Water of baptism thicker than blood

Feb 26, 2014 by

We use words like suit­cases, don’t we? We pack each one carefully depending on where we intend to take it. We fold, tuck and cram bits and pieces of meaning into our words until, after awhile, they get...

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Being a blessing

Feb 17, 2014 by

“A blessing to others.” That’s what John Unger, who retired last year as pastor of Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, Man., decided he wanted to be after wrestling with the issue...

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India’s many colors

Feb 17, 2014 by and

A new book on the Mennonite Brethren in India casts what the authors hope is a vibrant light on a population from which the Western church can learn much. The Colors of the Mennonites in Andhra...

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Ways to pray

Feb 17, 2014 by

When I was younger I thought the only genuine prayer was a spontaneous prayer. I grew up in a congregation where prayer was free-flowing and formulated on the spot. As an extroverted, chatty kid, it was...

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Honoring heritage, by any name

Feb 17, 2014 by

Names matter. They mark us as shaped by particular people who chose them or carried them down. A colleague who recently became engaged asked my thoughts about last names. I’ve received such questions for as...

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Shaped locally, connected widely

Feb 17, 2014 by

I attended my first binational conference ministers gathering in December. This meeting happens annually with conference leaders from Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. It’s a closed meeting...

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Seminary program confronts discernment issues

Feb 17, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Hundreds of people filled to capacity the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, interested in exploring “discernment processes” to address difficult...

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Worship acknowledges ‘elephant’

Feb 17, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Participants in the School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary did not tiptoe for three days around the “elephant in the room” — the anguish felt by many over...

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Goshen students create plan for Florida Amish community

Feb 17, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — It started as a campground for Amish visiting Sarasota, Fla., in the 1920s. Now, the community of Pine­craft has grown into a small village with paved streets, houses, churches, restaurants...

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AMBS Pastors Week focuses on biblical vision

Feb 17, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary “Fab Five” took on snow and frigid temperatures to help participants to see Jesus at Pastors Week Jan. 27-30. AMBS planners questioned whether...

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Promises made

Feb 17, 2014 by

Once again anxiety has risen in Mennonite Church USA over issues of homosexuality. When this happens, it is important to remember the covenant members have made. Part of the covenant is easy to recall. It is...

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What we deserve

Feb 17, 2014 by

On a short stretch of Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va., it’s possible to hit red lights at four consecutive intersections. It doesn’t seem logical. It wastes my time. It makes me angry. My indignation...

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Canadian scholar studies how education preserves Old Colony Mennonite culture

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and Paraguay because of...

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