Burying Bibles

Dec 12, 2019 by

We were moving to smaller quarters in Hillsboro, Kan., and needed to downsize, including downsizing our library. Books collected over years that documented my intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage and their...

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Far-flung outposts translate Plain life

Sep 30, 2019 by and

After Cory Anderson published his overview of every Amish Mennonite congregation in the United States and Canada — The Amish-Mennonites of North America — there was only one place to go: everywhere...

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Longhurst: Faithful fantasy

Sep 2, 2019 by

If you love geek culture — Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings and more — and you’re a Christian looking for devotional material that combines the two, you are in luck. In...

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A very private residence

Jun 18, 2019 by

In 2005, Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda went on trial in Wichita, Kan., on federal charges that included Medicare fraud and involuntary servitude. A friend of mine attended the trial with the intention of...

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USMB board tests statement on women in ministry

May 27, 2019 by

U.S. Mennonite Brethren are discerning what — if any — changes could be considered when it comes to women in ministerial leadership. The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches denominational...

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Canadian author looks back on controversy, faith

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Fifty-seven years ago, a young Mennonite author published a book that turned the Canadian Mennonite world upside down. That author was Rudy Wiebe, and the book was Peace Shall Destroy Many — the first novel...

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Andres: Windows to truth

Jan 21, 2019 by

Someone asked me what books have shaped my thinking or best represent the way I see reality. This got me thinking about how these books are like glimpses through windows that help me see the way the world...

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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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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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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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Not your typical birthday bash

Apr 6, 2015 by

I love a good party. Perhaps that’s to be expected of a director of development and church relations. You’d think someone whose job it is to meet people would enjoy being in a crowd. But the party I am...

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On the paths with Muslims

Mar 2, 2015 by

David Shenk, longtime East Africa missionary and Eastern Mennonite Missions ambassador and administrator, is also a widely read interpreter of Christian mission in Islamic contexts. Twelve Paths is his fourth...

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How a false prophet led Amish to violence

Jan 5, 2015 by

The attacks on Amish families described in Renegade Amish feel entirely surreal: because they were perpetuated by other Amish and because they were so violent, so seemingly inexplicable. Could people known for...

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Faith formation with children

Jun 17, 2014 by

Last week was Pentecost, that time each year when we remember the Holy Spirit coming upon those first believers with a rush of wind and “tongues, as of fire.” Talking with a 3-year-old about the Holy...

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‘Never Pray Again’

May 28, 2014 by

This post is part of a blog tour for the book Never Pray Again by Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson. Clawson received a copy of the book as a participant in this blog tour. Prayer can hurt. All too...

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