Why we don’t have children’s church anymore

Dec 2, 2014 by

I’ve had a couple of conversations with parents over the past weeks about children’s church and its demise at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., where I am the minister of...

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I like Jesus. Do I have to be Religious?

Nov 24, 2014 by

Are you tired of the hypocrisy and greed of prosperity gospel preachers? Fed up with politicians appealing to religious sentiments in order to win elections and start wars? Do you feel like there must be...

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Germans mark 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 17, 2014 by and

Horst Krueger was happy to only attend one Sunday worship service Nov. 9 at Berlin Mennonite Church. The service — one of thanksgiving — reflected on a historic weekend 25 years earlier. Two Mennonite...

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My first high school reunion as a Mennonite pastor

Nov 5, 2014 by

I recently attended my first high school reunion as a Mennonite pastor. I am a relatively young pastor, and I think for some of my fellow alumni it was a bit strange to hear about my current career path. I was...

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What a 10-year-old’s devotion to OK Go can teach us about worship

Nov 3, 2014 by

Something very special happened last week to Martin Vlasits of Austin, Texas, 10-year-old grandson of our good friends Guy and Margie Vlasits. His parents, Jen and Stacy, took him to hear his favorite music...

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When you’re not enough

Oct 28, 2014 by

Modern life can be demanding. For some of us, it’s a challenge to get the dishes done and enough clean laundry in the drawers to get to work every day. Add kids or other committed relationships and you might...

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Rethinking our approach to singleness

Oct 22, 2014 by

In his opening editorial to the autumn issue of Mutuality, Tim Kruger cites this set of lines from the apostle Paul about singleness: I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned...

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Sky’s the limit for church building campaign

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Barb Krehbiel Gehring proved the sky’s the limit when raising funds for building a new church. On Sept. 28, Gehring, co-pastor of Manhattan (Kan.) Mennonite Church, skydived from 1,300 feet to boost...

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Skipping church

Oct 1, 2014 by

Last Sunday we, as a family, were exhausted. We, as a family, were skipping church. We go to church most Sundays. Matt and I ship our two kids dutifully off to Sunday school, and then we sit in our pew, side...

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Is it time to remove the flag from the church sanctuary?

Sep 17, 2014 by

If one were to walk into a church in the United States, it’s far more likely than not that somewhere on the stage in the sanctuary, there will be a U.S. flag. This tradition is one that spans across a wide...

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Wiping the blood away

Sep 16, 2014 by

I was taking Kristi to the grocery store as I do from time to time. Kristi is blind and in a wheelchair and she suffers from some cognitive disabilities. Kristi is a friend from church who I visit at her...

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Pa. church moves into former Polish Catholic building

Sep 15, 2014 by and

A Pennsylvania church plant’s journey to a permanent home passed through multiple habitats before arriving this year in a former Catholic church. Shenandoah (Pa.) Mennonite Church began when Pastor Dale...

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Embracing difference and green chili

Sep 9, 2014 by

It has been almost 20 years since I made a significant career and life change. Back in 1994 I was pastoring in a church where almost everyone looked, thought, and believed like me. In many ways this made being...

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Indicators of a biblical church

Aug 18, 2014 by

My daughter brought some of her Albuquerque garden soil to Iowa. Her tomato plants were looking yellow, and she suspected the acidity of her soil. With the help of pH paper, in minutes her soil was deemed...

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Church leaves Indiana-Michigan

Jun 23, 2014 by and

A Goshen, Ind., area congregation is leaving its conference and may affiliate with churches mostly in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Clinton Frame Mennonite Church has withdrawn from Mennonite Church USA’s...

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Pitching the perfect sermon

May 7, 2014 by

Pitching to the boys on my son’s coach-pitch baseball team in Houston is nerve wracking. There’s little in my week I concentrate more on or expect perfection at: I want them all to get a hit! And it...

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Do Old Order groups follow culture over Christ?

Feb 17, 2014 by

Jesus once told this (very paraphrased!) parable to modern day Mennonites: Two believers went to church to pray, one a modern Mennonite evangelical and the other a member of an Old Order group. The...

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