The economy of Jesus

Aug 15, 2016 by

Capitalism is killing Christianity. When a seminary friend first suggested this theory to me a year ago, I thought it was overblown. I have no affinity for capitalism as an economic system. I’m as much an...

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Opinion: A white Christian’s place

Aug 15, 2016 by

On a Sunday afternoon, after a sedate morning worship gathering, I took a hand-lettered sign and boarded the train to join whatever marchers might be gathering in downtown Atlanta after the latest spate of gun...

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Parallel universes

Aug 15, 2016 by

Two parallel Mennonite universes passed in close proximity July 29. Thirty miles apart in south-central Kansas, two groups of Mennonites gathered. They were similar enough to focus on a common goal but...

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Bible: Boundary-shattering generosity

Aug 15, 2016 by

The key to understanding Paul’s wrestling with the “what about Israel?” question in the Book of Romans is to recognize that he concludes with a strong affirmation of God’s saving intentions. In their...

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Growing thrift store gives back to Cheyenne community

Aug 15, 2016 by and

When Suzette Shreffler caught a man stealing from her thrift store, she did not call the police. She confronted him, explained to him why stealing was wrong and had him volunteer for an hour to make...

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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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Virtually real church

Aug 15, 2016 by

This summer, my family acquired one of the latest revolutions in virtual reality — a headset that uses a smartphone as a display. It looks like a giant visor, and once you hold it up to your eyes and strap...

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Genesis genocide

Aug 15, 2016 by

I was disappointed that heirs of the Anabaptist vision would acknowledge the ancient flood story of genocide with a photo and article (“Ark Replicates Genesis,” July 18). To recognize the Amish and...

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Ending Latin America’s longest conflict

Aug 15, 2016 by

The possible signing of a peace agreement between the guerrilla group FARC and the Colombian government brought for me, as a Colombian Mennonite, a sense of hope that the path to peace is starting in my...

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Book review: ‘For His Sake’

Aug 15, 2016 by

A loud rap on the door interrupts the mealtime of Mennonites Johann and Barbara Strausz and their children in June 1815. They live in Polish Austria, where they farm the land and live in peace, exempted from...

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Missionaries of mercy

Aug 15, 2016 by

The story of thrift store manager Suzette Shreffler’s practice of dealing with thieves is inspiring and challenging. After confronting a man she caught stealing, she had him volunteer for an hour, gave him...

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Hate the sin

Aug 15, 2016 by

John Longhurst (North of the 49th, July 18) tells of his friend James Toews’ desire for the church to “move past the statement to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin’.” Toews goes on to say, “Jesus...

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The CO Mennonites once found objectionable

Aug 15, 2016 by

Nearly 50 years ago, the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all time became the greatest religious conscientious objector to war of all time. Because of his Muslim faith, Muhammad Ali, the talented and...

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EMM Kingdom teams partner to help refugee students

Aug 15, 2016 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Middle school students from refugee families are expanding their language skills and cultural understanding, thanks to a program with Eastern Mennonite Missions involvement. Leap into...

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First woman to direct Congo Bible school

Aug 15, 2016 by and

Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi’s eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called — the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic Republic of Congo. She...

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Anabaptist Renewal Circles seeks to spark a revival

Aug 10, 2016 by and

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. — As the North American church declines, people still love Jesus somehow. But Jesus’ followers? Not so well-loved. “They think we stick with our own,” said Hugh Halter, the...

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New York pastor begins 780-mile prayer walk

Aug 10, 2016 by

On Aug. 7, Pastor Al Taylor of Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem, N.Y., headed west, on foot, toward Paterson, N.J. — a 20-mile trek from his starting point in Manhattan but just the first leg of a 34-day...

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Mennonite Church USA sexual abuse panel withdraws from investigation

Aug 10, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention has terminated its participation in the process to select an independent organization to look into institutional responses to allegations of abuse by...

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