Lasting Lenten sacrifice

Mar 18, 2019 by and

What are you giving up for Lent? Like showing up for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday worship services, Lenten self-sacrifice is one of the few church traditions that still finds some measure of appeal with the...

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A common struggle

Mar 18, 2019 by

Few of us dive eagerly into issues of sexuality and church governance, but the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council knows it is necessary. Any denomination with traditional and progressive wings...

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Great Trek’s legacy

Feb 18, 2019 by and

The 39 families who followed Claas Epp into the Central Asian wilderness to avoid military conscription and meet Christ’s return in the late 19th century have received undo derision from descendants of other...

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Bearing a light yoke

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is...

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Jesus’ little flock

Jan 21, 2019 by and

Megalophobia is the fear of large things. Jesus spoke favorably of small things, and his followers aren’t wrong to adopt their own skepticism of mega­churches. Obsession with church growth (or decline) is a...

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A welcome disruption

Jan 21, 2019 by and

To Americans who’ve grown accustomed to long wars with no end in sight, it came as a shock when President Trump said on Dec. 19 that U.S. forces would leave Syria within 30 days. His advisers seemed as...

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Transformed by angels

Jan 7, 2019 by

Of the many dangers, challenges and reasons not to become a sanctuary congregation, pastors of such churches say in interviews that potential legal ramifications seem to worry them least of all. Yes, there is...

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What readers say

Jan 7, 2019 by

One of our favorite responses to a survey we sent with our annual fundraising  letter in October was, “I want to know what everyone is thinking.” So do we. But you have to tell us. The beginning of a new...

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Mary’s story, our story

Dec 17, 2018 by

While the star of every Christmas pageant is the Christ child, the Best Supporting Actress nod goes to Mary. The baby, whether a doll or an unpredictable infant, is just so hard to see from way in back. But...

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Two trends to watch

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s tempting to exaggerate the uniqueness of what is happening to us right now. We say the world is changing faster than ever but forget change is constant. Earlier generations saw massive upheaval, too....

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Big swing falls short

Dec 3, 2018 by

When you swing for the fences, you don’t have to knock one out of the park to help the team win. Mennonite World Review Inc. and The Mennonite Inc. got a runner on base. In the end, things didn’t work out...

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No need for sticker shock

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Weapons have no place in churches, whether they are carried by someone concerned with harm or with self-defense. Followers of the God of peace are right to indicate this in a visible way. It is true that a...

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Neighbor vs. neighbor

Nov 19, 2018 by and

“You can’t imagine how it is to be hated,” wrote David Koehn and Wil­liam Frantz, Mennonite pacifist conscripts at Camp Greenleaf in Georgia, during World War I. Can’t we? Compassion compels us to...

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Honorable protests

Oct 9, 2017 by

Few protests are remembered for 500 years, like Martin Luther’s. Or even 50, like anti-Vietnam War marches. Dem­onstrations by National Football League players this fall may be historic or fleeting, but...

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No halfway liberty

Oct 9, 2017 by

The protest that shook the world began 500 years ago this month. On a church door in the Saxon town of Wittenberg, an obscure German monk posted 95 statements of dispute with Catholicism. It was Oct. 31, 1517....

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Assessing Trump

Apr 11, 2016 by

I see MWR has decided to inject itself into secular politics by telling us who not to vote for in the Republican primary. I will anxiously await the next issue where Paul Schrag will tell us who not to vote...

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