Renewal Circles group plans first convention

Apr 28, 2014 by and

The recently organized group Anabaptist Renewal Circles will look to fuel spiritual renewal across many Mennonite Church USA conferences with a national convention this summer. Using the theme, “Proclaiming...

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Opinion: Welcoming, not affirming

Apr 28, 2014 by and

How should Mennonite churches respond to noncelibate gay or lesbian people? Pressure to accept them without reservation into the fellowship is strong. My decade and a half with a ministry to people dealing...

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Truth may divide

Apr 28, 2014 by

Turning the sin of homosexuality into just another harmless human practice will not alter it in God’s eyes. If we love those who have made this lifestyle choice, we will lovingly admonish them to forsake...

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Beachy statement

Apr 28, 2014 by

The 98 percent approval for a Beachy Amish Mennonite faith statement is misleading (see “Beachy Amish Define Beliefs”). By voting time, many had left; attendance was already down by one-third from...

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Jesus’ temptations are our own

Apr 28, 2014 by

Jesus was famished when the devil came to him. He wasn’t just hungry. It’s not like he just worked through lunch for a day or two. He was famished, which shares a root with the word “famine,” which is...

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Dismantle the church?

Apr 28, 2014 by

God is dismantling the church as we know it, some Mennonite leaders believe. They envision a church torn down and rebuilt by God. They picture old structures demolished and a fresh wind of the Spirit blowing...

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MDS ends Texas fire response

Apr 28, 2014 by , and

BASTROP, Texas — Mennonite Disaster Service has ended its project in Bastrop County after three fall and winter seasons of work in the central Texas community in response to 2011 wildfires. The MDS response...

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Splintering forces

Apr 28, 2014 by

The March 31 articles by Stephen Kriss (“Recovering Catholicity”) and Ben Corey (“It’s Hard to Have Christian Friends”), could not be more poignant in light of the splintering forces tearing at...

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‘Noah’ midrash

Apr 28, 2014 by

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah generated a great deal of discussion among Christian and Jewish film critics and leaders last month. Some raised concerns ranging from unease with non-biblical components to fears...

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Could conformity be enforced?

Apr 28, 2014 by

The Mennonite Church, after being immersed in turmoil for decades, was barreling toward a potentially catastrophic showdown. With implications for unity, discipline, polity, identity and biblical...

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Biblical alliance

Apr 28, 2014 by

In 1997 a group of ministers from the Conservative Mennonite Conference formulated a resolution lamenting the conference’s “theological drift” from its “historic moorings.” “We believe that...

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Russian video seminary addresses religious pluralism

Apr 28, 2014 by and

KURSK, Russia — Trinity Video Seminary recorded a new video course taught by David Shenk, global consultant for Eastern Mennonite Missions, in March. “What Difference Does Jesus Make in a World of Many...

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French speakers develop their network’s potential

Apr 28, 2014 by and

KINSHASA, Congo — With 235,000, Congo is the only country with a large number of French-speaking Mennonites. Otherwise, francophone Mennonites are usually small minorities in their countries. Through the...

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An evening of hope at the edge of war

Apr 28, 2014 by

It is often tempting to throw up one’s hands in despair as the United Nations, founded after World War II to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” seems helpless to even slow down the...

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MCC appeals for emergency aid to South Sudan

Apr 28, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is requesting donations to support the people of South Sudan who are suffering trauma and extreme hunger as they flee an armed conflict in their new nation. More than 800,000 people...

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Take a day for neighbors

Apr 28, 2014 by

GOOD Inc., a project offering space online to gather and share creative ideas for “living well and doing good,” created a holiday last year called Neighborday. On the last Saturday in April, people are...

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Florida school becomes part of a Global Family

Apr 28, 2014 by and

SARASOTA, Fla. — No more water bottles in class, Bible teacher Don Fry told the 10th-graders in his classroom at Sarasota Christian School. Looking confused, students pulled water bottles from their...

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Russian scholar uncovers Soviet-era history

Apr 21, 2014 by and

FRESNO, Calif. — The Mennonite experience in the former Soviet Union is more than family history — it is a way to understand the relationship between a state and its people. This was one of the themes of...

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Bibles for Bolivians, to read or to listen

Apr 21, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Norman Brown’s goal is to distribute the Plautdietsch (Low German) Bible free to every home in Bolivia where the language is spoken. Since Mennonite Brethren publisher Kindred Productions...

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Beachy Amish define beliefs

Apr 16, 2014 by and

YODER, Kan. — Beachy Amish Mennonite ministers adopted the group’s first statement of faith at their national meetings April 9-11. Outgoing bishops committee chair David Yoder of Partridge said the...

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