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Abortion alarms

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Recent developments regarding abortion in the United States should cause great alarm, including the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act signed by the governor of New York and the new pro-abortion U.S. House of Representatives’ attempt to repeal the policy that prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding for abortions overseas. Abortion is a horrific, sinful act — a replication of the sin that the children of Israel committed in the Old Testament when they sacrificed children as an act of worship to their gods. I know there can occur emergency issues...

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Dead fridge lives on, artistically

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 1 comment

Dead fridge lives on, artistically

It had to happen eventually. The aged Kelvinator refrigerator that held the lunches of generations of journalists, typesetters and pressmen at Mennonite World Review fell silent and warm in 2015. As the solid mass of ice that consumed the freezer section dripped down, questions rose. How old is it? Must we throw it away? Who might actually want it? The answer to the last question answered the others. With a phone call to Randy Regier, then living in Wichita, Kan., a van showed up at MWR. The curved fridge, though a shell of its former glory,...

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Bible: Want proof of the resurrection?

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Bible: Want proof of the resurrection?

Oh, for a video camera trained on the tomb on that original Easter Sunday! How perfect it would be to witness the grinding of the grave stone, the genuflection of the soldiers, the gleaming of the angel(s). And then: Jesus emerging in lightning white, like at the Transfiguration, girded with life from beyond, leaning into a new reality. That would prove the resurrection to all comers. Or would it? Because what are data points to a true debater? In an age of hoaxes and jaunty on-screen lying, maybe a video wouldn’t get us anywhere. Maybe what...

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Most ancient testimony

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Assigned to read Herzog by Saul Bellow, a college student encountered these thoughts on death: What is the philosophy of this generation? Not God is dead, that period was passed long ago. Perhaps it should be stated death is God. This generation thinks — and this is its thought of thoughts — that nothing faithful, vulnerable, fragile can be durable or have any true power. Death waits for these things as a cement floor waits for a dropping light bulb. Did Bellow capture the spirit of his time? Published in 1964, Herzog gained a reputation...

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Connected at the cross

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Rob Muthiah of Pasadena Mennonite Church receives the reconciliation cross from Wholicare Community Missionary Church Pastor Helen Mfwilwakanda on March 24. — Kate Wentland/PSMC

Connections brought a wooden cross to Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, and further connections are taking it on a pilgrimage to each congregation. Made of interlocking pieces of wood in contrasting colors, the “reconciliation cross” began its journey earlier this year when it arrived at Wholicare Community Missionary Church in Pasadena, Calif. But its story, and symbolism, are a bit older. Years ago, Pacific Southwest conference minister Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower read Fire in Coventry, about a congregation in England that lost...

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Washington Witness: It’s time to end the Korean War

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: Washington Witness | 0 comments

Washington Witness: It’s time to end the Korean War

For many people who follow the political developments between the United States and North Korea, the disappointment after the Hanoi summit was palpable. Rumors had been circulating of a potential agreement that would bring an official end to the Korean War and potentially open liaison offices, generally a precursor to future embassies. As news leaked of an abrupt end to the summit on Feb. 28, there were differing accounts of what happened and what exactly was on the negotiating table between the two countries. The United States took a more...

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The many faces of MDS

By and on Apr 15, 2019 in Featured, Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Brenten, Caleb, Dan, Pamela, Corey and Brianna Wiebe sing for MDS volunteers. — John Longhurst/MDS

What do you get when you put Mennonites from all over the United States and Canada, and from all sorts of different Mennonite conferences and churches, in the same place? A Mennonite Disaster Service unit, that’s what. Together, they are an amalgam and  expression of Mennonites’ witness to the world. In February, I visited three communities in Texas — La Grange, Bloomington and Wharton — hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. While there, I met MDS volunteers from Mennonite Church Canada and USA; Mennonite Brethren; Old Order Mennonites;...

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King: Shall I tell the truth?

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Columns, King: Unseen Hands, Latest Issue | 0 comments

King: Shall I tell the truth?

“Dad,” said the brilliant negotiator, “you have a choice. If you agree to listen to what I’m doing in college without judging or punishing me, I’ll tell you the truth. Or I’ll just lie about what I’m really doing. Which do you prefer?” That story has so shaped our relationship over the decades and still so informs my thoughts and feelings about accountability, human relationships and moral formation that I often return to it. Should I have found some different solution? Should I have explored consequences for this brazen...

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History: From Mennonite to Missionary

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Columns, History, Latest Issue, Preheim | 0 comments

History: From Mennonite to Missionary

North American Mennonite history is peppered with schisms prompted by disagreements over issues such as prayer meetings, revival meetings, conversion experiences and Sunday schools. Seven groups that split away in the mid- and late 19th century would wind up in a series of mergers, culminating in the creation of the Missionary Church, which is ob­serv­ing its 50th anniversary this year. The first of these groups was the New Mennonite Church of Western Canada, created in 1849 when Daniel Hoch was silenced by the “Old Mennonite” Canadian...

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Andres: When faith gets stale

By on Apr 15, 2019 in Andres: In the Open Space, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Andres: When faith gets stale

Every so often, a television show will surprise me and touch on church life in a thought-provoking way — like a recent episode of Last Man Standing, which portrayed some typical church settings and situations that get at contemporary issues facing Christians. The half-hour sitcom centers on Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), his relationships with his wife and three adult daughters and his work-life as senior executive and marketing director at Outdoor Man, an outdoor sporting goods store. In “The Passion of Paul,” Reverend Paul (Bill Engvall)...

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