Pacifism in church history

Jan 9, 2020 by

There is not a single extant Christian author before Constantine (in the fourth century) who said killing or joining the military by Christians is ever legitimate. Whenever the surviving Christian texts...

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Chinese church faithful for 30 years in Alberta

Jan 6, 2020 by and

EDMONTON, Alta. — Each week, a little band of disciples known as Edmonton Christian Life Community Church meets at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where many homeless people congregate. The...

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MB leader charged, withdraws from international role

Dec 30, 2019 by and

After being charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution in January 2019 in Fresno, Calif., a Mennonite Brethren leader resigned from a conference leadership position and withdrew from another. Gary Wall,...

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Indonesian’s art places everything under Christ’s reign

Dec 16, 2019 by and

JEPARA, Indonesia — Harjo Suyitno uses a traditional Indonesian art form to portray the concept that everything in the world is under the authority of Christ. His wood carving at the Mennonite church in...

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CMC magazine going out of print

Dec 16, 2019 by

Another Mennonite denominational publication is ending. Beacon, the monthly magazine of CMC, is going out of print at the end of the year. The CMC Publication and Literature Committee made the announcement in...

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I wear my heart on my sleeve

Dec 9, 2019 by and

When Alisha and I and our son, Asher, moved to Barcelona, many things didn’t make the cut in our attempt to “leave all things behind” and follow Jesus. However, Martyrs Mirror was never on the chopping...

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Powell: Where’s the joy in tense times?

Dec 9, 2019 by

An acquaintance said to me, “Another year is almost over. Christmas will soon be here. I can’t get into the spirit with all the divisiveness around me. When will it stop?” She was expressing what many...

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Showalter: Nondefensive ethnicity

Dec 9, 2019 by

This autumn I participated in a retreat for CMC overseers and bishops in Columbus, Ohio. Serving on a panel, I and others were asked to share our vision for CMC, a 13,000-member association of Mennonites...

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The face of God

Dec 9, 2019 by

The second commandment God etched in stone warned the Israelites not to imagine what God looked like. There must be no “graven image” of Yahweh. Israel’s invisible God would permit no idols. The rule...

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Kratz plays for U.S. team in Japan

Dec 9, 2019 by and

After Major League Baseball’s regular season ended, Erik Kratz played fall baseball in a different kind of world series. Representing Team USA as the starting catcher, Kratz was part of an effort that came...

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Yoder-Short: What if Jonah came to us?

Dec 9, 2019 by

After hearing a series of sermons on Jonah, I’ve started seeing this reluctant prophet in unexpected places. Jonah used to be safely confined to a wooden puzzle at my Aunt Ruth’s. You removed the big fish...

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Silent on abortion

Dec 9, 2019 by

Thank you, Eldon Claassen, for your Nov. 11 letter condemning the murder of the unborn child. Followers of Jesus Christ must speak out in behalf of those who do not have a voice. The Mennonite church has been...

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Reunion, divisions

Dec 9, 2019 by

As a Franconia Mennonite Conference native, I was deeply gratified to read that the dec­ades-long effort to reconcile with Eastern District Conference will be completed in 2020. When I was born in 1937, the...

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Miller: Our love story

Dec 9, 2019 by

This column is a combined effort by my fiance and me, written before our wedding on Nov. 23. Ivan: I like to read; therefore I get a few book catalogs. One day I noticed an ad for a new book, Anything But...

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Book review: Addiction Nation

Dec 9, 2019 by

Does America have a problem with pain? Specifically, do we have a problem with coping with pain? Perhaps with managing pain? And if so, does this problem lie at the very root of our widespread addictions? This...

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God of war?

Dec 9, 2019 by

Ronald J. Sider’s attempt to rationalize genocide in the Hebrew Scriptures (“Jesus and the Old Testament on Killing,” Nov. 25) is just that, rationalization. Theologian Marcus Borg writes: “The Jewish...

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Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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Bible: David’s prayer, Mary’s song

Dec 9, 2019 by

In the first three lessons of this quarter, we looked at how 1 Chronicles 15-17 presents kingship and the temple in ancient Israel. Now we turn to a story that seems to stand in contrast with David and...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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The good kind of power

Dec 6, 2019 by

“I did not give you a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” So wrote Paul to Timothy (2 Tim. 1:7). The church doesn’t believe this, or so it seems. It rarely talks about...

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Advent: from ranting to singing

Dec 4, 2019 by

Advent is a season of patience and reflection, even confession and tears. It is a time of observing, watching, staying awake. The Isaiah texts that mark this year’s Advent scriptures are anything but quiet....

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Bethel avoids probation, accreditation ‘on notice’

Dec 2, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College avoided probation in November when it learned its accrediting body chose instead to put the college “on notice” due to concerns about its financial health and...

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