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Powell: Pre-existing conditions

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Powell: A Voice from the Center | 0 comments

Powell: Pre-existing conditions

Our communities are hurting. Few want to accept responsibility, particularly those who benefit from the conditions that have created the pain. We have learned to play the blame game. Blame the victims. Accuse them of being lazy and irresponsible. Many of us will say we didn’t cause the problems and have little to contrib­ute to solutions. The first part of that statement is correct. The current generation didn’t create the problems. We are experiencing the consequences of past oppression carried into the present. But little to contribute?...

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Yoder: Innocent words gone awry

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Yoder-Short: Living the Story | 0 comments

Yoder: Innocent words gone awry

Bluebird, girl, noncradle — all innocent words. Sometimes it isn’t what we say; it’s how we say it. If you were a bluebird in my first-grade class, you were teased. “Bluebird” was an innocent label until the redbirds realized they were the better readers. It’s great to be a girl until someone yells at a boy, “You throw like a girl.” “Bluebird” and “girl” become derogatory. A discussion of “non­cradle” triggered an avalanche of innocent words gone awry. Is “noncradle Mennonite” offensive? We can’t be sure...

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Showalter: Honduran forgiveness

By on Feb 18, 2019 in Columns, Latest Issue, Showalter: World Neighbors | 0 comments

Showalter: Honduran forgiveness

Christians know the cost of reconciliation. It stands at the core of the gospel in the suffering and death of Jesus for our salvation. Greater love has no one than a life sacrificed for others. Reconciliation embraced as an intellectual belief is not the same as reconciliation lived out. The evangelical Anabaptist community of Honduras experienced this last year in an unusual display of mutual forgiveness. Two leaders and two discipleship-oriented communions came together Nov. 14 after 20 years of estrangement, confessed their sins, forgave...

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The politics of minority self-destruction: a call to surrender

By on Feb 14, 2019 in Latest Issue, The World Together | 0 comments

The World Together Blog

Fellow Christians: In a nation undergoing historic dimensions of polarization and partisan self-destruction, our hour has again come to navigate our perennial struggle over citizenship responsibilities — whether we should retreat from the “world” to proclaim our purity or engage it to practice “the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18). I will advance a politics of agape (sacrificial love) engaging polar sides on the fast track to ruination. Our churches, torn by culture war, are not now qualified to make this engagement. They...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

By on Feb 14, 2019 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Kreider

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North Newton. She was 94. Dedicating her career to supporting MCC, she volunteered in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland and helped establish thrift shops across the U.S. and Canada. Born Feb. 8, 1924, in Pekin Ill., to Norah (Lambert) and Oscar Julius Sommer, she graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) College in 1945 with a degree in home...

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Bible: The past that guides the future

By on Feb 4, 2019 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Bible: The past that guides the future

We don’t often have the chance to witness mass religious festivals of a kind seen regularly in some parts of the world. They are unforgettable: the Muslim hajj, the Easter throngs in southern Africa or the multitude flocking the banks of the Yamuna at Kumbh Mela in India. The scale of these gatherings is in the millions of adherents. It is to the ears of such an assembly — of a kind glimpsed by John in Revelation — that the cry of the psalmist is raised, summoning all clans and nations (66:4) to a mighty act, a roar of adulation in...

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Kraybill: Upon this rock

By on Feb 4, 2019 in Columns, Kraybill: Holy Land Peace Pilgrim, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Kraybill: Upon this rock

“Look, what large stones and what large buildings!” cried a disciple of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem (Mark 13:1). King Herod and his dynasty had spent decades fabulously rebuilding Israel’s center of worship. Massive white limestone buildings, accented with gold, glistened in the sunlight. The whole complex stood on top of a seven-acre raised Temple Mount platform, which Herod had expanded to make into a wonder of the Roman world. “Do you see these great buildings?” Jesus answered. “Not one stone will be left here upon another;...

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Removing an obstacle

By and on Feb 4, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 2 comments

Mennonite Brethren are a praying people. Whatever they decide is God’s will for them, you can be sure they prayed a lot about it. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ study conference on “The Bible and Women in Pastoral Ministry” Jan. 14-16 in Tempe, Ariz., was no exception. Prayer wasn’t the only priority that made the USMB process healthy. With enough time for unhurried plenary discussion, the study conference produced the gracious dialogue every church hopes for when a controversial issue needs hashing out. More...

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Kennel-Shank: Vulnerable, glorious interdependence

By on Feb 4, 2019 in Columns, Kennel-Shank: Living Simply, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Kennel-Shank: Vulnerable, glorious interdependence

Under the heading “Needs” on the dry-erase board at the retreat center was my name and “Ride to Southfield after Sunday lunch.” Next to it was a large blank spot. It was accurate, but it was jarring as I read it. The blank space made me feel vulnerable. I was dependent on an unnamed someone, most likely a stranger since I only knew a handful of women at this retreat in Michigan, to get me to my friend’s house. My itinerary also included a bus trip to South Bend, Ind. — with a two-hour layover in Toledo, Ohio, where another friend...

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Warming relations

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What the world needs now is more Coffee Corners. In a time of so much division and strife, it’s refreshing to see people spot a problem and do something about it. The pop-up Hutchinson, Kan., ministry of friendship to homeless people desperate for multiple kinds of warmth has a simple beauty that has been flickered away in many places by bureaucracy and pessimism. A small group of people can still see a need and react swiftly to it without the need for permits, committee meetings and so many other hurdles that can drag on for months or even...

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