Book review: ‘Mennonites Encounter Hinduism’

Dec 7, 2015 by

Fifty years ago there was little public discussion of interfaith or inter-religious dialogue in Mennonite circles or in the Christian community generally. Some academic specialists and missiologists were...

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Ignoring our violence

Dec 7, 2015 by

Western District Conference’s passage of the Rainbow Resolution (“In Western District, Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Bring Censure,” Nov. 9) signaled a hope that we are ready to reject the violence of our...

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Leading Mennonite Brethren historian dies

Dec 7, 2015 by

FRESNO, Calif. — Paul Toews, a leading Mennonite Brethren historian who taught for 44 years at Fresno Pacific University and did groundbreaking research on Mennonites in Russia, died Nov. 27. He was...

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More than our family tree

Dec 7, 2015 by

Betsy Poling didn’t grow up Mennonite. Neither did her parents or her grandparents or her great-grandparents. Of German-Irish background, Poling grew up in Lima, Ohio, where she attended a Church of the...

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Love without limit

Dec 7, 2015 by

Jesus said God is like a shepherd who leaves his flock of 99 to search for one lost sheep. The message is clear: God loves us as individuals. It is amazing enough that the Almighty cares about humans...

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Real or not?

Dec 7, 2015 by

Last month, Mockingjay: Part 2 concluded the film version of The Hunger Games series, a dystopian story in which children are forced to fight to the death in a televised Survivor-like arena. President Snow...

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Seminary’s origin

Dec 7, 2015 by

Thank you for publishing “AMBS Forerunner Began 70 Years Ago” (Nov. 23). That was a very special time, and I am grateful to Rich Preheim for writing about it. I need to point out an error in the...

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Mass imprisonment defies justice

Dec 7, 2015 by

The United States incarcerates an estimated 2.4 million people, more than any other country in the world. Mass incarceration exists primarily due to harsh laws passed by both the federal and state governments...

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Justice denied

Dec 7, 2015 by

When an argument relies upon fictions and fabrications — as does the opposition to BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) by Philipp Gollner, Andrew Elias Ramer and James Regier — there is no valid argument. The...

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Goshen College president attends White House climate day

Dec 7, 2015 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — By invitation, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman took part in a higher education climate roundtable discussion Nov. 19 at the White House, as part of the American Campuses Act on Climate...

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Bible: Her whole life in the offering box

Dec 7, 2015 by

One story, two tellings: No. 1 — Jesus and his disciples are visiting the Jerusalem temple. They’re sitting around, people-watching. They observe worshipers placing money in offering containers in the...

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The world in print

Dec 7, 2015 by

On Sept. 18, 1923, the first issue of a four-page newspaper appeared in Newton, Kan., bearing the grandiose title of Mennonite Weekly Review. The goal, according to H.P. Krehbiel, president of the Herald...

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Belize deaf church began after hearing God’s voice

Dec 7, 2015 by and

ORANGE WALK, Belize — More than 40 adults and children participated in the 10th anniversary celebration of Jesus’ Deaf Church Oct. 11. Nancy Marshall, a worker with Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern...

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Waiting for restoration

Dec 7, 2015 by

Not just a short wintertime season, Advent is always with us. Every day, some manifestation of creation’s groaning (Rom. 8:18-25) appears and causes outrage — or, alternatively, not as much outrage as it...

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Franconia sets its sights on a more united future

Nov 30, 2015 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference addressed fractious times within Mennonite Church USA by focusing its annual assembly on being the church together. In a series of statements submitted by congregations, refined...

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Pennsylvania church welcomes Syrian refugee family

Nov 30, 2015 by and

Taking in refugees from Syria wasn’t the initial plan of Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola, Pa. “In February, our winter Bible school focused on immigration,” lead pastor Jon Carlson said. “This...

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Mennonites in France pray for Muslims

Nov 20, 2015 by and

None of Mennonite Mission Network’s five international personnel in or near Paris was hurt in the Nov. 13 terrorist bombings, although each has been affected by them. “It took a little while to confirm...

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Lancaster Conference to leave Mennonite Church USA

Nov 20, 2015 by and

Story updated Nov. 24 Lancaster Mennonite Conference announced Nov. 19 it will withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017. A proposal from the conference’s Board of Bishops was ratified by 82.3...

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