Book review: ‘Soul Tending’

May 7, 2018 by

Do you remember a time when every Sunday started with three hours of church followed by a long meal, often roast beef and root vegetables that roasted in the oven while we sat in the pews? Perhaps the meal was...

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Bible: High ideals for God’s people

May 7, 2018 by

Blow the trumpet! The content of these 12 verses in Leviticus 25 is plain. Instructions from Yahweh to Moses presuppose that the Israelites are now living in the Promised Land. Each household has been allotted...

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MWC’s Renewal 2027 in Kenya celebrates revival

May 7, 2018 by and

KISUMU, Kenya — Seeking renewal, Mennonite World Conference representatives found it in Kenya, a nation whose Anabaptist history is defined by the Holy Spirit’s presence. As a band played “You are the...

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History: A Beachy Amish dalliance while on the lam

May 7, 2018 by

He arrived in the Beachy Amish community as Bill Sousa, a drifter with an aimless soul. He left as Ernest Collins, a convicted felon who rejected his brief dalliance with Anabaptism. Nearly 40 years later, his...

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King: Chain saws and Earth

May 7, 2018 by

During maybe the latest spring since we moved to our current home in 1993, I worked on my chain saw, then riding mower. I learned about expertise and limits. I wondered about connections with Planet Earth as...

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Watson: Chance to look ahead

May 7, 2018 by

Glancing at my calendar, I realize it’s already been almost a year since the Mennonite Church USA convention and barely more than a year until the next one. Recently the team planning the 2019 convention in...

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South Korean passion for missions inspires IMA leaders

May 7, 2018 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — Christians of the Global South are reimagining and reconstructing mission for the 21st century. The churches of South Korea are in the forefront. A group of Anabaptists recently visited...

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U.N. Witness: Preventing war, one bridge at a time

May 7, 2018 by

As a Vietnamese Mennonite working for peace, I have found Matt. 26:52 — “Put your sword back into its place” — a significant verse. Everybody knows war is terrible, and we should work to prevent...

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Precious in God’s sight

May 7, 2018 by

Heard any good prophecy lately? Not the kind that predicts the future. The kind that awakens the moral conscience, rebukes sin and energizes hope. Mennonite Church USA has received just such a prophecy this...

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Death penalty testimony a matter of faith

May 7, 2018 by and

On Feb. 26, Greta Lindecrantz of Denver was a mitigation specialist working in the legal system to help a man avoid the death penalty. On Feb. 27, she was an inmate in the Arapahoe County Detention Center. It...

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Merger proposal

May 7, 2018 by

Merger is a great idea for MWR and The Mennonite. We need this kind of merging/collaboration in our institutions. I received my church news for years from MWR, and my Beachy Amish aunt is a regular reader of...

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Criminally Christian

May 7, 2018 by

Christianity was an illegal movement in its infancy. The first adult baptisms were punished by death in 1527. Christians, especially Anabaptists, have often faced the choice to obey God or the state. Defying...

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What kind of God?

May 7, 2018 by

Listening to discussions on pastoral leadership and church divisions, it sounds like we want strong leaders who lead in our preferred way and preach sermons that prooftext our theology. But I hear Jesus...

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A personal Savior

May 7, 2018 by

David Rensberger asks: Where in the New Testament is Jesus described as anyone’s personal Savior? (“MC USA’s Biblical Evangelism,” April 9). The theme of the entire New Testament is the need to...

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New readers, new believers in Congo

Apr 30, 2018 by and

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — A year ago, female church leaders from the three Mennonite denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo began work on a churchwide program, “Evangelization...

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At last, Ethiopian conference opens new head office

Apr 30, 2018 by

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — After decades of dreaming, planning and fundraising, the Mese­rete Kristos Church in Ethiopia held a grand opening ceremony in February for its new head office. The MKC is the...

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Faith Builders anchors knowledge in wisdom

Apr 30, 2018 by and

GUYS MILLS, Pa. — On a Tuesday afternoon, 22-year-old Andrew Shenk leads a competitive trivia game for 13 fifth- and sixth-graders reviewing facts about Alaska, Hawaii and the Spanish-American War. He’s...

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Conference on Mennonites and Holocaust should come to Canada

Apr 23, 2018 by

I have followed the reports of the Mennonites and the Holocaust Conference that took place March 16-17 at Bethel College with keen interest. Three different life experiences have shaped my personal interest in...

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