A pastor’s life, by one who loves it

Oct 12, 2015 by

Aw, shucks. Larry beat me to it. I’ve been dreaming of writing a memoir of pastoral life describing critical moments of formation and practice. But Hauder, a Mennonite Church USA pastor and retired area...

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Theater addresses MC Canada sexuality conflict

Sep 28, 2015 by and

Theatre of the Beat in Stouff­ville, Ont., is taking on same-sex sexuality and gender within Mennonite Church Canada in a new play written by artistic director Johnny Wideman. “We would hear, ‘Oh, if you...

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Some questions about heaven

Sep 28, 2015 by

Heaven, what used to be the primary motivator for many to become a Christian, or be a faithful Christian, has fallen on hard times. I discuss each of these questions (below) in my book, The Heaven Promise. I...

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Are Californians different?

Sep 28, 2015 by

This survey of Mennonite migrations and developments in California from 1850 to 1975 focuses on three groups — the Mennonite Breth­ren, the General Conference Mennonites and the Mennonite Church —...

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Immortal horrors or everlasting splendors

Sep 14, 2015 by

Stories about artificial intelligence and robots can be good opportunities to explore what it means to be human. That’s the case in AMC’s Humans, a series set in present-day London where human-looking...

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A father’s life, from a daughter’s view

Sep 14, 2015 by

“I never saw my father saunter,” says Katie Funk Wiebe as she introduces the hero of her latest book — her father, Jacob J. (Jake) Funk. These few words tell readers we are meeting a man of action — a...

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Killing God, finding God

Aug 31, 2015 by

The title of Emily Hedrick’s novel might initially seem problematic, even sacrilegious. What believer would wish to read the confessional work of someone who has killed God, even in fictional form? Yet...

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What makes a life matter?

Aug 19, 2015 by

It was 36 degrees Celsius around these parts yesterday, which, for many Canadians used to considerably more chilly climes, means a general experience of sticky, sweaty unbearableness that makes us despair of...

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On stories, sadness and spoilers

Aug 17, 2015 by

I was pacing in the living room. My son had been making his way through the Harry Potter series all summer, and he was reading the climactic chapter in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince....

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Moral failures of the ‘good war’

Aug 17, 2015 by

In The Good War That Wasn’t — And Why It Matters: World War II’s Moral Legacy, Ted Grimsrud attempts to prove that American involvement in the war was unnecessary and unjust, that tactics employed were...

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Staying radical

Aug 17, 2015 by

Poet Jeff Gundy offered a workshop on Mennonite writing during Mennonite World Conference’s assembly. Tucked away in a hard-to-find, overcrowded room overlooking youth playing basketball in a gym, a...

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The Hutterite way to be plain

Aug 3, 2015 by

Linda Maendel is the first Hutterite to write and illustrate a children’s book. She blogs, writes news articles and teaches school. Hutterite Diaries is one of the Plainspoken series — insider stories by...

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The law is not enough

Aug 3, 2015 by

One of the reasons I love comic book stories is because I often see something of our own story in them. Daredevil is a Netflix series based on Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who dons a mask and uses his...

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‘MB Herald’ gets a reprieve

Aug 3, 2015 by

The shutdown of Mennonite Brethren Herald has been put on hold, but it is unclear what the future holds for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches’ denominational magazine. CCMBC leadership...

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Diverse Ontario a leader in unity

Jul 20, 2015 by

The “promised lands” of Sam Steiner’s comprehensive history of Mennonites in Ontario are both geographical and spiritual destinations. Ontario was a land of opportunity for Mennonites who came from...

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God of ‘will’ or God of love?

Jun 22, 2015 by

The question of how to understand the peaceable message of Jesus in relation to less-than-peaceable pictures of God in the Bible and in the Christian tradition has challenged ethically concerned people of...

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Our ‘Tomorrowland’ today

Jun 22, 2015 by

Imagine experiencing a future of such beauty and possibility that it transforms the way you think about reality and the choices you make in the present. That’s what happens to Casey Newton — an optimistic...

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Guiding straight paths

Jun 22, 2015 by

Several years ago, while strolling through a farmer’s market just outside of Guatemala City, I encountered a group of teenagers dressed in distinctive, conservative Mennonite garb but speaking fluent Spanish...

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Filmmaker envisions documentary on Mennonites

Jun 22, 2015 by and

A Mennonite filmmaker has announced plans for a documentary that he hopes will be the highest-profile production ever focused on Mennonites. Buller Films and the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society at...

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Voice behind the cello

Jun 9, 2015 by

It is a show full of emotions – laughter, joy, pain, remorse, sadness and grace. Ted Swartz, in Listening for Grace, twists goosebumps into tears of sadness, only to transform them into tears of...

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Bethel’s 2015 issue of ‘Mennonite Life’ available now

Jun 8, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Two major sections of articles in the annual issue of Mennonite Life, now live, deal with the life and legacy of Vincent Harding and with ongoing issues surrounding theologian John...

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Spiritual steps of St. Patrick

May 25, 2015 by

Among the dozens of guides to spirituality that swamp today’s bookstore shelves, one by Jamie Arpin-Ricci stands above the rank-and-file. Arpin-Ricci, an Anabaptist who helped found the mission-oriented...

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Sing unto the Lord an old song

May 15, 2015 by

We walked into an old convent in the town of Cholula, Mexico. A choir from the University of the Americas was rehearsing for an evening concert. The program included music composed by Mexican and Spanish...

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Involving ourselves in stories — of suffering, redemption

May 14, 2015 by

Myths and stories breathe life into the way we construct our societies. Stories explain our origin, dictate our afterlife, and assign meaning to everything in between: friendship, marriage and families. As...

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Cartoonist and writer combined humor, insight

May 13, 2015 by and

Joel Kauffmann, whose cartoon strip Pontius’ Puddle has enlivened the pages of church periodicals for three decades and whose screenplay for the 1990 film The Radicals dramatized the birth of Anabaptism,...

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