Future Church Summit: Be honest, and mourn

Aug 2, 2017 by

As the days have passed since the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Fla., I get more and more frustrated. As usual, I was happy to see old friends and make new connections, but as the glow of those...

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If conservatives feel silenced, we need to speak

Jul 26, 2017 by

I was not able to attend the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit in Orlando, Fla., but I followed with interest from a distance. I have since been putting together a composite picture of the event — a...

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Did the Future Church Summit silence conservatives? No

Jul 25, 2017 by

As I try to process my experience at the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit in Orlando, Fla. — and especially as I think about the events of the delegate session — scenes from my son’s teen years...

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My denomination continues to swing left

Jul 19, 2017 by

We delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando met for an initial four-hour session and then a concluding one-hour session. In between those sessions, a number of non-delegates joined us...

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Conservative Conference considers ‘Rosedale Network’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

In a move toward simplicity, a team of Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders has proposed a new name for the denomination: Rosedale Network. The Executive Board is asking CMC ministers for their response....

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Unified outlier

May 8, 2017 by

Every trend has exceptions. Even the decline of Christian denominations in North America. These venerable entities thrived during an era of trust in big institutions. Now, according to the most pessimistic...

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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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What does God want?

Jan 10, 2017 by

What does God want? If you go to a conservative Christian church, you know the answer to this question is: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and...

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Who’s winning at church?

Dec 12, 2016 by

Over the past few weeks, a number of people have inquired about my thoughts on a recent study conducted by Canadian scholar David Haskell which draws a strong connection between theological conservatism and...

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In praise of regress

Nov 2, 2016 by

I have been known, on exceedingly rare occasions, to exasperate my children (and my wife… and, um, other people…) with my insistence that language be used with as much precision and accuracy as possible....

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Friendly conservative suggestions to progressives

Jun 17, 2015 by

We in Mennonite Church USA are uneasy about our apparent impasse over same-sex relationships. As Michael King writes in his first “Blogging Toward Kansas City” entry (King plans to offer blog reflections...

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