Kriss: Peace in the midst of turbulence

May 13, 2019 by

Recently I was in Sarasota, Fla., due to the forces of what church historian Phyllis Tickle describes as the church’s every-500-year rummage sale. Tickle’s words in her book The Great Emergence have...

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The day God ‘thought twice’

Mar 4, 2019 by

“I am the Lord Your God . . . I change not!” so declared Jehovah in Mal. 3:6, in the context of noting that because God remained faithful to his covenant to the children of Israel, the descendants of Jacob...

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Longhurst: Controversy defused

Sep 24, 2018 by

It was big news in Canada when the Supreme Court denied an appeal by Trinity Western University to have a decision against its law school overturned because of the university’s stance against...

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Change without a bang

Sep 4, 2018 by

As a child, one of the things that fascinated me about Mennonites of the past was dress, particularly the head covering. What would it have been like to be marked, physically, by your religion? To have people...

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Kriss: Change is constant; control is not

Apr 9, 2018 by

The idea of progress and continual growth is a lie we’ve believed from modernity. Growing up in western Pennsylvania during the collapse of industry and manufacturing, I’ve learned things don’t always...

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Winds of change

Dec 26, 2017 by

It seems like everyone is writing about church these days. Asher Witmer wrote a series examining his history and experience with the Mennonite church, and what he is seeking and hoping for. Harvey Yoder...

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Reflections from Orlando: Change is happening

Jul 18, 2017 by

I spent most of the first week of July in Orlando, Fla., being a delegate at the Mennonite Church USA convention. Confession: I don’t like conventions. There’s the dungeon-esque nature of the whole place...

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Longhurst: Liberals who thrive

Mar 27, 2017 by

Last fall, researchers from two Ontario universities set out to discover why mainline churches in Canada are dying. Of the 22 Anglican, United, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches they surveyed, all in Ontario,...

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God changes his mind, because love is adapting

Sep 7, 2016 by

For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability — God is the same yesterday as...

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Slippery slopes don’t always go downhill

May 9, 2016 by

Never underestimate the power of an analogy. And never simply accept it. — James K. A. Smith I am not always the most rational of persons. I’m prone to exaggeration and catastrophizing, so it isn’t...

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Trust while shrinking

Feb 1, 2016 by

“Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. . . . I think that the Christian church across Canada is experiencing such a time of dramatic...

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Change in the church

Jan 28, 2016 by

Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. I wish there was an emoticon for anxiety to accompany my thoughts on change. I think that the...

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New life from loss

Dec 21, 2015 by

Blackened trusses stand against the sky above the walls of an old church that burned. I often pass the corner where the church has sat since long before I knew the neighborhood’s name, long before I was...

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Puzzling visions

Apr 14, 2014 by

As a child I remember my mom being concerned about the Mennonite church. It was losing its identity. Mennonites were becoming less different from the world in the ways they dressed and thought. What looks like...

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