Getting together again: 2019 year in review

Dec 30, 2019 by and

Reconnection and revival led Mennonite news in 2019. Conferences reconciled, leaders traveled overseas to renew historic ties, and Mennonite Church USA sought an infusion of Spirit-filled life. Reconciliation...

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Renamed USMB North Carolina District eyes entire East Coast

Dec 30, 2019 by

The Mennonite Brethren North Carolina District Conference celebrated a name change, which highlights the potential for growth, at its annual convention. Two years ago, the district voted to change its name to...

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Muslims help to build a church in Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2019 by

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso — The Mennonite church in Burkina Faso has grown both physically and relationally over a decade, and the newest church is being built by Christians and Muslims working...

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Different is good

Dec 23, 2019 by

In a fast-changing world, a slow-moving church will get left behind. But a church that doesn’t fear change has a chance to thrive. Reviewing the year’s Anabaptist news, we see signs that Mennonites...

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Washington Witness: North American aid needs North Korean hands

Dec 23, 2019 by

When we walk into the hospital dining room, we see a young girl seated waiting to eat. She is an inpatient at a pediatric hospital about an hour and a half outside of Pyongyang, North Korea, hospitalized after...

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The Word of God in all its pages

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Recently I received a letter from a child I sponsor who lives in a small village half a world away. He told me his family are goat herders and his favorite food is maize. He asked me what I like to eat and...

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Andres: God’s story will provide

Dec 23, 2019 by

Last month, Princeton University professor of economics and Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller published a book on narrative economics, which looks at how stories affect individual and collective economic behavior...

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German prize honors activists in DR Congo

Dec 23, 2019 by

BAMMENTAL, Germany — The German Mennonite Peace Committee’s 2020 Michael Sattler Peace Prize will go to a group of nonviolent activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the name LUCHA, the group...

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‘Mom Squad’ works behind the scenes on new hymnal

Dec 23, 2019 by and

HARRISONBURG, VA — When some of the people working on the forthcoming Voices Together hymnal needed help with a big task, they called their moms. The task was daunting: The committee researching and...

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New Christmas tradition in Mexico

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Mennonites in Mexico are promoting a bright new Christmas tradition — one born of somber origins. The “Parade of Lights,” a nighttime procession of decorated vehicles and holiday party that took place on...

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Book review: Bowery Mission

Dec 23, 2019 by

When Pastor Jason Storbakken began planning his sermon for Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship’s commemoration of Native American Day (Columbus Day), he didn’t know it would be the second sermon he would preach...

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King: Surrender’s blessings

Dec 23, 2019 by

Though we’d just met when hospital orderlies called us each from waiting room to pre-op, she and I agreed: We didn’t want to go. Trained by a culture that prioritizes control over surrender, I asked my...

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History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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Bible: Houses for a king and for God

Dec 23, 2019 by

The place of the temple in biblical faith is complicated — with emphases on the temple as the God-ordained center for worship contrasted with sharp critiques from prophets that the temple helped empower...

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Candidates petitioned on military spending

Dec 23, 2019 by

Mennonites were among more than 30 faith groups signing a joint letter Dec. 9 urging U.S. presidential candidates to reduce military spending. The letter says the “federal budget’s increasingly distorted...

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Greatness or mercy?

Dec 23, 2019 by

Jonah was a reluctant agent of mercy (“What If Jonah Came to Us?” by Jane Yoder-Short, Dec. 9). Jonah is not mentioned among the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11, but Samson and many other flawed Old...

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Celebrate all of the season

Dec 23, 2019 by

As the season of Advent escalates to its apex on Christmas Day, it is a good time to remember Christ’s birth can and should be celebrated well after no more shopping days remain. Commercial interests drive...

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End of the ‘Herald’

Dec 23, 2019 by

Thank you, John Longhurst, for your analysis of the unfortunate demise of the Mennonite Brethren Herald (North of the 49th, Nov. 25). More than 35 years ago, I was a subscriber because I was raised in the...

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Goshen’s Christmas celebration to air in three states

Dec 20, 2019 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Residents of Indiana, Michigan and Kansas will have opportunities to enjoy Goshen College’s “A Festival of Carols,” an annual musical celebration of the holiday season, on public...

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Celebrating the holidays — and every day

Dec 16, 2019 by

Celebration is what we are called to. We are called to practice joy by celebrating. What we have to learn is how to celebrate life. Celebrating life is not a party but an awareness that every moment is special...

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Burying Bibles

Dec 12, 2019 by

We were moving to smaller quarters in Hillsboro, Kan., and needed to downsize, including downsizing our library. Books collected over years that documented my intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage and their...

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