Mennonites’ crisis of secularism

Mar 23, 2018 by

My millennial generation is post-Christian, and we in Mennonite Church USA urgently need to talk about this. In the United States, religious engagement among youth is at a low not seen in decades, if ever, and...

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A compelling witness of citizenship

Mar 14, 2018 by

In a country torn apart by political turmoil, Christians need to stand up and disrespect and demonize the government. If we are going to create real change, this is justified and necessary. Wait, is that what...

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No guarantees for this life

Mar 5, 2018 by

God doesn’t promise that if we obey him we will have an awesome life. Nor a decent life. Or even life itself. Anneken Jans was a young heiress who chose to be baptized as an adult, an illegal practice in the...

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Prince of Peace’s troops

Feb 26, 2018 by

President Trump wanted a military parade. Were the troops and the brass eager to strike up a band? “I used to watch them in Bulgaria,” tweeted retired Gen. Michael Hayden, implying a dim view of such...

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Nonresistant love

Feb 8, 2018 by

I was 17 the first time a friend asked me the question, “So what do Mennonites believe?” In a typical Mennonite response, I checked my way through a list of unique positions that my church holds, one of...

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A time to grow

Jan 29, 2018 by

The seasons of the church calendar reflect the highs and lows of our walk with Christ. Much is written about the valleys of Advent and Lent and the heights of Christmas and Easter. Less talked about are the...

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Yoder-Short: Sparrow watcher

Jan 29, 2018 by

“God sees the sparrows.” This phrase’s comforting appeal melted as I watched our cat dining on a sparrow. Life can be bloody and cruel. God seeing sparrows didn’t change this bird’s demise. Jesus’...

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Western District Conference launches a Year of Evangelism

Jan 22, 2018 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — An evangelist is a “both/and” kind of person, speakers said Jan. 19-20 as Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA launched a Year of Evangelism. “There is more than one way...

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A call to nonresistance

Jan 9, 2018 by

He leaned in close, looked me in the eyes and whispered, “When we’re out of here, out on the streets, I’ll get you.” I hardly knew how things had escalated so quickly. Bobby had been outside the...

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Ending the Forever War

Jan 5, 2018 by

We are now facing what some people are beginning to call the “Forever War.” Whatever or whoever or however it is we are fighting, the war just keeps going on and on and on. Afghanistan has now...

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On war, are we following Jesus or Muhammad?

Jan 2, 2018 by

I recently read through the Quran to understand my Muslim friends a bit better and, perhaps, to find a few interesting historical notes about Islam. Instead, an unwelcome realization about fellow Christians...

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Mennonite or follower of Christ?

Dec 18, 2017 by

If the early Anabaptists were alive today, I am quite certain the Mennonite church would run them out of their congregations. I realize that’s a pretty strong statement, and not altogether fair. But I’m...

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Of saints and crusaders

Dec 11, 2017 by

Some time around 1190 AD, a handful of barefoot Christian monks in plain, ragged robes had an audience with a powerful Muslim sultan in his grand and glorious palace in Egypt. The leader of these monks was...

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Led by conscience, here I kneel

Nov 15, 2017 by

Tabor College associate professor of Bible and religious studies Del Gray posted these reflections in late October on Tabor’s “Wittenberg Door” for campus discussion in honor of the Reformation’s 500th...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

Nov 13, 2017 by and

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a...

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Lancaster Conference returning to independence

Nov 6, 2017 by and

Two years after deciding to end its membership in Mennonite Church USA, Lancaster Mennonite Conference is returning to the independence that has been the norm in its 300-year history. Leaders of the...

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Which mansion?

Oct 9, 2017 by

I grew up Mennonite but raised my family in the Church of the Brethren because it was closer to my home. I am glad I have belonged to a peace church all my life, but it seems to me the Mennonites and Brethren...

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What is ‘third way’?

Oct 9, 2017 by

Growing up as a baptized Mennonite, I have always been confused by the claim of Mennonite Church USA to be applying God’s Word the “third way.” Does this mean there is God’s Word, the world’s words...

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Watson: Drive it yourself

Oct 9, 2017 by

It’s time to talk about self-driving cars. Many technological innovations — Amazon Echo, an iPhone without headphone port, the social media app Sarahah — catch us by surprise. But self-driving cars have...

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Why practice spiritual disciplines?

Sep 27, 2017 by

While discipline often has a negative connotation of punishment and rules, discipline can and should be associated with growth — especially when discussing spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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You are welcome to come near

Aug 8, 2017 by

In these hazy, lazy days of mid-summer, I find myself pondering the deep mysteries of wheelchair ramps. Naturally. Recently, our little church made the decision to move ahead with plans to add a ramp to our...

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Another taste of desert sand

Jul 31, 2017 by

It was the liturgy that first warmed my heart. I tried to be cautious, not to fall in love too quickly. How long should one wait to call a church one’s home? I still don’t know the answer to that question....

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What is a call to ministry?

Jul 21, 2017 by

A long time ago in the big city, I was a graduate student studying the New Testament. My wife and I had another student and his wife over for supper, and we were talking shop: Bible and theology, church and...

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It’s hard to love when they’re trying to hurt you

Jul 17, 2017 by

Most days, I go for a run. About three miles. Lately, I’ve been choosing a route that takes me along a trail that winds through a public park. Recently, my run has been a struggle. Not because of the summer...

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