Immigrants find refuge in Texas congregations

Sep 17, 2018 by and

DALLAS and HOUSTON — When her extended family lost their business in Guatemala because of gang extortion, Bony traveled across Mexico to the Rio Grande River with her 3-year-old daughter, Mily. To evade...

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Mennonites caught up in massive immigration raid

Sep 17, 2018 by and

Members of Mennonite churches were among more than a hundred workers arrested in August in what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls one of its biggest operations in the last decade. Die...

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Curiosity about Anabaptists creates teachable moments

Sep 17, 2018 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — People who come to northern Indiana with curiosity about the Amish and Mennonites often find their way to an Amish-country attraction that teaches them about Anabaptism. About 260 people...

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Book review: ‘A Midwife in Amish Country’

Sep 17, 2018 by

In her excellent 2013 study of the Amish romance, Thrill of the Chaste, Valerie Weaver-Zercher decisively argues that books about the Amish are predominantly written for an evangelical Christian audience. The...

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Bible: The ‘party of one’ problem

Sep 17, 2018 by

The first thing “not good” in creation (presumably excepting the snakes) was a human being alone. This should probably not be surprising, from a Christian perspective. After all, humans were made in the...

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$1 million award gives pastor clear vision

Sep 10, 2018 by and

Greg Wiens was a Mennonite Brethren pastor for 21 years, but since winning a $1 million award he has transitioned into full-time ministry of another kind — restoring clear vision in developing nations by...

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Andres: Our filtered selves

Sep 10, 2018 by

I ran across an article about a disturbing trend in plastic surgery in which people alter their faces to look like filtered selfies taken with apps like Facetune or Snapchat, which modify appearance by...

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MCC responds to Rohingya refugee crisis in South Asia

Sep 10, 2018 by and

Nur Jemon remembers that the day she fled her home in the Rakhine district of Myanmar started as it did every other day. The Rohingya Muslim woman was cooking rice when the military stormed her village,...

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Evangelical values?

Sep 10, 2018 by

Words have meaning. Words can change meaning. To give perspective, context is important. The theological identity statement by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer (Aug. 13) shows a breathtaking lack of...

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Open even wider

Sep 10, 2018 by

Years ago I understood open communion to mean a congregation welcomed all who claimed Christ as Lord to the communion table. Closed communion meant a participant had to be a member of that denomination or, in...

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In Congo, literacy opens doors, including gospel

Sep 10, 2018 by and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — More than 200 teachers have received training in Evangelization Through Literacy initiated by female leaders of three Mennonite denominations. The new teachers are...

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Always among you?

Sep 10, 2018 by

One of the most abused Bible verses is John 12:8, where Jesus says, “You will always have the poor among you.” It’s been interpreted to justify indifference to poverty, as if Jesus were turning away from...

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Watson: Sunday school is dying

Sep 10, 2018 by

Sunday school is dying. And that’s OK. Technically, the whole church is dying in the Western world. Few expect the church to actually die, however. Religion remains a uniquely powerful force in human...

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Opinion: Lives of Jesus, Muhammad teach care for those on the margins

Sep 10, 2018 by and

For several years, Kenya has been a flashpoint of Christian-Muslim conflict. With each incident of terror, the tension increases. Kenyan Mennonites are finding hope in small incidents of transformation. Kenya...

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Washington Witness: Prison impacts families

Sep 10, 2018 by

With more than 2 million men and women held in U.S. jails and prisons, the need for criminal justice reform has become evident. But legislators disagree on what these reforms should look like. Some believe...

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History: An evolution from Amish

Sep 8, 2018 by

In the 21st century, “conservative” is wrapped in layers of often-ambiguous political, religious and cultural meanings. That’s a big reason why the Conservative Mennonite Conference this summer decided...

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How free is your church?

Sep 8, 2018 by

Amish Heritage Foundation executive director Torah Bontrager said her Amish upbringing restricted her from thinking critically about how to interpret the Bible or questioning her church’s rules. Yet she grew...

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Pastor’s credentials restored, in a different conference

Sep 7, 2018 by and

A North Carolina pastor who was sanctioned for officiating a same-sex wedding is back in good standing after his congregation switched conferences. Mennonite Church USA announced Sept. 7 that Central District...

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Guatemalan Pentecostals are drawn to Anabaptism

Sep 3, 2018 by and

Pastor Hugo Padilla calls himself a Menno-Pente — Mennonite and Pentecostal. A graduate of the college-level program of SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala, he says Anabaptist theology...

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MB seminary demotes president, ousts 3 lecturers

Sep 3, 2018 by and

In response to concerns from Mennonite Brethren constituents, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University has removed its seminary’s president and severed ties with three high-profile pastors. FPU announced Aug. 15...

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Mennonite Brethren to gather for study on women in ministry

Sep 3, 2018 by and

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has scheduled a national study conference to discuss what Scripture says about women in ministry and to gain understanding of different views. The...

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MC USA board looks toward next two conventions

Aug 27, 2018 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board on Aug. 16-18 looked toward the denomination’s next two conventions, reviewed a strategic plan and discussed a proposal to dissolve The Mennonite...

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Yoder-Short: To be great or humble?

Aug 27, 2018 by

“More to the right!” “No, go left!” “From where I stand it looks like you just need to center it.” We are on a youth-group service trip. The shouting isn’t about politics. It is about locating...

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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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Kansas congregation celebrates building expansion

Aug 27, 2018 by and

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Anne Bailey had waited for years for the moment on Aug. 12 when Peace Mennonite Church dedicated its expanded building, filling worshipers with goose-bump awe over the lively acoustics. As...

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