Nigerian Brethren rise from loss

Feb 25, 2019 by and

When Joel S. Billi became president of the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria in 2016, the Boko Haram insurgency was beginning to wane. People were returning home to face their losses, including staff...

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Anabaptists: best supporting actors

Feb 25, 2019 by and

A new film dramatizing the life of Reformation leader Ulrich Zwingli is giving moviegoers a chance to see early Swiss Anabaptist leaders on the big screen — as long as they can get to Switzerland. The...

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Made in God’s image?

Feb 18, 2019 by

I was happy to see that MWR picked up Micah Brickner’s article from Eastern Mennonite Missions about my involvement at Tyndale Seminary. The article gets the story right, but I feel that the headline, “Two...

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Idol of patriotism

Feb 18, 2019 by

Has patriotism become an idol in our churches? Test the spirits and see. If America is a nation “under God,” then put a Christian flag above America’s on the pole and watch what happens. Try removing the...

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A model of love

Feb 18, 2019 by

How fortunate Doug Lehman is to have a mother who models the love of his heavenly parent (“Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally”). How fortunate the LGBTQ community is to have a person like...

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Miller: Grandma testifies

Feb 18, 2019 by

Tears come to my grandma’s eyes when she tells us goodbye and thanks us for coming to visit. “I’m not worthy,” she says. Silly Grandma. We have visited her seldom, far less often than she deserves. She...

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West Africans celebrate first credentialed leaders

Feb 18, 2019 by and

Mennonite Church West Africa advanced its mission to establish Anabaptist churches in three nations on the Atlantic coast when it celebrated the ordination of its first credentialed leaders. More than 200...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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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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Bible: Because Jesus is true

Feb 18, 2019 by

Sometimes I talk to my seatmates on the plane. Sometimes I don’t. But when the young woman next to me had a panic attack brought on by her just-discharged-from-Afghan­istan post-traumatic stress, how could...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

Feb 18, 2019 by and

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go...

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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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Powell: Pre-existing conditions

Feb 18, 2019 by

Our communities are hurting. Few want to accept responsibility, particularly those who benefit from the conditions that have created the pain. We have learned to play the blame game. Blame the victims. Accuse...

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Yoder-Short: Innocent words gone awry

Feb 18, 2019 by

Bluebird, girl, noncradle — all innocent words. Sometimes it isn’t what we say; it’s how we say it. If you were a bluebird in my first-grade class, you were teased. “Bluebird” was an innocent label...

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Showalter: Honduran forgiveness

Feb 18, 2019 by

Christians know the cost of reconciliation. It stands at the core of the gospel in the suffering and death of Jesus for our salvation. Greater love has no one than a life sacrificed for others. Reconciliation...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

Feb 14, 2019 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North...

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