USMB prepares for new church-planting effort

Aug 3, 2020 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is gearing up for a new church-planting initiative. The plan calls for churches and experienced church-planting leaders to form a resourcing network,...

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MCC helps restore hope for children raised in war

Aug 3, 2020 by and

Nine years of war in Syria have given 14-year-old Kareem Haddad (name changed to protect his security) a lot of reasons to want to study medicine, especially neurology. When Kareem was in second grade, his...

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White Mennonite static

Aug 3, 2020 by

The Mennonite church has the opportunity to become a dependable partner in the work of dismantling racism. The church as a whole has a record of racism — both overt and covert — that has been attested to...

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Book tells story of stewardship, mutual aid

Aug 3, 2020 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Everence, the Anabaptist stewardship agency, Herald Press is releasing a book about the organization’s history. The book release marks the beginning...

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Original blessing

Jul 29, 2020 by

I’m sure Augustine taught and did many laudable things (“Why We Should Reconsider Augustine” by Brad Roth, June 29). But he also officiated at a wedding I wish had never been consummated: a marriage...

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What will we do about environmental crisis?

Jul 29, 2020 by

Our environmental crisis is obvious. Ice melt, sea level rise, stronger storms, and heat waves are proof. People in the Global South suffer most through desert­ification in Central Africa and severe flooding...

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MEA: too little, too late on climate change?

Jul 29, 2020 by

As recent alumni of Goshen College who were involved in fossil fuel divestment conversations during our college years, we would like to share a response to Mennonite Education Agency’s announcement regarding...

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Book review: Exiled Among Nations

Jul 28, 2020 by

Exiled Among Nations: ­German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Trans­national Age is an impressive ­history of two Mennonite col­onies in the Paraguayan Chaco — Menno and Fernheim — during their...

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Bible: Ask for wisdom, with confidence

Jul 28, 2020 by

Do you wish for more wisdom? You can ask God, and God will give it to you. But if you doubt God will answer your request, forget it. Doubters should not expect to get anything from God. That sounds pretty...

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Andres: Let me tell you what happened

Jul 27, 2020 by

I love stories. I love them in print, on stage, in film and on television. They help me find my way in life. Good stories explore what it means to be human and live in this world. They get at who we are and...

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Washington Witness: Welcome the seekers

Jul 27, 2020 by

After a 16-year-old boy witnessed a gang member murder another young man, gang members came to his aunt’s store where he worked, threatened him and ordered the store closed. Later, another family member was...

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King: Protection from chaos

Jul 27, 2020 by

It can be painful to watch my granddaughter, old enough to take so much in but too young to talk, use hands to communicate. Whenever she sees something to interact with, she waves. This includes cars and...

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History: Living in community, together and apart

Jul 27, 2020 by

It was an unlikely union. One party was an Anabaptist group dating back to the early 16th century, full of tradition and belief forged by years of persecution. The other was a fledgling movement drawing from a...

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Virginia relief sale determined to go on

Jul 27, 2020 by

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 54th annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, scheduled for Oct. 2-3, is determined to go on. But how? That’s a work in careful progress. Last fall’s sale raised nearly...

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Brethren gather ‘on the line’

Jul 27, 2020 by

After the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference was canceled, a series of online denominational events July 1-2 brought thousands of people together with a concert and worship services in Spanish and...

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Sermon hardball

Jul 27, 2020 by

A well-played baseball game can seem to fly by, while a lackluster contest tests the crowd’s patience. The same is true for sermons. “I have always known that a sermon’s impact does not increase with...

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Not so much to ask

Jul 27, 2020 by

Traveling from a Kansas county without a face-mask mandate to one that required the precaution gave a new perspective on freedom. In Harvey County, where commissioners had exempted their constituents from Gov....

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How two musicians turned street ministry into a song

Jul 27, 2020 by and

CHICAGO — On a Monday night, a dozen musicians sit on mismatched chairs in a sparse room inside a one-story brick building that used to be a discount store. If not for the 8-foot pine cross stuck on a chunk...

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Pandemic prompts preachers to craft shorter sermons

Jul 27, 2020 by and

In the switch to online worship during the coronavirus pandemic, congregations are trimming services down to as little as 30 to 40 minutes, with recorded videos, streamlined videoconference gatherings or...

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Still in the lions’ den

Jul 27, 2020 by

If you go to church for 70 years, as I have, some biblical stories get repeated over and over. One is Daniel in the ­lions’ den. To tell the truth, I haven’t read that story for years. Yet, recently, one...

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There’s always some dude on a horse

Jul 20, 2020 by

During a trip to Portugal, we were strolling around Lisbon when we walked past the statue of a Portuguese general. This military hero from long ago was astride a horse, with reins in one hand and a sword in...

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