The two parts of true religion

Jul 7, 2015 by

Israel is a mess, says God via Micah. One has to search the opening chapters to find the cause of his exasperation. In 3:8-12, he mentions rulers who hate justice, pervert fairness and build their realms with...

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More than rending the Confederate flag

Jul 7, 2015 by

Tearing cloth is not enough to show you are sad; let your heart be broken. — Joel 2:13 In the Jewish tradition, as part of the period of mourning after a death, the mourner wears a torn piece of clothing....

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No quick fix to cleanse this stain

Jul 7, 2015 by

Over the past number of months, people in the U.S. have been confronting the issue of racism and violence against African-Americans. Police shootings in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, and now the church...

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Anabaptist Nation

Jul 6, 2015 by

Fans of just about every sports team these days like to call themselves a Nation. They’re saying: We are many, we are passionate. The claim of nationhood suggests their team commands the allegiance of a...

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New day, new path

Jul 6, 2015 by

As I close in on 30, I’m looking back on my 29 years and the choices I have made. I wonder if I’ve done enough with them — enough exploring and growing up. I feel caught between settling into the...

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Evana hires pastor of development, makes autumn plans

Jul 6, 2015 by

NEW PARIS, Ind. — Evana Network, a community of evangelical Anabaptist churches set to launch in September, has hired Wes Furlong as pastor of church development. Furlong is lead pastor of Cape Christian...

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Colonists in Mexico: a misunderstood people

Jul 6, 2015 by and

Many U.S. and Canadian Mennonites think of German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico as a backward people in a wild-west country. We read of Mennonites involved in drug trafficking and ask ourselves, “Can this...

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God is love, or nothing

Jul 6, 2015 by

In the wake of Mennonite Church USA’s fierce conflict over the acceptance — or not — of LGBT brothers and sisters, it is ironic that my first exposure to how to treat and be community with LGBT people...

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California thrift shop is first step toward an Anabaptist Resource Center

Jul 6, 2015 by

PASADENA, Calif. — Mennonite Church USA’s Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference will open a new thrift store, Full Circle Thrift, in the next few months in the Pasadena area. The store name and logo were...

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Burkina Faso church loses land but stands firm

Jul 6, 2015 by and

SIDI, Burkina Faso — Mennonites here persist in worshiping God even though village leaders have taken back the land on which they built their church. The leaders accuse members of the local congregation of...

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A less popular faith

Jul 6, 2015 by

The largest religious groups in the United States received some difficult news in a recent survey. Mainline Protestant, Catholic and evangelical Christians all dropped in numbers over the past several years,...

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Keep the blood flowing

Jul 6, 2015 by

What are we learning from interchurch relations that might help in our intrachurch relations? What are we learning from relationships with Lutherans and Pentecostals that can help us be church together in our...

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Heartbreaking

Jul 6, 2015 by

I am an 81-year-old Mennonite woman who has always loved the church. There have been many changes, and yet the church has managed to stay together. I no longer wear a covering but I do a wedding ring. We sing...

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Opinion: Intrusion of dissenters

Jul 6, 2015 by

Seventy-four years ago, I was part of a national experiment unlikely to be repeated. On June 5, 1941, a camp for conscientious objectors to war opened at Templeton Gap on the northwest edge of Colorado...

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Calling shaped church in 20th century

Jul 6, 2015 by

Biographer John E. Sharp suggests most Mennonites younger than 60 are unacquainted with the life of Orie O. Miller. An extraordinarily influential lay leader in the Mennonite Church, Miller was an entrepreneur...

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Scattered, traumatized Nigerian Brethren rebuild lives, preserve church

Jul 6, 2015 by

Devastation caused by Islamic insurgents “could well have been the death knell” for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, but the people are resilient as they rebuild their homes and lives, a North...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

Jul 6, 2015 by and

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different...

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Urgent search for water in Mozambique

Jul 6, 2015 by and

Six men grasp the long metal handle of a drill and walk slowly in a circle. They lean into the task, using their body weight to drive the drill shaft into the dry soil. They have hand-drilled some 16 feet down...

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Beware of tradition

Jul 6, 2015 by

As Christians debate homosexuality, it has been suggested that tradition has authority. But how would traditionalists size up Christ’s, Paul’s and Peter’s decision to accept Gentiles (which is us) into...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Jun 29, 2015 by and

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United...

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Survivors, advocates form a chapter of anti-abuse network

Jun 29, 2015 by

Twelve survivors of sexual abuse and their advocates have formed an Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of an organization that “protects the vulnerable, heals the wounded and exposes the truth.” Leaders of the...

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6,500 are registered for global assembly

Jun 29, 2015 by and

Mennonite World Conference assembly planners are putting final details in place for the July 21-26 event, which will draw more than 6,500 Anabaptists to Harrisburg, Pa. “We are very excited with how the...

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