Yes, I still want to see Heaven . . .

Dec 7, 2018 by

Each Sunday, at the close of his sermons, Pastor Blake would open the doors of the church. To the uninitiated, that did not mean that it was finally time to leave and go home to Sunday dinner. Rather, that was...

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Independent seminary launches Anabaptist program

Nov 5, 2018 by and

An independent seminary in the Chicago area is launching an Anabaptist Studies Program featuring a pastor and author recently terminated as visiting lecturer from the Mennonite Breth­ren Fresno (Calif.)...

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Diligent Sabbath

Nov 5, 2018 by

For six days a week, we labor to make the world as it should be. On one day, we accept the world as it is. A friend and ministry colleague repeated this comment from one of his students about what it means to...

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At Doxology, praise God and pour the coffee

Nov 5, 2018 by and

Not for the first time, Life­Bridge Community Church saw a need in Dover, Ohio, and did something about it. What used to be the Mennonite congregation’s foyer is now a coffeehouse, which will open to the...

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Help goes full circle in Florida after Hurricane Michael

Nov 2, 2018 by

MARIANNA, Fla. — Dwight Cloud was still, little by little, clearing debris from his yard, more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael struck his town of Marianna on Oct. 10. Though his 100-year-old house...

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Uruguayan MBs growing, with an assist from Brazil

Oct 22, 2018 by and

The Mennonite Brethren church in Uruguay is growing in a big way, and its transformation is an expression of increasing cooperation between MBs in Latin America. Consejo de las Congregaciones de los Hermanos...

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Lost and found

Oct 15, 2018 by

We love boundaries. We put them up all the time. Our countries are not the only things in life that are divided by borders. These boundaries may help us define who we are, but they also can lead us to assume...

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The catch

Sep 25, 2018 by

A meditation on Luke 5:1-11. Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God… We grope for what is spiritual-but-not-religious....

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Showalter: New England gospel

Aug 27, 2018 by

Authentic movements to Jesus happen all over the globe. From North America, though, sometimes it seems they’re all “out there” in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Yet the heart of God is for North...

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Why ‘church in nature’ isn’t enough

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s this mildly irritating phrase that I have encountered with some frequency over the course of the decade or so that I have been a pastor. I’m sure you’ve encountered something like it in your own...

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Longhurst: No easy fix for decline

Jul 2, 2018 by

A new book is out on the state of the church in Canada. The picture it paints is pretty grim. Called Leaving Chris­tianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada Since 1945, the book by professors Brian Clarke and...

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Too political — or not

Jun 14, 2018 by

Some folks withhold funds from AMBS because in their view, AMBS is “too political.” Others suggest with anger that AMBS isn’t political enough. We have heard from both sides within the past month. It...

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Showalter: Visible righteousness

Jun 4, 2018 by

“Baptists are good at getting people converted, but Mennonites are better at making disciples.” It’s a stereotype and, like most, holds a grain of truth. Yet its days are numbered. The whole Western...

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Seek ye first the kingdom of God, not the Amish romance

May 22, 2018 by

About every two to three months, I get messages from a young woman or two wanting to become Mennonite or Amish. They’ve done no research and are looking for dress patterns or, as they call it, “Kapp”...

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Lancaster Conference begins new era

Apr 2, 2018 by and

EAST EARL, Pa. — Lancaster Mennonite Conference, newly independent from Mennonite Church USA, is rebranding to highlight its growing geographical reach. Moderator Keith Weaver, in his State of the Conference...

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Bible: Breakfast with the risen Christ

Mar 26, 2018 by

I wish our Uniform Texts had started with Luke 23:55. In both the Greek New Testament and the NRSV, Luke 24:1 begins with “But . . . they came to the tomb.” What happened before the “but,” and who is...

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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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