Curiosity about Anabaptists creates teachable moments

Sep 17, 2018 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — People who come to northern Indiana with curiosity about the Amish and Mennonites often find their way to an Amish-country attraction that teaches them about Anabaptism. About 260 people...

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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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Our hypocrisy on ‘social action’

Jul 19, 2018 by

Mennonite Central Committee and other relief and service organizations are often criticized for being too focused on physically bettering people’s lives and not enough on evangelizing them. Some of the...

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Holdeman tracts sow gospel’s seeds

Jun 18, 2018 by and

CHICAGO — From the outside, it looks like an ordinary suburban home in Elk Grove Village. In fact, it’s a missionary base for the only conservative Mennonite outreach in the Chicago area. In February,...

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Miller: Things are rarely what they seem

Jun 4, 2018 by

I recently visited China with my younger brother Chad and returned home with a wealth of sensations and memories. China is a country both traditional and modern, atheistic and Christian, wealthy and poor,...

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South Korean passion for missions inspires IMA leaders

May 7, 2018 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — Christians of the Global South are reimagining and reconstructing mission for the 21st century. The churches of South Korea are in the forefront. A group of Anabaptists recently visited...

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New readers, new believers in Congo

Apr 30, 2018 by and

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — A year ago, female church leaders from the three Mennonite denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo began work on a churchwide program, “Evangelization...

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Ecumenical evangelist

Mar 12, 2018 by

Gospel “crusades” have passed into history, but the era of mass evangelism still inspires. The death of Billy Graham on Feb. 21 at the age of 99 caused Christians to look back on the legacy of itinerant...

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Myron Augsburger remembers Billy Graham

Feb 26, 2018 by and

Myron Augsburger admired Billy Graham but didn’t take his advice. It was about 1950 or ’51 when the aspiring Mennonite evangelist first talked to Graham — already well on his way to becoming...

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Evangelist overthrown

Feb 12, 2018 by

For those who think evangelism is too hard, or don’t like the idea in the first place, the best advice might be: Go and join God’s work in the world. Wherever we go, God arrived before us. Whomever we talk...

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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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Showalter: The evangelists we need

Sep 25, 2017 by

In my young adulthood, evangelists were preachers who publicly called people to commitment to Christ. “If you are ready to invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, raise your hand.” Or stand to your feet....

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Amish spring break? No, it’s ‘Sail and Sing’ cruise

Jul 31, 2017 by and

What if a diverse bunch of Mennonites and Amish got together for a faith-building vacation on a cruise ship? It’s not hypothetical. The Sail and Sing Cruise has been happening each year since 2012, when Ryan...

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Medium, message and Jesus: Future Church Summit observations

Jul 24, 2017 by

Think of a memorable scene from a favorite film. Conjure it in your imagination: characters speaking and acting, musical score playing. Now imagine it without music or with different music — it becomes a...

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Christ’s victory is ours

Jul 3, 2017 by

Since learning Mennonite World Conference had members in Italy, I wanted to fellowship with them, as Italy is where my dad’s family is from. MWC’s website lists 200 members of four congregations in the...

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Where did we get vacation Bible school?

Jun 22, 2017 by

If your church is anything like mine, it’s currently hosting hundreds of children for vacation Bible school: a week-long program of Bible stories, worship, missions projects, crafts and games. And if...

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Tanzanian bishops dream big

May 29, 2017 by and

ARUSHA, Tanzania — New bishops have big dreams for the Tanzania Mennonite Church. Among other ambitious goals, the bishops have a strategic plan to share the gospel with a million people by 2034, the...

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Opinion: Evangelism — faithful or offensive?

Feb 13, 2017 by

When Anne and Daniel Garber Kompaoré talk of their work in North America, they are often met with questions. Anne works as a Bible translation consultant with Mennonite Mission Network and has lived in...

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A ready answer

Jan 18, 2017 by

In the 1500s, Anabaptist leader Menno Simons wrote a tract titled “Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing.” In this tract, he unashamedly addressed the hardships Anabaptist Christians underwent at the...

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Prisoner, pastor find deeper connection to God together

Jan 9, 2017 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — The first time J.R. Cady met Mennonites, he was in prison at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to suicidal depression, he was sent there for psychological tests as part of his...

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Portrait of global Anabaptism

Dec 12, 2016 by and

Results of a Mennonite World Conference survey of 24 member conferences show the church is growing and the gospel is spreading, primarily in the Global South. Many observers already knew MWC’s growth is...

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Opinion: If you doubt, be a witness

Nov 21, 2016 by and

Runners don’t improve by sitting around and talking about the sport. They get better by running. If you doubt that you can finish a five-kilometer race, the only way to find out is to try it. In September...

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Christians and Halloween — what do we do?

Oct 24, 2016 by

In one week, children will be lining up at doorsteps yelling “trick or treat” dressed as ghouls, witches, pumpkins and ghosts. Houses will be open to shower anyone from toddlers to preteens with crunchy...

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A Word-y people

Sep 9, 2016 by

St Francis never said it so far as we know, but many have attributed it to him: “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Whether he said it or not, many today think the primary form of...

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Pentecost wasn’t a mistake

Aug 15, 2016 by

I’ve never viewed Pentecost as a mistake. The first time I read the remarkable account in Acts 2 of how the Holy Spirit filled Jesus’ disciples with miraculous power so that they could speak other...

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