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Longhurst: Will truth be told?

By on May 21, 2018 in Columns, Latest Issue, Longhurst: North of the 49th | 1 comment

John Longhurst

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2008, Canada has been wrestling with the legacy of its residential school system for indigenous children. The topic has fueled discussion in the media and in faith groups, especially in churches that ran schools. Some say things aren’t moving fast enough, but there’s no escaping how this has become a topic of national conversation. All this attention in Canada is quite unlike what’s happening in the U.S., which had a similar system. In fact, the Canadian residential school...

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Book review: ‘Harold and Arlene: Ministers to Many’

By on May 21, 2018 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 1 comment

"Harold and Arlene: Ministers to Many"

A new and inspiring biography tells the story of a pastoral couple with a deep love for God and the Mennonite Church. With lives spanning most of the 20th century, Harold and Arlene Eshleman navigated a time of cultural change and adjusted their ministry approaches in each successive era. Harold Eshleman (1911-1998) supported his family as a public schoolteacher for 43 years, served as a Mennonite pastor and overseer for close to four decades and had a heart for missions. His wife, Arlene, (1911-2008) was a skilled typist, supportive church...

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Bible: Conflict over the Law’s meaning

By on May 21, 2018 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 1 comment

Ted Grimsrud

This quarter we look at the justice of God, primarily in the message of Jesus with a bit of Paul. The Gospel of Matthew, more than the other three Gopels, tells us about conflicts Jesus faced with religious leaders, especially the Pharisees. What was at stake in those two-sided conflicts with their mutual antipathy? One issue was that each side understood the Law in different ways. This is illustrated by the story in Matt. 12:1-14. Jesus and his closest disciples lived hand-to-mouth. They depended upon others’ generosity and the occasional...

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Translators’ goal: a Bible, then a church

By and on May 21, 2018 in Feature, Featured, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Joel Martin, founder of All-Nations Bible Translation, speaks to attendees of the Explore ABT informational event in May 2016 in State College, Pa. — All-Nations Bible Translation

All-Nations Bible Translation is 8 years old, but in a sense it’s just getting started. That’s because a Bible translation and church-planting project can take 15 to 20 years to complete. ABT founder Joel Martin of State College, Pa., became interested in Bible translation while he was a student at Faith Build­ers Training Institute, a school offering postsecondary education for conservative Anabaptists in Guys Mills, Pa. He wrote a paper on the history of the English Bible. “I started to wonder if maybe my heart for unreached people...

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U.K. Anabaptists celebrate mission worker’s legacy

By and on May 21, 2018 in Feature, Latest Issue | 0 comments

At the U.K. Anabaptist Theology Forum honoring the late Mennonite Mission Network worker Alan Kreider, Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Carol Wert, left, presents her paper to participants, including, from left, Lloyd Pietersen, Eleanor Kreider, Sian Murray Williams, Fran Porter, Linda Wilson and Ian Wilson. — Alan Wert

BROMSGROVE, England — Participants at the Anabaptist Theology Forum applauded when Eleanor Kreider walked into the room. Some considered her a spiritual mentor or close friend. Others had never met her but had been influenced by the work she and her husband, Alan, did in the United Kingdom. The forum organized by the Anabaptist Network U.K. April 11-12 brought together nearly three dozen Anabaptist-minded people from across England and Scotland, including American Mennonite expatriates living in the U.K. The theme, “Exploring the Legacy of...

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Kriss: Millennials’ invitation to lead and learn

By on May 21, 2018 in Columns, Kriss: On the Way, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Stephen Kriss

At Casa de Esperanza, an Anabaptist/Mennonite community in Oaxaca City, Mexico, Pastor Luis Rey Matias-Cruz invited a 20-something member of his congregation to assist in setting up tables for a midweek meal. “Come, my young brother, join in the struggle with me.” This new congregation in a colorful city is made up of many younger people — millennials, born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s. The group has outgrown the house where it began and meets in the pastor’s driveway. They’re looking for a new facility and a place they can...

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Devotion in action

By on May 21, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

“I participated . . . and it made me think,” says Minyoung Jung of South Korea, writing of her work with a food-distribution program in Kenya by a Mennonite Central Committee partner. Her article on page 6 shows the impact of personal involvement in caring for others’ needs. “When I return to South Korea, I want to discuss the poverty I saw in Kenya with my friends and talk about what we should do about this,” she writes. That’s the MCC way. See for yourself, do it yourself. Grow in faith while helping others. Jung saw hunger in...

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Dark deception

By on May 21, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 4 comments

The leaders and educators of Mennonite Church USA and other church communities are increasingly adopting worldly views of compassion, love, peace and power. The powers of darkness are attempting to merge deceptive world views into those of the Bible and the true church. The God of Scripture alone rules his church, not mankind. Without spiritual intervention, the power of the church will continue to diminish. Soul-searching prayer and Scripture reading is the only answer. Church leaders and educators seem to be disinviting God’s participation...

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Kennel-Shank: Misplaced superiority

By on May 21, 2018 in Columns, Kennel-Shank: Living Simply, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Celeste Kennel-Shank

I felt a surge of pride to be Mennonite while reading Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, a history of U.S. racist and antiracist ideas. He described the 1688 Germantown Petition Against Slavery as “the inaugural antiracist tract among European settlers in colonial America.” In Kendi’s analysis, these recently arrived Mennonite immigrants connected oppression because of skin color to the persecution they endured because of their religion. “Mennonites did not intend to leave behind one site of oppression to build another in...

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Are we still radical?

By on May 21, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Thanks to Tim Huber for “Criminally Christian” (Editorials, May 7). At times we pride ourselves in our Mennonite history yet neglect our history of being the radical reformers. When my wife and I were being considered for a service assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in 1986, we were required to have an interview with a local Mennonite pastor. He reminded us that the Anabaptist faith was born through civil disobedience: adult baptism. He indicated that many Mennonites seemed to have forgotten these roots. In a Sunday school class...

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