Opinion: Why do they do the offering that way?

Oct 12, 2015 by and

UYO, Nigeria — I had a light-bulb moment last December during the annual convention of Mennonite Church Nigeria. I was with Femi Fatunmbi, pastor at Royal Dominion International Church in Los Angeles. He...

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God’s calling is not just for a select few

Oct 8, 2015 by

On Sept. 12, 1965, I delivered my first sermon as a newly licensed minister at Zion Mennonite near Broadway, where I served for more than 20 years. I’m not exactly comfortable with all of the messages I...

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God can plant seeds where tears are falling

Aug 7, 2015 by

Our community lost someone a few weeks ago: a young wife, mother of five, a friend and mentor, a follower of Jesus with a passion for the lost. She was living, laughing, serving, loving God with all she had,...

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An unexpected pastoral blessing in Kansas City

Jul 1, 2015 by

I was not prepared to be called forward in front of 4,500 people. I was sitting on the far edge of the room where the air conditioning didn’t quite reach, wearing the almost neon yellow jersey of the...

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Going a third way at Penn State

Jun 1, 2015 by and

The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church in State College, Pa., never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first...

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Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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Spiritual steps of St. Patrick

May 25, 2015 by

Among the dozens of guides to spirituality that swamp today’s bookstore shelves, one by Jamie Arpin-Ricci stands above the rank-and-file. Arpin-Ricci, an Anabaptist who helped found the mission-oriented...

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Manitoba church fills 100 panes with stained glass

May 11, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — As fire transforms sand into glass, so God’s power transforms people into beautiful reflections. For a group of 20 from River East Mennonite Brethren Church, this truth became tangible as...

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22 time-tested ways to love your pastor

Apr 30, 2015 by

Thriving in ministry doesn’t depend solely on what any one pastor does or doesn’t do. Congregations play a critical role. I know that my church has done a great deal to support and enable me to thrive. So...

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The rise of the dones — done with church, that is

Apr 28, 2015 by

One of the fastest growing religious groups in Canada today is the nones. These are people who, when asked if they have a religious preference, say “none.” But there’s another group that is also gaining...

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Opinion: Don’t break up the body

Apr 27, 2015 by

About 40 Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders gathered March 14 to discuss the Mennonite Church USA survey of credentialed leaders on issues related to people in same-gender relationships. We learned that...

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Are we training pastors for jobs that no longer exist?

Apr 24, 2015 by

It’s safe to say that the traditional expression of church has varied little in the Western world. This form worked well when the dominant culture was agrarian, most people were uneducated and illiterate,...

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The traveler

Apr 20, 2015 by

I saw him the moment I stepped outside my office, visible through the glass front doors — the man sitting beneath the church carport. He wore a beard and a ragged sweater, and beside him lay a small hiking...

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The test question for your church

Apr 16, 2015 by

We tend to measure the “success” of a church by numbers. I propose in A Fellowship of Differents another way of measuring whether or not our church measures up to the kind of success that the Bible...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

Apr 13, 2015 by and

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen,...

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Holy Week is hard

Apr 2, 2015 by

I love involving children in our Palm Sunday worship — letting them parade around and wave palms while the adults sing our Hosannahs. And I really love to celebrate Easter with children — with baskets and...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Mar 30, 2015 by and

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the...

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The small politics of the church

Mar 24, 2015 by

If you read a lot of Anabaptist theology you know that a key insight regarding the social and political witness of church is this: The social and political witness of the church is simply being the...

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Leading with zeal

Mar 18, 2015 by

I sat on the back porch, sinking into the lawn chair with a sense of triumph. I had just installed what was sure to be the ultimate squirrel-proof bird feeder. After spending a small fortune on birdseed, only...

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Syrian in Switzerland quilts for homeland

Mar 16, 2015 by and

MUTTENZ, Switzerland — There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and...

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Paralysis moves group to help

Mar 9, 2015 by and

LeRoy Goossen of Fresno, Calif., marked 20 years of paralysis Jan. 5. But thanks to a brotherhood of volunteers that traces its origin to his Mennonite Brethren church, it is rare for a weekday to go by...

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You lost me: Young adults and the church

Mar 5, 2015 by

Earlier this month, I was one of many who gathered in the new Marpeck Commons building at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man., to hear from a panel of “young adults” on their age group and the...

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Give up complaining for lent

Feb 27, 2015 by

“You better stop whinin’, pinin’,” sang Dolly Parton on her album Better Get to Livin’. If you’re “overweight, underpaid or under appreciated,” you’ll get no sympathy from her. Her...

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Worship our children?

Feb 2, 2015 by

Whatever [parents] are doing is for the child’s sake, and the child’s alone. Parents no longer raise children for the family’s sake or that of the broader world. — Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No...

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Rural churches face unique challenges

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Rural congregations are highly attuned to the seasons. While fields lie fallow and winter wheat slumbers, representatives from Midwestern Mennonite Church USA conferences gathered in Kansas...

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