East Africans strengthen training for rural pastors

Apr 27, 2015 by , and

MWANZA, Tanzania — Mennonite bishops in Tanzania and Kenya are striving to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors. They are working with Eastern Mennonite Missions workers Joe and...

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White fragility

Apr 27, 2015 by

We have heard many apologies in recent months, particularly from white communities, regarding racial, ethnic and gender issues. There has been a lot to apologize for. Politicians, sportswriters, newscasters...

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Not by coercion

Apr 27, 2015 by

I encourage all delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention to read “Christ-Centered Unity Is Still Possible” by John M. Miller (March 30). He suggests that our “obedience to Jesus” has been...

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Turning to Jesus, everything changes

Apr 27, 2015 by

George Nyaundi grew up as a traditional African in Enemesi, Kenya. He and his family knew nothing of Jesus. His tribal background was Kisii, though he lived among the Maasai. His grandfather had moved into...

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Opinion: Being pro-Jesus on Israel-Palestine

Apr 27, 2015 by

There is a growing concern among evangelical Christians for the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Prominent leaders such as Lynn Hybels of Willow Creek Church and Gary Burge of Wheaton College are visiting the...

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Values with value

Apr 27, 2015 by

Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman gave a convocation speech in February at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. He encouraged the students to read each book of the Bible for its own unique message. Pointing out...

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Listen to Jesus

Apr 27, 2015 by

Excluding LGBT people has become the main default agenda of some Mennonite congregations. The recently announced new fellowship of congregations appears to have fallen in line with all the other groups who...

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Where is the line?

Apr 27, 2015 by

Jokingly I told a Mennonite farmer that we should be discussing glyphosate at our denominational convention. Can a Mennonite farmer spray glyphosate, the herbicide in the common weedkiller Roundup, in light of...

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Opinion: Don’t break up the body

Apr 27, 2015 by

About 40 Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders gathered March 14 to discuss the Mennonite Church USA survey of credentialed leaders on issues related to people in same-gender relationships. We learned that...

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Finding spirituality with an open heart

Apr 27, 2015 by

The concept of a “mellow heart” is not common in everyday conversation. But with the help of a new book by siblings Donald Clymer and Sharon Clymer Landis, The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening,...

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Year after girls’ abduction, Nigerians’ hearts still ache

Apr 27, 2015 by

The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria continues to mourn the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls — and members’ loss of life and property — a year after the kidnapping. On April 14, 2014, the Islamist...

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Exit the detour

Apr 27, 2015 by

In the early church, authority resided in the congregation. The believers at Antioch received the letter from the Jerusalem conference not as a rule but “rejoiced at the exhortation” (Acts 15:31, NRSV)....

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‘Hybrid’ seeds

Apr 27, 2015 by

As spring warms the earth, wheat fields wake from their winter slumber. Rockets of gluten rise from the plains and turn to amber waves of parables. The stories Jesus tells in Matthew 13 revolve around sowers,...

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Indiana-Michigan cites Goshen pastor’s ‘variance’ for same-sex ceremony

Apr 22, 2015 by and

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference has identified a Goshen, Ind., pastor as at variance with its teaching position for officiating a same-sex covenant ceremony. The pastor, Karl Shelly of Assembly Mennonite...

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Goshen, Ind., confronts its sundown town past

Apr 20, 2015 by and

When Dan Shenk began researching the sundown town history of his city, Goshen, Ind., he was surprised how much information he found. He read about it in sociologist James Loewen’s book, Sundown Towns: A...

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With a name and leaders, Evana group moves ahead

Apr 20, 2015 by and

Evana Network will be the name of a new Anabaptist group of churches set to launch in September. Evana announced its name — a combination of “evangelical” and “Anabaptist” — along with a...

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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

Apr 20, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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MC USA board sends ‘forbearance’ resolution to delegates

Apr 13, 2015 by and

“Forbearance” is the key word of a resolution the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board will send to convention delegates in July. Meeting April 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., the board approved the resolution...

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