Led by conscience, here I kneel

Nov 15, 2017 by

Tabor College associate professor of Bible and religious studies Del Gray posted these reflections in late October on Tabor’s “Wittenberg Door” for campus discussion in honor of the Reformation’s 500th...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

Nov 13, 2017 by and

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a...

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Learning to think like Jesus

Sep 28, 2017 by

I’ve been coaching third-/fourth-grade soccer along with another dad this fall. (No, I don’t know what I’m doing — though thankfully, my friend does!) We drill the kids. We scrimmage with the kids. We...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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Human just like us

Sep 15, 2017 by

“I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn’t make any sense.” My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high...

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Shapers of conscience

Sep 5, 2017 by

I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I am a 9-year-old standing in the lunch line at school. I can hear the lunch lady asking my peers in front of me if they want white milk or chocolate milk. Unlike...

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Following Jesus with a new fellowship

Jul 10, 2017 by

Today after I got dressed and I looked in the mirror, I just “felt” German Baptist. I don’t expect anyone to understand that feeling, and maybe I’m putting far too much into what fellowship I’m...

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How much cash, real estate and paid staff does it take to produce a follower of Jesus?

Aug 29, 2016 by

“No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him daily in life.” — early Anabaptist Hans Denck Most of us Mennonites operate from the conviction that we should do everything possible to...

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What’s missing in church — discipleship

May 27, 2016 by

According to missional leader Mike Breen, a disciple is someone who is learning to have the character and the competency of Jesus. It’s about faithfulness and fruit. Or as Dallas Willard once described it:...

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What being Anabaptist is not

May 11, 2016 by

Over the years, since I personally rediscovered my Anabaptist roots and have spent time exploring and uncovering what it means to be an Anabaptist-minded Christian, I’ve had many conversations with folks...

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Whom will you serve?

Jan 22, 2016 by

“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are...

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Close to misunderstanding Jesus?

Nov 6, 2015 by

On the first Counting Crows album, Adam Duritz sang about Maria, who said she was “close to understanding Jesus.” But I can’t help feeling that modern western Christianity has covered Jesus in layers of...

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Giving up on nonviolence

Oct 22, 2015 by

The more I watch the news, scroll through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and listen to NPR, the more I wonder if peace is possible. The idea that we are progressing as a human race is simply folly. American...

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Following — blogs and Jesus

Aug 25, 2014 by

The other day as I was clicking around online, I came across a blog written by a fellow Mennonite pastor. I liked what she had to say in her most recent entry, so clicked on the little button near the top of...

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