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Bible column: Miracles, if we’re paying attention

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Bible column: Miracles, if we’re paying attention

At my church we recently concluded a sermon series in which we answered questions submitted by the congregation. One of the submissions read, “Do miracles really happen?” I regularly talk with people who consider themselves Christians, who judge God’s existence to fall in the realm of reasonable belief and find Jesus admirable and worth imitating. But seas parting and blind eyes seeing and dead men walking? It strains credulity too far. They laugh at the suggestion. I asked a young man who had this opinion of things why he came church....

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Showalter: Ambassador in Russia

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Showalter: Ambassador in Russia

Russia is in the Western news often. War in Ukraine, interference with elections, Trump/Putin jockeying, poisoning of an intelligence agent, sanctions. Is a new Cold War emerging? It’s actually an East/West drama that’s more than 100 years old, beginning perhaps with the Bolshevik Revolution. Meanwhile, there’s the more important but less noticed kingdom of God. There are the churches and their leaders and the ordinary millions whose lives and deaths were shaped by the decisions of the great powers of Russia and the West. Few are in a...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

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Goshen College students walk through an applause tunnel after opening convocation Aug. 29. — Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College

Bright spots are few as U.S. Mennonite higher education institutions report shrinking enrollment numbers this fall. Though overall student totals are up at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elk­hart, Ind., and Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, traditional core student populations are down. FPU reported an increase of nearly 200 students to 4,212 across all of its campuses, but full-time undergraduate students decreased by 40 to 943. The decrease was attributed to graduation of a larger than usual class in the spring. “The...

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Miller: Sweat-grimed poppies in my hands

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Miller: Sweat-grimed poppies in my hands

Criminals and I have something in common: I view myself as a good person. Better than most, even. “Perhaps the most surprising discovery in my early years of trying to understand the criminal mind was that, without exception, offenders regard themselves as good human beings,” writes Stanton Samenow, author of Inside the Criminal Mind.   “If I thought of myself as evil, I couldn’t live,” he quotes a murderer as saying. “Just because I killed someone doesn’t mean I’m a bad person,” stated another. This phenomenon of...

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Swiss project highlights reconciliation in Bern

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Members of Bern Mennonite Church sing at an opening ceremony of the Bern Stations Way Aug. 24 in Bern Minster, a Swiss Reformed cathedral. The path is a set of clues focused on the city’s Anabaptist history. — Beat Loosli

A decade ago in Switzerland, a process of reconciliation emerged among Anabaptists and contemporary representatives of the government that oppressed them during the Reformation. To make that reconciliation visible, a project to highlight Anabaptist history in Bern was dedicated with an opening ceremony Aug. 24. The Stationen Weg (Stations Way) is a scavenger hunt about the Reformation and Anabaptist persecution developed out of a partnership between Bern Mennonite Church and the local Reformed Church parish of Münster. The game presents each...

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Yoder-Short: The two who dropped dead

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Yoder-Short: The two who dropped dead

A group of teens started listing why they disliked certain Bible stories. It began with Job and ended with Ananias and Sapphira. “What kind of God kills people for lying?” Certain biblical passages make us squirm. What do we do with these stories? We don’t, like Thomas Jefferson, physically snip out texts and fashion a Bible that fits our worldview. Still, we tend to gloss over uncomfortable passages. Thankfully, our Anabaptist roots remind us we’re in this venture of understanding together. Anabaptism also instructs us to use Jesus as...

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Three years exploring Mennoworld

By and on Oct 8, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

This is my final editorial for MWR. After three years as assistant editor and web editor, I’ve decided to try freelance journalism. It’s been satisfying to connect with people across the Anabaptist spectrum and to receive every email and website comment of appreciation. I am honored by everyone who has trusted me with his or her story. Getting to explore the contours of the Mennonite world has yielded some enlightening insights that I couldn’t have expected simply from reading books and confessions of faith. When I went to conventions, I...

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Allegheny, Central District set aside idea of merger

By and on Oct 1, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh (N.C.) Mennonite Church, accepts a cup filled with blessings from Central District Conference congregations from conference minister Doug Luginbill during CDC's annual meeting in June. Raleigh was received as as a new member of CDC, having transferred its affiliation from Virginia Mennonite Conference. — J. Tyler Klassen

While Central District Conference has broadened its geographical reach, its long-distance relationship with Allegheny Mennonite Conference will not result in a merger for now. Allegheny Conference Minister David Mishler cited geography as a key reason for the decision to remain two separate conferences within Mennonite Church USA. “What we’re calling our relationship is a strategic partnership right now,” Mishler said. CDC is a Midwest-based conference of 43 congregations that has been attracting churches from the Southeast with its...

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Statement calls for wider welcome while affirming traditional teaching on sexuality

By and on Oct 1, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 31 comments

A group of pastors and leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference is inviting other pastors and leaders in Mennonite Church USA to sign a statement meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive views on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ inclusion. Titled “Our Commitment as We Relate to Same-Sex Couples: We Will Live in Grace and Truth,” the statement upholds the traditional Christian understanding of marriage between one man and one woman while recognizing the difficulty of some to live up to that ideal. “We as congregations will...

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Political group seeks Amish vote

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Amish PAC

A political action committee working in Lancaster, Pa., believes more can be done to mobilize Amish people to vote for Republican candidates this fall, though the traditionally nonvoting group continues to be a tough nut to crack. Amish PAC got its start in 2016 when it encouraged Amish people to vote for Donald Trump, registered voters and ran advertisements on billboards and in newspapers. A majority of Amish people live in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, making them a desirable and untapped voting bloc for conservative...

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