No statehood ambitions

Apr 25, 2016 by

Regarding “Leg­acy of a Mennonite State” by Ben Goossen (April 11): The headline seems inappropriate and misleading. What legacy or what Mennonite state is he referring to? Did Har­old S. Bender really...

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Stand with Palestinian Christians

Apr 25, 2016 by

J. Nelson Kraybill fails to mention (“Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict,” March 28) that the Palestinian church is advocating for BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions)...

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Alternative history

Apr 25, 2016 by

I was excited to read how John Sharp teaches history at Hesston College (“How I Teach History Differently,” April 11). The two books for extra reading that he mentions are based on solid information and a...

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Home is belonging, not owning

Apr 25, 2016 by

Ninety-nine Homes has a rare mix in a film: It’s suspenseful, yet deals with complex ethical issues. The drama centers on the lives of people in central Florida a few years after the 2008-09 financial...

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Evana envisions stronger evangelical Anabaptist voice

Apr 25, 2016 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Leaders of the emerging Evana Network want to help their congregations speak up. “We’ve heard this perception of [Anabaptists as] the quiet in the land, struggling how to know how to...

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Christianity’s ‘exaggerated stuff’

Apr 25, 2016 by

“Yes, we are Christians,” an elderly man said on a sidewalk on the Greek island of Milos after giving directions to my wife, Ellen, and me. “But we don’t believe the exaggerated stuff.” The...

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Bible: Jesus, the discomforter

Apr 25, 2016 by

Jesus certainly makes us uncomfortable in this selection from Luke 17. Verses 1-10 are a collection of Jesus’ sayings. First is a warning not to cause one of these “little ones” to stumble. “Little...

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Spirit and Scripture

Apr 25, 2016 by

More than halfway through the Easter season, we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, observed May 15 this year. Seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance is a theme repeated often during...

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Anglican Mennonites

Apr 25, 2016 by

What’s the fastest-growing Mennonite church in Winnipeg? St. Margaret’s Anglican. That joke came back to me early this month when I learned that the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada and...

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Just-war theory appraised

Apr 25, 2016 by and

A first-of-its-kind conference April 11-13 in Rome gathered Catholic educators and activists around the idea of moving beyond just-war theory to a greater emphasis on proactive peacemaking and Jesus’...

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Values made clear

Apr 25, 2016 by

Beside a single candle glowing in the Beth­el College chapel, a student sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” The song’s power came not only from the strength of the singer’s voice but also from the...

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Hmong in Thailand make an Anabaptist relationship official

Apr 25, 2016 by and

The Mennonite family can now add Hmong to the growing number of ethnic groups embracing Anabaptism in Asia. A group of Hmong churches in Thailand and Mennonite Church USA have agreed to make official a...

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Book review: ‘Bearing Witness’

Apr 25, 2016 by

An elected public official who refuses to fulfill the responsibilities of her position is lauded as a martyr when she is briefly jailed. Businesses that discriminate against a class of people by denying them...

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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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Franklin Conference votes to leave Mennonite Church USA

Apr 19, 2016 by and

Franklin Mennonite Conference is leaving Mennonite Church USA, the third conference in nine months to announce a withdrawal. At their annual spring meeting April 18 at Marion Mennonite Church in Chambersburg,...

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Candidate of choice for EMU president announced

Apr 13, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Eastern Mennonite University’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman as its candidate of choice to be EMU’s ninth president at an April 13 all-campus...

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