An amazing Sunday afternoon drive

Aug 20, 2019 by

I’ve long had a respect for the Old Order and other conservative Mennonites of our region, and have been pleased to live in proximity to them. So it’s not surprising that one Sunday afternoon in June, our...

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Altars that need to go

Aug 15, 2019 by

The Old Testament stories are full of kings and priests. There were two differences: the ones who tore down altars and the ones who allowed them to stay. Several kings did what was right, but most of them...

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What’s so important about community anyways? A lot.

Aug 9, 2019 by

What’s so important about community anyways? A lot. It’s the one word present in our mission, our vision and our core values statement. Here are three compelling voices on community, and why it matters so...

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Bound by love

Aug 8, 2019 by

When the lawyer finally got face time with Jesus, he poured out what was heaviest on his heart, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He groped for a guarantee. He wanted a divine will and...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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A system of (dis)trust

Aug 5, 2019 by

A long time ago, Ona, a leader in the Bolivian Mennonite Church, made an offhand but accurate comment: In Bolivia, everything is negotiable. I’ve found that to be true even now, more than two decades...

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Does church membership have scriptural grounds?

Jul 30, 2019 by

Earlier this year, the Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA began a discernment process regarding what ought to be done with the denomination’s membership guidelines. From the brief report...

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‘Seculosity’ author traces society’s search for righteousness outside the church

Jul 23, 2019 by and

A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. But chances are that the details of their lives — from their phones and their politics to their dinner plates and how they raise their kids — are...

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Losing inerrancy

Jul 19, 2019 by

When I was 17 years old, almost exactly 47 years ago, I made a decision to become a Christian. At the time, my motivation was that I wanted to know the truth. As a thoughtful, idealistic adolescent, I thought...

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I feel guilty about my free time

Jul 17, 2019 by

When I was bemoaning my singleness once, a wise person told me, “You made your choices.” At first, I wanted to complain, “But I didn’t know the consequences of those choices! I didn’t know that...

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You give them something to eat

Jul 15, 2019 by

I spent part of the morning of May 31 packaging and delivering bread. Every three years, the Mennonite-ish churches in our area pool their time, talent and resources to organize a relief sale for Mennonite...

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Christian nationalism, the border and Fourth of July church in Dallas

Jul 12, 2019 by and

I first became aware of the power of Christian nationalism last year, during an interview at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington, D.C., a gathering that coincided with the March for Life, a...

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A resignation’s core values

Jul 3, 2019 by and

In Jane Philpott’s letter of resignation from Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in March, she stated it grieved her to leave her post as President of the Treasury Board. But, she went on to...

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The bread of the Lord’s compassion

Jul 1, 2019 by

“We get our bread at the peril of our lives” (Lam. 5:9). In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, at the Mennonite Family Center, we hear Boris Letkemann share his family’s story of exile and homecoming. There was so...

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Everything that frustrates me about the Anabaptist tradition

Jun 27, 2019 by

My theological leanings don’t define me. Each one of us is God’s creation, the apple of his eye. That’s where I intend to reside. Yet, identifying the framework through which we view Scripture, and...

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Moving forward together

Jun 25, 2019 by

Have you ever made a decision when you were for the idea and the other person was against it? Or, been on a board when a vote went five in favor and four against? It’s not fun to move ahead that way. Which...

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Confession of Faith in a Progressive Mennonite Perspective

Jun 20, 2019 by

Introduction Every age group in the United States is less religiously involved than it was a generation ago. In particular, the number of youth and young adults dropping out of the church has been growing at...

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A very private residence

Jun 18, 2019 by

In 2005, Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda went on trial in Wichita, Kan., on federal charges that included Medicare fraud and involuntary servitude. A friend of mine attended the trial with the intention of...

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Resurrection . . . of this man?

Jun 14, 2019 by

Some religion(s) focus on telling us what to believe about God — this, that and the other thing. And some religionists struggle with how to reconcile the beliefs of one religion about God with the beliefs of...

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Doing Justice: The power of relationships

Jun 11, 2019 by

When I joined the pastoral team of a Mennonite congregation after seminary, I asked myself: What does it mean to be a pastor of a predominantly white church in America in the 1990s? After pondering this...

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Religious leaders statement on child deaths in detention

Jun 7, 2019 by

Joining an ecumenical and interfaith coalition effort, Mennonite Church USA executive director Glen Guyton recently signed on to the Religious Leaders Statement on Child Deaths in Detention. Convened by...

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The Bible leans more socialist than you think

Jun 5, 2019 by

When it comes to wealth, God clearly favors equality. I find it interesting how much attention the Bible gives to the issue of equity and justice with regard to how wealth is to be distributed. In the first...

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Growing up Brethren in Christ

Jun 3, 2019 by

I was born into a Brethren in Christ family in India. I knew about the Brethren in Christ mostly because of the people and events that happened from time to time. People would visit the work my parents, Bill...

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You’ve got a friend in PA

May 29, 2019 by

A core concept of social psychology is the idea that people negotiate their identities depending on their contexts. While you are always, in some ways, yourself, some parts of your identity are emphasized and...

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Do we still believe in mutual aid?

May 27, 2019 by

Mutual aid has been for Mennonites a pearl of great price. By banding together to help each other, Mennonites succeeded in crossing oceans and mountains to live on the frontier in Christian communities....

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