Dark side to Amish religious freedom?

Aug 13, 2018 by and

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wisconsin v. Yoder decision has traditionally been hailed as a religious freedom victory for the Amish, some Amish people want to challenge the 1972 ruling. That’s one thing...

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Showalter: Dynamic, yet insular

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Korean Christian churches are an intriguing phenomenon of the past 100 years. Protestant Christianity arrived in Korea only after 1880, but the Korean church has flourished since then in ways that have...

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Godless state’s good way

Feb 12, 2018 by

The Netherlands is one of the most secular countries in Europe, yet it upholds principles of equality and compassion better than the predominantly Christian United States. Post-Christendom, as practiced by the...

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Before you punch a Nazi: A new Anabaptist response to white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017 by

There isn’t much to be surprised by in Charlottesville. There’s much to grieve, but none of it should be a surprise. All the elements of Saturday’s events have been in headlines for months, or years, and...

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Longhurst: Secular, not faithless

May 8, 2017 by

This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary. The government will host celebrations to mark the country’s heritage, cultural diversity, citizenship, social contract, respect for pluralism, official languages...

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The cults of Caesar and Christ

May 3, 2017 by

The original name for what would eventually became known as Christianity was “the Way.” You won’t find “Christianity” in the Bible, but you will find “the Way” seven times in the book of Acts. If...

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Challenging the narrative of rural decline

Oct 28, 2016 by

As the 2016 US election rattles into its final stretch, rural people and communities have gotten an ill-deserved bad rap. Commentators along the urban coastlines, seeking to understand rural voting patterns,...

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No ‘naked Anabaptists’

Sep 26, 2016 by

I appreciate Joe Miller’s effort in cross-cultural learning (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12). I think he is a bit naive to believe he discovered in England a “naked Anabaptism.”...

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Cozy with culture

Aug 29, 2016 by

I appreciated immensely “Under the Sky, We Stumble Along” by Ryan Dueck (Blog, Aug. 1) and his suggestion for the need of “exegeting our own culture.” It made me think of something I read in Exclusion...

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Opinion: Loss of the agrarian church leaves denomination poorer

Feb 1, 2016 by

This summer I made a road trip with a former Northern District Conference minister. We visited the sites of 10 rural churches in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, all formerly affiliated with the General...

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Growing together with refugees

Oct 23, 2015 by

I’ve been paying attention to Germany lately. And not just because my wife happens to be there visiting dear friends of ours who live in Bavaria (my daily act of spiritual discipline this week has been to...

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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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Complicated lines

Oct 12, 2015 by

Life is complicated for Daniel. Training to become a civil servant in a foreign country is tricky. Taking classes on the wisdom and literature of the Chaldeans is confusing. Studying astrology, omens and myths...

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Filmmaker envisions documentary on Mennonites

Jun 22, 2015 by and

A Mennonite filmmaker has announced plans for a documentary that he hopes will be the highest-profile production ever focused on Mennonites. Buller Films and the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society at...

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Toward Mennonite sexual integrity

Mar 23, 2015 by

The Mennonite church needs a conversation about sexual integrity, how people respect their own bodies and those of other people. Sexual abuse — and even sexual promiscuity — requires dehumanizing male...

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When culture is right

Mar 16, 2015 by

Letters to MWR have suggested that some Mennonites are changing our views on homosexuality and accepting gay and lesbian people because we are being influenced by our degenerate culture and not sticking to...

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Issue-based discussions must start with Scripture

Feb 16, 2015 by

We are a people who believe that the Bible is the revealed Word of God. We suffer those who disagree with that premise to participate in, and in some cases lead discussion on how this portion of God’s church...

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Opinion: Formed by culture?

Feb 2, 2015 by

All of us want any movement toward same-sex marriage to be shaped by the Spirit and the Word and not only by what we see and hear in the culture around us. Yet this is hard. We instinctively move toward...

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Now called by name

Jan 6, 2014 by

On the first Sunday of November, our lead pastor was out of town and asked me to lead communion in our Indonesian language worship gathering. We share small wafers and tiny cups of juice monthly as a reminder...

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