Tabor alum is first Bluejay to make MLB roster

Aug 20, 2019 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Former Tabor College baseball player Jacob Webb has realized his dream: pitching in the major leagues. Webb was called up to the Atlanta Braves in April, becoming the first Tabor pitcher to...

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MC USA adjusting to smaller convention crowds

Aug 19, 2019 by and

While it is too soon to know how big a financial hit Mennonite Church USA’s convention took due to lower registration in July, denominational leaders are adjusting to the reality of smaller...

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Men and guns: Jesus vs. toxicity

Aug 19, 2019 by

Mass shootings get most of the attention in the conversation around gun violence. The numbers are indeed staggering. There have been more than 2,000 mass shootings in the United States since the Sandy Hook...

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The shocking neighbor

Aug 19, 2019 by

In the 1950s, dictator Fulgencio Batista and the rich and powerful of Cuba oppressed countless Cubans. On April 9, 1958, rebels against Batista called a strike. Batista fought back, including in Sagua la...

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No pawns here

Aug 19, 2019 by

Last month, Netflix released The Great Hack, a fascinating documentary focusing on the scandal that resulted after the revelation that British company Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal data of an...

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College in Tanzania brings fresh water to its neighbors

Aug 19, 2019 by and

Shouting, singing and celebration resounded throughout the village of Nyabange, Tanzania, as water flowed into tanks from Lake Victoria, which is just to the north of the Mennonite Theological College of East...

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Enduring witness of the ‘Bloody Theater’

Aug 19, 2019 by

The 17th century has been called the Dutch Golden Age, when the Nether-lands rose to international prominence in commerce, art and science. It was a gleaming era of prosperity for many, including...

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Book review: Without a Plea

Aug 19, 2019 by

Jeff Gundy’s new book of  poems is described on the cover as “sprawling,” “ambitious,” “probing and expansive.” I would add “roving and restless,” as Gundy ranges over a myriad of...

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Daughters who prophesy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Growing acceptance of female pastors is one of the positive Mennonite trends of the past half century. On July 27, Mennonite Church USA’s Western District Conference — a leader in gender equality —...

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Bible: Bargaining with God, and winning

Aug 19, 2019 by

The formal title of this lesson is “Faith and Doubt,” but the twists and turns in the complex narrative comprising Genesis 18-19 are worthy of a more dramatic title. How about “Debate, Destruction and...

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Warning in Scripture

Aug 19, 2019 by

J. Nelson Kraybill’s account of visiting the replica of Noah’s ark in Williamstown, Ky., (“Ark Encounters Modern Science”) was both sobering and hilarious. Imagine “juvenile dino­saurs” on the...

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Unique spiritual life

Aug 19, 2019 by

On July 27, about 40 people gathered at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a memorial service for Alice Bauman. Alice had prepared the service, reflecting the spirit of poustinia, the practice of...

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Weighing inerrancy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Thank you for publishing Ted Grimsrud’s “How I Gained, and Lost, Inerrancy.” I appreciated his pointing out that human doctrines and traditions are often mistakenly promoted as biblical truths rather...

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Central District aspires to follow where God leads

Aug 19, 2019 by and

MILWAUKEE — Sunlight streamed through stained glass windows as participants gathered at Milwaukee Mennonite Church for the annual meeting of Mennonite Church USA’s Central District Conference June...

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School gets new name — and a mascot

Aug 12, 2019 by and

In an effort to attract more students who do not identify as Mennonite or Anabaptist, Iowa Mennonite School is confronting a shrinking enrollment by changing its name. The school announced on July 30 it is...

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A system of (dis)trust

Aug 5, 2019 by

A long time ago, Ona, a leader in the Bolivian Mennonite Church, made an offhand but accurate comment: In Bolivia, everything is negotiable. I’ve found that to be true even now, more than two decades...

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