Trump in Holmes County

Jul 18, 2016 by

Levi Miller and Daniel Miller note “considerable positive interest” in the candidacy of Donald Trump for president among some Amish and Mennonites in their region of Ohio (“On Not Being Anti-Trump,”...

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Root out violence

Jul 18, 2016 by

Guns don’t kill people, people do. What a crazy argument, and yet with an element of truth. Of course guns don’t kill people. But neither do cars, and yet we regulate them and those who drive them. Guns...

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Bible: Slaves to sin or righteousness?

Jul 18, 2016 by

One issue Paul confronts in Romans is “boasting” — the inclination to claim a special place in the universe due to one’s religious status. He writes about the people who boast in their relationship...

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Better than a ‘lesser evil’

Jul 18, 2016 by

The nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pose a problem for me as an Anabaptist Christian. Clinton is a war hawk who voted for the war in Iraq and ended two years of relative peace when her State...

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A turning point

Jul 18, 2016 by

When it comes to turning points in history, a few come to mind for me: The assassination of John F. Kennedy; the first humans on the Moon; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the invention of the Internet; and 9/11....

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Conference encourages peacemaking, opposes drones

Jul 18, 2016 by

LANSDALE, Pa. — A conference critiquing drone warfare drew about 100 participants to Christopher Dock Mennonite High School June 24-25. “Faithful Witness in a Time of Endless War: Drone Warfare and God’s...

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Encounters with grace and dogma

Jul 18, 2016 by

A few days before Ramadan began I visited London Central mosque. It’s a huge building at the edge of Regent’s Park in the middle of the city. London is a bustling and diverse city with its first Muslim...

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Subversive women in Judean hills

Jul 18, 2016 by

Fleeing violence in her native Honduras, Maria made her way through Guate­mala and Mexico to Indiana and our congregation in Elkhart. Now she daily awaits word that a nephew has safely completed the same...

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Former Church of the Brethren leader takes WCC post

Jul 18, 2016 by and

The former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the United States is taking on a new global role. Stanley Noffsinger became director of the World Council of Churches July 1. The ecumenical body...

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Do-gooder’s dilemma

Jul 18, 2016 by

He usually stands at the bottom of the stairs that reach the street from the elevated train. Sometimes he sings; sometimes his spirits are low. He’s cheerful if he had a chance to sleep in a bed the night...

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Countdown to the end?

Jul 18, 2016 by

The British vote to withdraw from the European Union set off a scramble to predict the political and economic implications. Biblical prophecy devotees also took notice. It’s become an article of faith among...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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MCC supports children during Ethiopian drought

Jul 18, 2016 by and

ADAMA, Ethiopia — It’s time for lunch at Remember the Poorest Community School, about 60 miles south of Addis Ababa. Students are digging into the pasta and buns on their plates. For some of these...

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Book review: ‘To and From Nowhere’

Jul 18, 2016 by

This refugee tale is an imaginative work of biography, dedicated to “the disenfranchised and deported everywhere.” Based on the life story of Greta Enns (1902-1985), it is a timely contribution as...

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Different assignments

Jul 18, 2016 by

In the offices of Mennonite Church USA in Elkhart, Ind., there is an artwork of pieces of pottery arranged on a flat surface. On its own, not one of these pieces is extraordinarily remarkable, but standing...

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Evana broadens confessional choices at first convention

Jul 13, 2016 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — The Evana Network is growing and taking steps to welcome members from other Anabaptist denominations besides Mennonite Church USA. Evana’s first convention, ReGen 2016, drew 257 people —...

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Noah’s ark replica ready for a flood of visitors

Jul 13, 2016 by and

United by a vision to portray a vivid biblical story, Anabaptist architects, engineers, craftsmen and carpenters from many communities played a key role in the Ark Encounter project, which opened July 7 near...

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