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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Anabaptist Renewal Circles seeks to spark a revival

Aug 10, 2016 by and

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. — As the North American church declines, people still love Jesus somehow. But Jesus’ followers? Not so well-loved. “They think we stick with our own,” said Hugh Halter, the...

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Evana envisions stronger evangelical Anabaptist voice

Apr 25, 2016 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Leaders of the emerging Evana Network want to help their congregations speak up. “We’ve heard this perception of [Anabaptists as] the quiet in the land, struggling how to know how to...

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Christianity’s ‘exaggerated stuff’

Apr 25, 2016 by

“Yes, we are Christians,” an elderly man said on a sidewalk on the Greek island of Milos after giving directions to my wife, Ellen, and me. “But we don’t believe the exaggerated stuff.” The...

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Churches in Germany help refugees find Jesus

Feb 10, 2016 by and

NEUWIED, Germany — The leader of MB Mission’s Oasis team had never seen anything like it before: a large crowd of Arabic speakers responding to the gospel in Germany. “I saw the Holy Spirit like an...

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Approaching apologetics

Nov 13, 2015 by

In my later teen and early young adult years, apologetics were a fairly important discipline to me. I read all of Lee Strobel’s The Case For… books. Looking back on them, there were some great ideas that...

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Myron Augsburger and the Mennonite History of the CCCU

Sep 16, 2015 by

This is the last of a two-part blog series on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as they decide on a course of action after two Mennonite colleges changed their hiring policies to include...

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More evangelism!

Aug 31, 2015 by

MWR has a preponderance of news and articles on peace and justice in comparison to evangelism. It needs balance. Homosexual marriage and behavior is sin! MWR seems not to take a stand on this. I was baptized...

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Public displays of faith

Aug 5, 2015 by

Last Saturday evening I spent some time on Denver’s 16th Street mall. By nature I am a people watcher and in Denver there is no better place to go and observe humanity on a summer evening than downtown’s...

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Why I’m for forbearance

May 22, 2015 by

On a Sunday several weeks ago, my family and I had several neighbors over to a “goodbye party” for our next-door neighbor, John, who had decided to move to an apartment closer to his son’s family after...

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100,000,000 books sold

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice...

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New group to offer alternative to MC USA

Jan 23, 2015 by and

HARTVILLE, Ohio — A new Anabaptist network of churches that expects to attract some who leave Mennonite Church USA plans to launch in the fall, organizers announced during a consultation Jan. 16-17 at...

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