and warfare. From my...

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Kennel-Shank: Everything is mission

Jan 13, 2020 by

Mission is a word that evokes a wide variety of responses in people I know. In some contexts it’s primarily connected to spies, the military and movies about both. For others it carries baggage from past...

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Kriss: Saturday night at Chick-Fil-A

Jan 13, 2020 by

I turned around to see a young woman with a blue hijab trying to stop a girl squealing loudly and running. It’s a Saturday night in Lancaster County, Pa. The Route 30 Chick-Fil-A is filled with those of us...

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Cleaning out the barn

Jan 13, 2020 by

Politics is kind of like manure. If we tell ourselves we can avoid being political, it piles up in our barns, creates a stink and makes the animals sick. Political interactions are a normal part of everything...

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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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Kraybill: Revolt’s unintended results

Jan 13, 2020 by

No, I didn’t slide open the tomb of an ancient revolutionary in Israel. But I did rest on the half-open lid of what might be his grave at the town of Modi’in and consider what it takes to provoke oppressed...

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Courageous witness

Jan 13, 2020 by

I commend Christianity Today’s courageous and prophetic editorial concerning President Trump. Franklin Graham challenged Christians to pray, fast and vote. I agree and believe righteousness will rule when...

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Bible: The clash of king and covenant

Jan 13, 2020 by

The eighth chapter of 1 Kings may capture the ­moment in the Old Testament where the two great cov­enants — Davidic and Mosaic — come together with the most harmony. Solomon, David’s successor as...

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Longhurst: No longer on top

Jan 13, 2020 by

“Hello, massa. Bottom rail on top this time.” That’s what a freed black slave in the Union army is reported to have said when he saw his former owner, captured in a battle during the U.S. Civil War,...

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California sale billed as celebration

Jan 13, 2020 by and

After 52 years, the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale is switching gears and billing itself as a celebration. A celebration without “Mennonite” in the name. Although its legal incorporated name is staying...

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Storm destroys Congo churches

Jan 13, 2020 by and

Thirty-five buildings on the Mennonite mission station, including the oldest central Mennonite church, were destroyed when wind and torrential rain ripped through Ndjoko Punda, Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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Mission leader saw dreams for global church realized

Jan 13, 2020 by , and

Richard A. Showalter lived to see his dreams for the global Anabaptist church come true. “It seemed that all I had ever dreamed, and more, began to appear before my eyes,” he wrote in his final Missionary...

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It hinges on a hyphen

Jan 13, 2020 by

Let me be honest with you: I don’t want my kids to be evangelical Christians when they grow up. It was only recently, in one of those rare moments of fatherly self-awareness, that I realized this. My teens...

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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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Same is good, too

Jan 13, 2020 by

Much of our problem in staying unified as Anabaptists (and as humans) is our unwillingness to embrace both tradition and change. Regarding the Dec. 23 editorial, “Different Is Good,” I could just as easily...

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Book review: Terror, Faith and Relief

Jan 13, 2020 by

The late Mennonite Breth­ren writer Katie Funk Wiebe, who died in 2016, was passionate about translating Die Hungersnot in Russland und Unsere Reise um die Welt (The Famine in Russia and Our Trip Around the...

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Chinese church faithful for 30 years in Alberta

Jan 6, 2020 by and

EDMONTON, Alta. — Each week, a little band of disciples known as Edmonton Christian Life Community Church meets at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where many homeless people congregate. The...

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Great Winter Warm-up opens MCC centennial activities

Jan 6, 2020 by and

Throughout 2020, Mennonite Central Committee is inviting supporters to celebrate its centennial with commemorative events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more. Activities begin Jan....

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Goshen, AMBS professor inspired many for peace

Jan 6, 2020 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — John Richard (J.R.) Burkholder, 91, a college and seminary professor whose work spanned and influenced dramatic changes in 20th-century Mennonite peace theology and ecumenical engagements,...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

Dec 30, 2019 by and

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall,...

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The beauty of paradox

Dec 30, 2019 by

Why do Christians have such difficulty reaching agreement? The answer may lie in the very nature of God and the gospel. Our challenge is to embrace a God of mystery who is also relational and trustworthy. This...

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Getting together again: 2019 year in review

Dec 30, 2019 by and

Reconnection and revival led Mennonite news in 2019. Conferences reconciled, leaders traveled overseas to renew historic ties, and Mennonite Church USA sought an infusion of Spirit-filled life. Reconciliation...

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Renamed USMB North Carolina District eyes entire East Coast

Dec 30, 2019 by

The Mennonite Brethren North Carolina District Conference celebrated a name change, which highlights the potential for growth, at its annual convention. Two years ago, the district voted to change its name to...

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