Examining our essentials

Apr 24, 2017 by

Even if you think you’ve got the basics of Anabaptism down, you can always benefit from a refresher. Palmer Becker’s Anabaptist Essentials, released last month by Herald Press, runs through the basics in...

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We are still willing

Mar 31, 2017 by

I remember Michael J. Sharp (MJ) as a rambunctious junior high kid from the time we overlapped life at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and Scottdale in Western Pennsylvania. I’ve been aware of his work...

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Plain groups: work-family bond resists worldly ways

Mar 27, 2017 by and

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Today’s North American economy presents daunting challenges for building the ideal faith community, according to David Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo. “Why does there seem to be among...

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Two good names

Mar 13, 2017 by

There are good reasons why Mennonite World Conference might want to change its name. Globally, “Anabaptist” resonates more widely than “Mennonite” to identify the peaceful, believer-baptizing...

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Mennonite World Conference considers name change

Mar 6, 2017 by and

Conversation about changing the name of Mennonite World Conference has moved beyond the Executive Committee. At meetings the week after the Feb. 12 MWC Renewal 2027 event in Augsburg, Germany, the committee...

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Book review: ‘Martyrs Mirror: A Social History’

Feb 27, 2017 by

Martyrs Mirror has shaped the Anabaptist tradition more powerfully than any book besides the Bible. That is the premise of David L. Weaver-Zercher’s masterful new history of Thieleman J. van Braght’s...

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Remembering a faith journey of 500 years

Feb 20, 2017 by and

AUGSBURG, Germany — A Mennonite World Conference event looking forward to the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism looked back on the movement’s foundation in the primacy of Scripture. Regional Anabaptists and...

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Martyrs relevant in Thailand

Oct 31, 2016 by and

DET UDOM, Thailand — A simple open-air pavilion at the Life Enrichment Church Center served as the location for the third Thai Anabaptist Gathering Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Most of the 150 people who attended were...

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We’re never ‘naked’

Oct 10, 2016 by

Rachel Stella wrote a good article (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12), and Joe Miller’s quest for a baggageless faith would be shared by many modern Mennonites. Still, the idea of a...

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No ‘naked Anabaptists’

Sep 26, 2016 by

I appreciate Joe Miller’s effort in cross-cultural learning (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12). I think he is a bit naive to believe he discovered in England a “naked Anabaptism.”...

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What this generation of Anabaptists really needs

Sep 26, 2016 by

Christianity is messy. At least in America. We have far too many factions and variations of church — pick which one you like best, and when the going gets rough, pick again. This generation doesn’t need...

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U.K. reveals Anabaptism without baggage

Sep 12, 2016 by and

What does “Anabaptist” look like when you strip off the Mennonite clothing? That’s the question Joe Miller, lead pastor of Mellinger Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., set out to answer. After hearing...

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Like the first syllable of ‘shitake’

Aug 29, 2016 by

What would it take to make the Apostle Paul cussing mad? Fellow Jews or Christians maintaining barriers that kept others from full acceptance in the faith community — that would do it. Harsh language about...

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‘What’s an Anabaptist?’ Or is it ‘Who’s an Anabaptist?’

Aug 23, 2016 by

The best way to sort out “what” an Anabaptist is is by finding the stories of Anabaptists. Peter Mommsen’s exceptional study, Homage to a Broken Man, the story of J. Heinrich Arnold, is one of the finest...

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Value of diversity

Aug 15, 2016 by

I appreciated “Different Assignments” (Editorial, July 18). Rachel Stella points us to an understanding of the church that transcends our denominational orientations. Anabaptists are rooted in a...

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Making trouble

Jul 1, 2016 by

During a recent trip to the Netherlands for work, I had the opportunity to stop by the Singelkerk in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it in time for service, but I did experience a fantastic tour by a...

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What does church mean to us?

May 19, 2016 by

I spent a good chunk of one recent morning in an online discussion about the future of Mennonite Church Canada with a handful of other young-ish pastors from across the nation. It was interesting to be...

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Brethren in Christ propose changing MWC’s name

May 16, 2016 by and

Mennonite World Conference is considering a request to change its name to something more inclusive of its diverse members. César García, MWC general secretary, said leaders of the Brethren in Christ Church...

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What being Anabaptist is not

May 11, 2016 by

Over the years, since I personally rediscovered my Anabaptist roots and have spent time exploring and uncovering what it means to be an Anabaptist-minded Christian, I’ve had many conversations with folks...

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A decade for unity

May 9, 2016 by

Beginning with a conference next February in Augsburg, Germany, Renewal 2027 will be a 10-year series of Mennonite World Conference events culminating in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginnings...

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Spirit’s strange words

Apr 25, 2016 by

I am fascinated by the power and possibility of Pentecost. Whether the speakers were suddenly gifted with new languages or the hearers simply understood the gibberish in some way, it’s among my favorite New...

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A prayer for my generation

Mar 28, 2016 by

My generation of Anabaptists isn’t just throwing things out. At least I don’t think we are. Every generation has to find their place in life and the grand mosaic of history. The times are different for...

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Sexual abuse among plain groups’ concerns

Mar 28, 2016 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — If plain communities don’t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost. That was Chester Weaver’s sober message...

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An open letter to the church from the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges, universities and ...

Mar 15, 2016 by

Dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, As presidents of the schools to whom many of you have entrusted the formation of future leaders for our church’s witness in the world, we want to say with...

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Opinion: It’s good to be nobody

Jun 8, 2015 by

Amos Hershey Leaman was the first Mennonite at Chicago Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1915, smitten by the vision of good, white Protestants. They taught immigrants, went into cities, spoke out on...

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