Watson: Questions about marijuana

Oct 22, 2018 by

This November, four states will vote on legalizing marijuana: Utah and Missouri for medical use and North Dakota and Michigan for adult recreational use. If all four proposals pass, the national total would...

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Bible column: Blessing for the bold

Oct 22, 2018 by

Many Christians I know cannot stand Jacob. In technical terms, he’s what’s known as a “grade-A slime ball.” He steals from his brother, lies to his father, tricks his uncle and sleeps with his true...

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Trust not in division

Oct 22, 2018 by and

From church divisions to political mudslinging, trust is in short supply. Mennonite Church USA’s Southeast Mennonite Conference voted Oct. 5-6 to leave the denomination. The U.S. election — finally mere...

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Rights before birth

Oct 22, 2018 by

In “Pro-Birth or Pro-Life?”, the definition of “pro-life” as given by the writer — that it “ap­plies to the rights and respect everyone should be entitled to after birth” — is false. A human...

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What men can do

Oct 22, 2018 by

Men care about the statistic that 1 in 6 women will experience sexual assault. Men know it may be their mothers, wives, daughters, sisters or nieces who have been or will be attacked. What are men to do? Keep...

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Hurtful discussion

Oct 22, 2018 by

It’s upsetting to read that in 2018 the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is still discussing whether women can serve as lead pastors (“MBs to Gather for Study on Women in Ministry,” Sept....

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History: At war’s end, a last gasp of violence

Oct 22, 2018 by

One hundred years ago next month, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice brought World War I to an end, ceasing the four-year-old conflagration that resulted in 40 million casualties, unprecedented destruction and...

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King: Yays and High Fives

Oct 22, 2018 by

Sometimes it takes someone who is 2 (“and a half,” she stresses) to lead the way. For 40 years, starting in our 20s, weeks after the arrival of our first daughter, our family has spent summer retreat time...

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598 is not enough

Oct 22, 2018 by and

What are the chances that a Mennonite teenager today will go to a Mennonite Church USA college or university? Not that good, and much less than 10 years ago, according to Mennonite Education Agency. Over the...

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Book review: Warriors who renounced war

Oct 22, 2018 by

Three decades ago, Julie Putnam Hart sat in a peace lecture opposing the Stra­tegic Defense Initiative, commonly known as Star Wars. Intrigued by the presenter’s journey, she wanted to understand how a...

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Washington Witness: Today’s scapegoats

Oct 22, 2018 by

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal...

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Uruguayan MBs growing, with an assist from Brazil

Oct 22, 2018 by and

The Mennonite Brethren church in Uruguay is growing in a big way, and its transformation is an expression of increasing cooperation between MBs in Latin America. Consejo de las Congregaciones de los Hermanos...

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Southeast Conference withdraws

Oct 15, 2018 by and

After a three-year discernment process, delegates of Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA have voted to leave the denomination. Southeast’s Leadership Board brought the proposal to the...

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MCC nurses in Haiti help malnourished children

Oct 15, 2018 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On the steep, rocky path to Degrave, pieces of old asphalt, collected from a road demolition project many years ago, act as makeshift cobblestones. Like the road to Degrave, families...

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New Bethel president seeks harvest of learning

Oct 15, 2018 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The Bethel College community celebrated the inauguration of Jonathan C. Gering as the college’s 15th president on Oct. 7 during Fall Festival. The wheat design on the program and the...

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A formula for atheism

Oct 12, 2018 by

A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had...

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U.S. college, seminary enrollment mostly down

Oct 8, 2018 by and

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,...

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