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Made in God’s image?

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 1 comment

I was happy to see that MWR picked up Micah Brickner’s article from Eastern Mennonite Missions about my involvement at Tyndale Seminary. The article gets the story right, but I feel that the headline, “Two Faiths’ Followers Reflect God’s Image,” is problematic. Muslims and Christians are all made in the image of God, but the headline could be misconstrued to say that Islam and Christianity reflect the image of God. I reject that idea. Muslims and Christians only reflect the image of God because they are people, God’s creations, not...

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Idol of patriotism

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Has patriotism become an idol in our churches? Test the spirits and see. If America is a nation “under God,” then put a Christian flag above America’s on the pole and watch what happens. Try removing the U.S. flag from your sanctuary to indicate the separation of church and state. If patriotism does not demand human sacrifices like an idol, why are people who kneel during the national anthem accused of dishonoring those who “died for their country”? Aren’t Christians supposed to long for a better country as aliens of all nations...

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A model of love

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

How fortunate Doug Lehman is to have a mother who models the love of his heavenly parent (“Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally”). How fortunate the LGBTQ community is to have a person like Ruth Lehman who courageously lives Micah 6:8: “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.” How fortunate our larger faith community is to witness a person who follows the two commandments Jesus said are the most important ones and under which all other laws depend: “Love God . . . and your neighbor as yourself.” My heart sings...

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Miller: Grandma testifies

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Miller: Properties of Light | 0 comments

Miller: Grandma testifies

Tears come to my grandma’s eyes when she tells us goodbye and thanks us for coming to visit. “I’m not worthy,” she says. Silly Grandma. We have visited her seldom, far less often than she deserves. She probably won’t last much longer now, my aunts tell us. Her kidneys are failing, and she won’t go to the hospital for medication. She is ready to die, anxious for it. Grandma is short and old and plump — like she has been for as long as I remember — but she sits in a wheelchair now and wears a bib when she eats. She has not lost...

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West Africans celebrate first credentialed leaders

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Members of Catel Mennonite Church celebrate the Jan. 27 ordination of Gibby Mane and Daniel Dijn-ale. — Beryl Forrester/EMM

Mennonite Church West Africa advanced its mission to establish Anabaptist churches in three nations on the Atlantic coast when it celebrated the ordination of its first credentialed leaders. More than 200 people, the most ever for this type of event, filled Catel Mennonite Church’s new meetinghouse in Guinea-Bissau for MCWA’s annual conference Dec. 26-31. “Christian leadership is meant to be servanthood, not masterhood,” said Adriano MBackeh, one of four newly credentialed pastors and a keynote speaker at the conference. “Just as...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some strikingly different theological beliefs. Furthermore, the BIC are geographically distant from much of the Mennonite population. More than 40 percent of the BIC’s U.S. congregations are in Pennsylvania. In Canada (where the denomination is called Be in Christ), 60 of 65 congregations are in southern Ontario. But the BIC are kin. They were born...

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Great Trek’s legacy

By and on Feb 18, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

The 39 families who followed Claas Epp into the Central Asian wilderness to avoid military conscription and meet Christ’s return in the late 19th century have received undo derision from descendants of other Russian Mennonites who chose instead to go west, to America. But not everyone remembers them in a negative light. The legacy of the relationships they forged is worth review. A long-overdue exhibition of artifacts related to the Ak-Metchet settlement that existed from 1884 to 1935 near Khiva, Uzbekistan, is an opportunity to give credit...

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Bible: Because Jesus is true

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Bible: Because Jesus is true

Sometimes I talk to my seatmates on the plane. Sometimes I don’t. But when the young woman next to me had a panic attack brought on by her just-discharged-from-Afghan­istan post-traumatic stress, how could I not talk to her? How could I not tell her all would be well as the plane bolted down the runway? How could I not offer her prayer as we wobbled into the sky? For the rest of the flight she peppered me with questions about my faith. “How can you know Chris­tianity is true when there are so many other religions?” she asked. Because...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

By and on Feb 18, 2019 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

An exhibition of artifacts from a Russian Mennonite settlement that existed from 1884 to 1935 is going on display in March at Ichan Kala Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Khiva, Uzbekistan. — John Sharp

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go on public display in early March in Uzbekistan. The exhibition on the “Great Trek” by Mennonites into Central Asia is based on a partnership between Ichan Kala Museum in Khiva, Uzbekistan, and Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kan. “In 2009 we fully prepared the exhibition,” said Maqsudbek Abdurasulov, deputy director of Ichan...

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Bearing a light yoke

By and on Feb 18, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:29-30). We might reply: If only it were so. Some burdens of faith feel heavy. One weight that can be hard to carry is fellow Christians who believe and act differently than we do. We might think they drag the church down, standing in the way of progress. Or that they’re pushing recklessly ahead on dangerous paths. How can...

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