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Israel fulfills prophecy

By on Feb 12, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 1 comment

I respect J. Denny Weaver’s teaching and scholarship, but “On Jerusalem, Leave Prophecy Out of It” (Blog, Jan. 1) is a bridge too far. Weaver rebukes evangelicals who justify the actions of Israel by stating that they fulfill biblical prophecy. He writes: “Since the Bible doesn’t make predictions about things impossible for the original reader to grasp, we shouldn’t judge actions and policy today on the basis of this failed idea of predictions.” Biblical prophetic books have two authors, human and God. Scripture articulates...

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Spiritual starvation

By on Feb 12, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

I thank God daily for the grace of growing up in a strong Mennonite community. As a prodigal returning to faith and looking for a church home, I applaud the great outreach and service of the Mennonite church. I found the physical pantries well stocked and overflowing. However, I came looking for food for the soul and found its pantries bare, neglected by the academicians, leaders and pastors who are teaching (does anyone still preach?) and worshiping the doctrines of Anabaptism, pacifism, love, works and being missional as the saving grace to...

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Book review: ‘The Fog of Faith’

By on Feb 12, 2018 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"The Fog of Faith"

In early January, Oprah Winfrey gave an astounding speech at The Golden Globe awards, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement and declaring “a new day is on the horizon” for women who have faced sexual harassment and abuse and who have quietly harbored their pain, knowing their stories will not be believed. Winfrey’s speech followed an astonishing cultural shift in which women in media, government, athletics and even the church have come forward to proclaim they were assaulted by powerful men. I thought of Leona...

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Anabaptist by the original definition

By on Feb 9, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 6 comments

Glen Guyton

The next executive director of Mennonite Church USA calls himself a “traditional Anabaptist,” having been rebaptized at Calvary Community Church, a Mennonite congregation in Hampton, Va. He’s also a convert to Christ’s way of peace. When Glen Guyton joined Calvary in 1993, he was serving in the military, stationed at Langley Air Force Base. He credits Mennonite leaders — especially Bishop L.W. Francisco III, pastor at Calvary, and Titus Peachy, formerly of Mennonite Central Committee — with teaching him what it means to be an...

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After hurricane, a reblossoming in Puerto Rico

By and on Feb 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

MDS volunteers from Iowa City, Iowa — from right, Faye Gerig, Leo Rudolphi and Bruce Hochstetler (back to camera) — and a local volunteer load debris at the home of Pascual Santiago, a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Cayey, Puerto Rico, the week of Jan. 22-26. — Paul Hunt/MDS

CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Despite the pummeling received from Hurricane Maria in September, Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation is blooming early this year, pushing out blossoms and leaves on trees amputated of major limbs and bushes left naked and torn. Reflowering, one of Mother Nature’s responses to trauma, symbolizes what’s taking place within the island’s 21 Mennonite churches now that repair wafts in the air four months after the Sept. 20 tropical cyclone beat their homeland with winds exceeding 150 mph and lashing rain. A cacophony of...

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Dutch navigate shrinking numbers, more outreach

By and on Feb 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 2 comments

Wouter de Waart, left, mans an oar during a rousing bit of boating at the Zeilzwerf (sailing ship) AKC camp for 15- to 17-year-olds, which takes place on a sailboat based out of Friesland. — AKC camps

Faced with steadily declining membership, Dutch Mennonites are streamlining their structure and working to build their identity as Anabaptist Christians in a thoroughly secular society. A 2016 document by general secretary Henk Stenvers outlined a vision for the future of Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit, the Dutch Mennonite Conference. He suggested reorganizing to better suit lower numbers and making Anabaptist identity more explicit. After much discussion at congregational and regional levels, the ADS board accepted the document as...

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Indiana congregation puts faith in house of hope

By on Feb 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

The Central District Conference Leadership Council held its fall 2017 meetings at the Faith House. Gathered in the living room are Matt Morin, Kay Bontrager-Singer, Emma Hartman, Marlene Suter, Carrie Mast (back to camera), Ron Adams and John Powell. — Mary E. Klassen/CDC

GOSHEN, Ind. — Members of Faith Mennonite Church wondered if God was calling them to expand their ministry of hospitality. They’ve found their answer next door. On Dec. 7, 2016, a number of people met at the Faith House, the congregation’s hospitality house on South Seventh Street. The house next door had come up for sale. It didn’t take long for representatives from Oaklawn, a local mental health organization; and the Elkhart County Clubhouse, a network of support for people with mental illness; to convince them of the need in Goshen...

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Ohio nursing home resident dies of hypothermia

By on Feb 5, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

The death of a 76-year-old resident of a Mennonite-run nursing home prompted an investigation by the Ohio Department of Health. Phyllis Campbell was found dead Jan. 7 in the courtyard of Hilty Home in Pandora, Ohio, which is owned by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. According to a Jan. 24 report in The Lima (Ohio) News, the investigation concluded that Campbell had died of hypothermia after exiting the building without being noticed. After being put to bed at 12:35 a.m., she left through an open door that should have sounded an alarm for 90...

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Opinion: A call for dignity and civility

By and on Jan 29, 2018 in Latest Issue, Opinion | 4 comments

Don Morris

We were reminded this past week about how labels and degrading words can and do bring intense pain to people. Our president made some very egregious and degrading comments about particular countries. People from the countries that were mentioned have been wounded and dismayed. Having a Congolese granddaughter, these comments have made me particularly sad. The countries mentioned are home to 735,000 Mennonites — by Mennonite World Conference statistics — and figure prominently in the missional history of the Mennonite Brethren. These people...

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Curriculum to meet changing needs in faith formation

By and on Jan 29, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Springs Forth! Faith Formation board members, from left: Doris Unruh, Cindy Snider, Karen Ediger, Dorothy Nickel Friesen, Frankie Huxman. Not pictured are June Thomsen, Alan Stucky and Phyllis Regier. — Carol Duerksen

When Carol Duerksen heard Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Moyer Suderman perform “Detectives of Divinity” in April, she thought it would make a good theme for children’s Sunday school material. Duerksen helped create a 13-week curriculum for use in her congregation, Tabor Mennonite Church of Goessel, Kan., with funding from Mennonite Church USA’s Western District Conference. Now it is being developed into two multigenerational, downloadable curriculum packages for vacation Bible school under the umbrella of a new organization called...

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