Like the first syllable of ‘shitake’

Aug 29, 2016 by

What would it take to make the Apostle Paul cussing mad? Fellow Jews or Christians maintaining barriers that kept others from full acceptance in the faith community — that would do it. Harsh language about...

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Book review: ‘In Pursuit of Faithfulness’

Aug 29, 2016 by

In 1957 in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, communion was only served when a bishop was present. The bread and cup were reserved for church members who were deemed in good standing. This practice of...

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I confess: I am a pastor

Aug 29, 2016 by

I rarely identify myself as a pastor. Other trades I inhabit — writer, nonprofit administrator, professor — require less explanation. They come with lower expectations and fewer inhibitions. If you meet me...

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Opinion: Uniformity is weakness

Aug 29, 2016 by

While living in Botswana, I talked with a friend who wore a medallion identifying him as a member of the Zion Christian Church. Attached to it was a fringe of blue cloth. I asked what that meant. “I do it...

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Politically aloof

Aug 29, 2016 by

The Amish have never become involved in politics nor voted, and it’s not likely they will now (“Ads Introduce Trump to the Amish,” Aug. 1). They are aloof from the affairs of government. Newspaper ads...

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Cozy with culture

Aug 29, 2016 by

I appreciated immensely “Under the Sky, We Stumble Along” by Ryan Dueck (Blog, Aug. 1) and his suggestion for the need of “exegeting our own culture.” It made me think of something I read in Exclusion...

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Conversations in tension

Aug 29, 2016 by

In the days after the June 12 shooting that took 50 lives at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla., there were myriad news reports about dramatic phone and text conversations between people trapped in the club...

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Questions for voters

Aug 29, 2016 by

According to a Pew poll through July (“Do Pastors Wield Political Influence?,” Aug. 15), nearly four-fifths of evangelicals planned to vote for Donald Trump in November. I am surprised and concerned....

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Gay and welcome

Aug 29, 2016 by

The murder of 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., is rapidly fading from our thoughts. But for members of the gay community, the massacre represents more than a random terror attack. It was...

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Virginians put a charge into creation care

Aug 29, 2016 by and

Huntington Mennonite Church in Newport News, Va., is home to four electric car-charging stations, thanks to a member with a passion for creation care who wants to see other congregations take on similar...

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Generous orthodoxy

Aug 29, 2016 by

On his Aug. 11 podcast, journalist Malcolm Gladwell used the concept of “generous orthodoxy” to frame the story of Chester Wenger. It’s a positive approach to faith that is gaining ground among...

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In Philadelphia, Scripture speaks to an urban context

Aug 29, 2016 by and

When he was 15, Juan Marrero, now an Anabaptist pastor in Philadelphia, used a pair of boxing gloves to settle a dispute with a young man who attacked his aunt and broke her ribs. Hand-to-hand fighting isn’t...

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Bible: We won’t weep forever

Aug 29, 2016 by

Isaiah is a prophetic book, and these passages revel in describing what is to come for God’s people, a time when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. Among so many...

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Mennonite Mission Network donation supports racial justice education work

Aug 29, 2016 by and

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Joining other Christian denominations that support the anti­racism goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mennonite Mission Network will give $10,000 to partner with The Voices Project...

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Evangelical decline

Aug 29, 2016 by

Living so close to the United States, it is impossible for Canadians not to be inundated by U.S. news — and often impacted by it, too. As one of our former prime ministers put it, it’s like sleeping with...

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Goshen president to resign at end of school year

Aug 23, 2016 by

GOSHEN, Indiana — James E. Brenneman announced on Aug. 17 that he will step down from his role as the 16th president of Goshen College at the end of the 2016-17 academic year, concluding 11 and a half years...

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USMB convention delegates affirm ‘Future Story’ vision

Aug 23, 2016 by and

DENVER — The U.S. Mennonite Brethren national convention July 29‐30 was all about moving forward toward an unknown future. The mission USMB leaders believe God has given them for the next 10 years focuses...

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Amish: potential Trump voters?

Aug 23, 2016 by and

An effort to mobilize potential Amish voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing in spite of a decision by one nationally read newspaper to drop a...

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