Realigned, rebranded: 2018 year in review

Dec 28, 2018 by and

For years, North American Ana­baptists have been realigning — breaking old affiliations, forging new relationships, revising church structures to fit changing times. In 2018, two conferences tried a new...

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What child is this?

Dec 21, 2018 by and

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? — Hymnal: A Worship Book, No. 215; text by William C. Dix,...

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Congo violence diminishes; international aid continues

Dec 17, 2018 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Congo — Violence in the Kasaï region has diminished during the past year, but the economic struggles that inspired the fighting persist. An alliance of international Anabaptist organizations...

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Congolese army officer arrested in U.N. murders case

Dec 17, 2018 by

A Congolese army colonel has been arrested in connection to the death of a Mennonite United Nations investigator. Michael J. Sharp and fellow U.N. sanctions monitor Zaida Catalán of Sweden were abducted and...

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Longhurst: The end of famine porn

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s Christmas, a time for giving and also for asking. You will see lots of ads and letters asking you for money, including from aid groups. While you will see lots of photos of people in the developing...

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Miller: Gift of compassion

Dec 17, 2018 by

Aimee Smucker noticed the little dog as she left a Sarasota, Fla., drugstore. The animal lover couldn’t just walk by, so she reached down to pet the Yorkie attached to a leash held by an older man. She...

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Ironic outcome

Dec 17, 2018 by

I find it ironic that Mennonites have the answer to bring peace to the Middle East and to overcome racism and poverty in the United States but cannot find agreement on a unified Mennonite publication...

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Divine revelation

Dec 17, 2018 by

People say I am an old man — and, in fact, I am 92. One evening in 2016, the year my wife, Martha, died, I was sitting in the living room and prayed to God: It is lonesome down here. Are you really...

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Book review: ‘Surviving Failure’

Dec 17, 2018 by

Forty years ago, Merle and Phyllis Pellman Good already were among the highest-profile entrepreneurs in the Mennonite church. Their Good Enterprises, based in Intercourse, Pa., included book publishing,...

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Not a compromise

Dec 17, 2018 by

“Statement Calls for Wider Welcome While Affirming Traditional Teaching on Sexuality” describes the “We Will Live in Grace and Truth” statement as “meant to bridge the gap between traditional and...

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Bible: The peril of being a winner

Dec 17, 2018 by

From his vantage point at the dawn of the second century, the author of James casts an eye across the churchscape of his time, taking its measure. He is unsettled. And with good reason. He sees the exiled,...

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Mary’s story, our story

Dec 17, 2018 by

While the star of every Christmas pageant is the Christ child, the Best Supporting Actress nod goes to Mary. The baby, whether a doll or an unpredictable infant, is just so hard to see from way in back. But...

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Kriss: Once we were the ones who knocked

Dec 17, 2018 by

This is the great seriousness of the Advent message and its great blessing. Christ stands at the door. He lives in the form of people around us. Will you therefore leave the door locked for your protection, or...

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Martyr memorial dedicated

Dec 17, 2018 by and

Braving frigid winds and a temperature below the freezing point, about 100 people gathered Nov. 10 at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Man., to dedicate a statue honoring an Anabaptist martyr defined...

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Oregon school drops ‘Mennonite’ from name

Dec 10, 2018 by and

Western Mennonite School near West Salem, Ore., changed its name to Western Christian School over the summer to better reflect a student body with few Mennonite students. Though there is an Anabaptist...

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Choose your own journey

Dec 10, 2018 by

I find myself at the Nanjing Normal University track most mornings, when the urge to run somehow overrides my desire to continue sleeping. Or maybe it’s just the sounds of 6 a.m. construction outside my...

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Yes, I still want to see Heaven . . .

Dec 7, 2018 by

Each Sunday, at the close of his sermons, Pastor Blake would open the doors of the church. To the uninitiated, that did not mean that it was finally time to leave and go home to Sunday dinner. Rather, that was...

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EMM leader’s termination leaves unanswered questions

Dec 5, 2018 by and

Eastern Mennonite Missions “separated employment with President Nelson Okanya” on Nov. 16, the organization announced in a statement, leaving unanswered questions about what warranted the move and...

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Goshen graduate was influential peacemaker

Dec 3, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College alumnus and adjunct professor Philip Thomas of Goshen died on Nov. 29 of natural causes due to a heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Thomas was a peace advocate who had traveled to...

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