Not by bread alone

Feb 1, 2016 by

People do not live by bread alone, Jesus tells Satan when he is tempted in the wilderness. Though Jesus “was famished” — or perhaps because of that — he knows in his body that food is not all that we...

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Our Muslim neighbors

Feb 1, 2016 by

When we talk about living in peace with Muslims, some Christians become uneasy. They reason that because Islam and Christianity have such differences, true peace isn’t possible. Yet a call to live in peace...

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Trust while shrinking

Feb 1, 2016 by

“Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. . . . I think that the Christian church across Canada is experiencing such a time of dramatic...

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Freedom from fear in Indonesia

Feb 1, 2016 by

The news of violence broke late in the evening in Phil­a­delphia, mid-morning in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 14. Philadelphia, where I live, has the largest concentration of Indonesian immigrants on the East...

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Book review: ‘Abandoned Homeland’

Feb 1, 2016 by

In the title poem of Jeff Gundy’s Abandoned Homeland, the speaker begins with a question: “How else to describe this absurd, lovely world?” The rest of Gundy’s collection seems positioned to provide an...

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Bible: The day will come when you’ll forget

Feb 1, 2016 by

What do flatbread, dead donkeys and tambourines all have in common? (Hint: They’re not just key ingredients in the world’s worst dinner date.) They are symbols of remembrance, memory devices meant to...

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Every 500 years

Feb 1, 2016 by

John Longhurst’s column is one I often find especially informative and worthwhile. The title, “We’re Due for Another Reformation,” in the Dec. 21 issue jumped out at me, and then his opening line,...

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Opinion: Loss of the agrarian church leaves denomination poorer

Feb 1, 2016 by

This summer I made a road trip with a former Northern District Conference minister. We visited the sites of 10 rural churches in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, all formerly affiliated with the General...

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Goshen student sings to heal trauma, promote peace

Feb 1, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Galed Krisjayanta, a third-year music student at Goshen College, released his first album at the age of 10. Cassettes, CDs, DVDs and even karaoke versions of him singing traditional Indonesian...

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Bethel MLK speaker calls for changing unjust systems

Feb 1, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Throughout her presentation at Bethel College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, Michelle Armster would pause to call out several names. “Sandra Bland. Renisha McBride. Shantel...

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The way to cast out fear

Feb 1, 2016 by

It is said that peace is more than the absence of war. Real peace goes far beyond avoiding large-scale armed conflict. What, then, is peace the absence of? Perhaps it is the absence of fear. Or the shrinking...

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Do we need more correction?

Feb 1, 2016 by

Aaron Yoder writes that one way to “fix” Mennonite Church USA is if “all leaders within MC USA were willing to correct one another” (“How to Fix MC USA in 2016,” Jan. 4). I am unable to...

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We come in peace

Feb 1, 2016 by

The book Christian. Muslim. Friend. Twelve Paths to Real Relationship by long-term Mennonite missionary David W. Shenk recently received the Christianity Today best book award in the category of Missions/ The...

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Would women split?

Feb 1, 2016 by

A large majority of the credentialed leaders in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference voted in November to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA, ostensibly over sexuality issues. They publicly object to the...

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New England selects Indiana soccer player in MLS draft

Feb 1, 2016 by and

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a former soccer standout at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Ind., and former Indiana player of the year, is taking his game to the professional level. He was picked by the New...

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Schrag led MWR’s unity-building ministry

Jan 27, 2016 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Robert M. Schrag, editor of Mennonite Weekly Review for 27 years during a half-century career with the newspaper, died Jan. 26 at his home. He was 81. From 1960 to 2011, Schrag helped to shape...

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Love urged for Muslim neighbors

Jan 26, 2016 by and

MORTON, Ill. — About 60 people gathered Jan. 24 at First Mennonite Church to learn about their Muslim neighbors from Eastern Mennonite Missions Christian/Muslim relations consultant Jona­than Bornman of...

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Lancaster’s distancing shrinks roll

Jan 26, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church USA membership has decreased about 17 percent over the past year, and a large part of the drop is due to updated reporting of Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregational involvement in the...

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Kratz reflects on long road to the top of his game

Jan 26, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of...

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