Christmas with drug users

Dec 8, 2014 by and

JOS, Nigeria — Margaret Ahmed’s house in Jos was a few hundred yards from a former cotton-ginning warehouse where as many as 100 Christian and Muslim young men went to hang out and use drugs. She feared...

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Goshen gives thanks for nearly $2 million gift

Dec 8, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Milo Albrecht, 93, only attended Goshen College for three semesters, but his nearly $2 million gift will give many students the opportunity to stay longer. A regular donor to Goshen College,...

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Christmas has nothing to hide

Dec 8, 2014 by and

I love the music and colors and hope of Christmas. But I’m trying to be honest about how messy and disturbing it is, too. The messiest part is embedded in the heart of the story. Let’s name it for what it...

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Love and judgment

Dec 8, 2014 by

Perhaps we should ask “how to be?” rather than “what to do?” Chester Wenger has demonstrated judgment-free grace. While some speculate about Christ’s position on same-gender attraction, for want of a...

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Rebooting a war

Dec 8, 2014 by

The United States doesn’t declare wars, it escalates them, sinking deeper into tragic and costly ventures where each step justifies the next. In Iraq and Syria, the familiar mission creep has begun....

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Faith shines amid Central America’s violence, poverty

Dec 8, 2014 by and

Churches in Honduras and Guatemala are growing and thriving even in challenging contexts of violence and poverty, Eastern Mennonite Missions leaders observed Sept. 20-27. At Project MAMA, a community...

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A good death

Dec 8, 2014 by

Canada’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether physician-assisted suicide should be legal. Not surprisingly, the issue is heated and controversial. For most of us, it is an academic debate. We...

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Jury duty

Dec 8, 2014 by

As the judge began her address to the panel of jurors, she said that to serve on a jury is one of the highest civic duties, second only to being in the armed services “defending our country.” That was when...

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Burkina Faso thankful as peace returns

Dec 8, 2014 by and

Mennonite leaders in Burkina Faso are thanking God that peace returned quickly after violence led the West African nation’s president to resign. On Oct. 30, protestors marched on the presidential palace and...

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Wide-eyed for angels

Dec 8, 2014 by

I teach the preschool Sunday school class at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, and every year I am amazed by what they teach me about the Bible stories I share with them — stories I’ve...

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Welcoming a new Christian story

Dec 8, 2014 by

The adult Sunday school “homework assignment” was to find out how many immigrant congregations were located in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area. Using the Yellow Pages and a Google search, the class...

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Giving that changes me

Dec 8, 2014 by

The powerful words of Advent readings from Isaiah tend to get lost in this feel-good season of tinsel and twinkling lights. Familiar music, family gatherings and special worship times mark the holiday with a...

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Jesus laughed

Dec 8, 2014 by

Sarah Kehrberg (Cramer Avenue, Nov. 10) accurately portrays Jesus’ earnestness but seems to indicate he had little or no sense of humor. She writes: “He tells no jokes; his stories are not funny. And...

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Broadening family

Dec 8, 2014 by

Did Jesus have a wife? There’s no real evidence, but some still wonder. The Bible says he had brothers. What were those relationships like? These are questions certain theologians, historians, pastors and...

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You have heard . . .

Dec 8, 2014 by

I hear there are contentions among you. You have heard it said: Abortion is a convenience for you. I say murder for your convenience is a sin. You have heard it said: Sexual immorality is acceptable. I say to...

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Bluffton professor: Ferguson was years in the making

Dec 8, 2014 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., hasn’t surprised Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member. “This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” the...

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Dutch drop-in center a living room for the community

Dec 8, 2014 by and

ALMERE, Netherlands — Hans Blanken first visited the drop-in center in his neighborhood because he didn’t want to be rude. He had avoided Inloophuis de Ruimte because he didn’t understand what it was,...

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How to be Amish and happy

Dec 8, 2014 by

Dear Loren Beachy, When I heard about your book, I recalled that tourists visit the Amish, scholars study them and fiction writers use them with great success. It seems appropriate to hear directly from the...

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MDS volunteers shovel out New York neighbors

Dec 5, 2014 by and

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers often describe their service as being the hands and feet of Jesus. In late November those hands — and backs — were working hard, shoveling the historic snowfall in New...

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30 minutes, three faith traditions

Dec 1, 2014 by and

CBS television affiliates across the U.S. will explain a bit about Mennonites later this month. CBS Religion and Culture visited the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pa., Nov. 3 to film interviews...

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‘Come let us all unite to sing’ all night long

Dec 1, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Bobby Switz­er did not grow up going to church or singing, but he has become passionate about hymns and congregational music since coming to Goshen College four years ago. When he started the...

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Prayer ‘essential’ for MWC assembly

Dec 1, 2014 by and

Mennonite World Conference is establishing a Prayer Network, recognizing the importance of prayer in preparation for its global assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa. “We are organizing an event which will...

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