Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

Mar 21, 2017 by

AUGSBURG, Germany — A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights. Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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Bible: Problems birthing a new community

Jan 30, 2017 by

Our February lessons are a long way from delighting in God’s creation through the Psalms, as we did last month. Centuries have gone by, and instead of “fire, hail, snow and frost,” we now confront parts...

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Baptisms of water, spirit, blood

Jan 11, 2016 by

In 1 John 5, three witnesses are named that authenticate Jesus: the baptisms of water, spirit and blood. An authentic Anabaptist witness will embrace all three. Too often, churches will emphasize only one and...

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Providing kids with faith — and freedom to ask questions

May 21, 2015 by

On Sunday I baptized two young people in my congregation — one was 13, and one was 30. Both talked — from their own developmental place — about the importance of faith and the church in their lives. The...

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Remembering my Amish baptism

Jul 11, 2014 by

I was baptized at the above Stuarts Draft, Va., Amish meetinghouse on a warm Sunday morning in June, 1954 — 60 years ago. At just under 15, I was the youngest member of a baptismal class of about a...

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Burkina Faso churches grow with many Easter baptisms

May 26, 2014 by , and

Baptisms have swelled the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso by more than 12 percent. Siaka Traoré, president of the Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, was surprised and pleased by the large number...

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Pacific shore is holy ground for Easter baptisms

May 12, 2014 by and

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The chilly spring waters of the Pacific Ocean didn’t deter 29 people from plunging beneath the surface this Easter as a public witness to the truth and power of the gospel. On April 20,...

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Believer’s baptism: Registering for the missionary draft

May 1, 2014 by

Those of us who favor believer’s or adult baptism over infant baptism haven’t always agreed on what stage in life a child should take this important step. Should it be at whatever age he or she...

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Water of baptism thicker than blood

Feb 26, 2014 by

We use words like suit­cases, don’t we? We pack each one carefully depending on where we intend to take it. We fold, tuck and cram bits and pieces of meaning into our words until, after awhile, they get...

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