Project 606: Team assembles to replace 1992 hymnal by 2020

Jan 4, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “Project 606,” MennoMedia’s song collection project for the next hymnal serving Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, is beginning this year. MennoMedia began accepting...

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Israel’s occupation

Jan 4, 2016 by

I read “Injustice in Israel” (Dec. 21) sensing that the writers are soft-pedaling Israel’s occupation, suppression and abuse of the Palestinians. Many years ago 300 Israel soldiers resigned and were...

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Opinion: 5 ways to fix Mennonite Church USA in 2016

Jan 4, 2016 by

Here are five new year’s resolutions that are critically necessary to reverse the decline of Mennonite Church USA: Stop saying “we’ll never all agree.” Acts 4:32 describes the possibility that...

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God’s rising water

Jan 4, 2016 by and

The prophet Ezekiel went on an expedition down a river. This was no ordinary watercourse. It didn’t spring from the usual sources but flowed from the temple of God. In Ezekiel 47, the prophet and his guide...

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Keep eyes on Jesus

Jan 4, 2016 by

I wish wonderful blessings on Franconia Mennonite Conference in their “strong desire to focus on mission and fulfilling the Great Commission” and in emphasizing that “we are in this together,” as...

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Why splits happen

Jan 4, 2016 by

To your Dec. 21 editorial, “Old Way Still Applies,” I would add that the unnamed elephant in the room in the behavior of Lancaster Mennonite Conference is the shadow of Christian fundamentalism. The sad...

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Cruel words as agents of change

Jan 4, 2016 by

Those were your words. You know not, you can scarcely conceive, how they have tortured me. — Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice I find it discouraging when rude people (myself included) are right...

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Invest in peacemakers

Jan 4, 2016 by

Two recent MWR opinion pieces on the Israel-Palestine conflict show the need to focus on where we agree. The first (“Resolution on Mideast Harms Efforts for Peace for All Faiths,” Oct. 26) linked the...

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Whose lives matter?

Jan 4, 2016 by

An expert in political science asks Jesus about his support for Samaritan Lives Matter. Apparently, Jesus had told a story with a Samaritan hero and a couple of heartless religious leaders. Some say Jesus even...

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Year of opportunity

Jan 4, 2016 by

A friend told me about an incident he experienced just before Christmas. He was awakened one morning at 3:30 a.m. in a cold sweat from a nightmare. It was Christmas morning, and his community was in flames....

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Bible: Mirror of God or idolatry?

Jan 4, 2016 by

It’s hard to tell which makes Christians more nervous — talking about God in the language of sex (Hosea) or talking about sex in the context of God (Song of Songs). The Book of Hosea makes sexual...

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Book review: ‘The Sabbath Experiment’

Jan 4, 2016 by

The Sabbath Experiment: Spiritual Formation for Living in a Non-Stop World transports me back to childhood, when observing the Sabbath was unselfconscious and assumed. Those were the days when books on Sabbath...

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Bluffton professor shares youth ministry research

Jan 4, 2016 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Bluffton University professor Randy Keeler explained his findings as the 2014-15 Ohio Conference Youth Ministry Resource Person during Friday Colloquium at the university on Dec. 4. The...

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Tabor, Fresno Pacific granted antidiscrimination exemptions

Jan 4, 2016 by and

Both U.S. Mennonite Brethren institutions of higher learning are among about three dozen colleges and universities that have been granted waivers exempting them from some federal antidiscrimination...

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Missionaries to us

Jan 4, 2016 by

North Americans have naturally thought of Christian mission as what takes place from here to there — to some other country in the world. It’s an assumption that makes sense historically. In recent years,...

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Blogging duo crafts their way onto ‘Rachael Ray Show’

Jan 4, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — What is the secret to a superb apple pie, worthy of featuring on The Rachael Ray Show? Two tablespoons of French apple brandy, homemade caramel sauce and a blog enterprise run by two...

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Current events shape Bible exams at Bethany Christian Schools

Jan 4, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, unwittingly helped write the final exam this semester for students in several Bible classes at Bethany Christian Schools. Bible teacher Dale...

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Kreider a uniter who made history

Dec 29, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Robert S. Kreider, an educator and historian who championed causes of peace, service and cooperation through Anabaptist engagement with the world, died Dec. 27. He was 96. Driven by...

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How to be a pastor in exile

Dec 28, 2015 by and

Jessica Reesor Rempel and Chris Brnjas call themselves “Pastors in Exile.” They aren’t officially pastors, but then, their congregation isn’t officially a church. They are the part-time leaders of a...

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South Korean CO asked: ‘Can I kill?’

Dec 28, 2015 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — When 27-year-old SangMin Lee, a Mennonite conscientious objector from South Korea, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the global Mennonite church community provided support in the form of...

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Sister Care addresses Cubans’ ‘scarcity of hope’

Dec 28, 2015 by

HAVANA, Cuba — Shortly before presenting the first of two Sister Care seminars, Carolyn Heggen, a psychotherapist specializing in trauma healing, and Rhoda Keener, Sister Care director for Mennonite Women...

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