A house divided

Jul 7, 2014 by

The Iraq war’s false promises keep adding up. President Obama’s 2011 assertion that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” is proving as much a desert mirage as Saddam...

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Self-centered humility

Jul 7, 2014 by

Your boss is probably a narcissist. Your pastor too. It’s not intrinsically their fault. The events and cultures that brought them to that situation are more responsible. A team of researchers reported in...

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A pioneer witness

Jul 7, 2014 by

This summer Pastor Yesaya Abdi will retire from leadership of PIPKA, the Indonesian Mennonite mission board, which has a long history of partnership with Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Brethren...

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Jesus in my heart

Jul 7, 2014 by

My daughters periodically beg to become members of our church. This would warm my heart more if their requests didn’t always fall on Sundays when we celebrate communion. I sympathize. How well I remember...

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Growing churches in diverse communities

Jul 7, 2014 by

The landscape for church membership is constantly changing. A 2007 Pew Research Study revealed significant changes in church participation. The United States is quickly becoming a marginally Protestant...

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Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

Jul 7, 2014 by and

Security police assaulted a large group of pastors and theological students gathered in their church center at a provincial town just north of Ho Chi Minh City in June. The attack came on the eve of a renewal...

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A little Jesus spit

Jul 7, 2014 by

My son Daniel learned at a young age seeing clearly is an essential skill. His older sister made him a chocolate milkshake. At least that is what she called it. I’m not sure of all the ingredients — a...

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Same-sex attraction

Jul 7, 2014 by

A 2000 study of a large twin registry in Australia and SSA (same-sex attraction) reveals that among identical twin males, when one twin has SSA the other twin does so also in only one out of nine pairs....

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Spirit of unity

Jul 7, 2014 by

At the Mennonite Church USA Pacific Southwest Conference June 20-21 at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Ariz., one agenda phase was roundtable discussions on what we learned at the conference. What I...

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The second most interesting topic

Jul 7, 2014 by

If the previous lesson was about sex, the next two concern the second most interesting topic: food! But the two texts are different. Chapter 8 asks if it’s OK for believers to eat idol-meat. Chapter 10 warns...

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Sacred fire to burn at Native Assembly

Jul 7, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — For thousands of years, Indigenous people from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. On July 28-31, North Americans from diverse...

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MWC commissions hold rare face-to-face meetings

Jul 7, 2014 by and

SCHOORL, Netherlands — Leaders and members of the four Mennonite World Conference commissions met March 19-24 for a time of face-to-face discussion, worship and strategic planning to advance MWC’s...

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Integrity in jeopardy

Jul 7, 2014 by

I have known many “beliefs” the Mennonite Church had about what were “sins” that now seem archaic. All were backed by Scripture. Women were not to cut their hair nor wear jewelry; women had to wear the...

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EMU SPI participant rushes back to Syria flock

Jul 7, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Four days after traveling from war-torn Syria to peaceful Harrisonburg, a Summer Peacebuilding Institute student had to return to his gutted church. Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, a prominent...

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Homeless ministries still going strong in Denver

Jul 7, 2014 by and

At the end of June, half of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood, Colo., volunteered in some way to help five homeless families stay off the streets for a week. They do this four times a year at...

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MC USA won’t recognize Colorado pastor’s licensing

Jul 1, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church USA national conference will not recognize the licensing of a Colorado pastor in a committed same-sex relationship. MC USA announced the decision July 1 by the Executive Board at its June...

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Supreme Court rules for Conestoga

Jun 30, 2014 by and

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Mennonite-owned cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania cannot be compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain contraceptives in employee health care plans. The...

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Excommunicated are welcomed

Jun 30, 2014 by and

An evangelical church plant offers excommunicated Old Colony Mennonite families hope and opportunities in the heart of Shipyard Colony in Belize. Gospel Fellowship Chapel counts 60 attenders, but the number of...

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MC USA group reports more evidence of abuse

Jun 30, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — A Mennonite Church USA discernment group addressing sexual abuse by the late theologian John Howard Yoder has reported finding additional evidence of abuse. After a June 3 meeting in...

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MCC reaches out to Iraqis displaced by armed conflict

Jun 25, 2014 by

As armed conflict forces Iraqis from their homes, Mennonite Central Committee is providing vital items for daily life and is planning with partner organizations for an ongoing response. MCC also is calling on...

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EMU delays action on hiring policy

Jun 23, 2014 by and

The board of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., has delayed action regarding its hiring policy concerning individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The delay comes after a six-month...

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