God of ‘will’ or God of love?

Jun 22, 2015 by

The question of how to understand the peaceable message of Jesus in relation to less-than-peaceable pictures of God in the Bible and in the Christian tradition has challenged ethically concerned people of...

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Asian Anabaptists celebrated

Jun 22, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches met at Mellinger Mennonite Church June 1 to celebrate the history and growth of Anabaptist communities in Asia through music, food and...

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Impact on Confession

Jun 22, 2015 by

In all the discussion of forbearance, as used in the Chicago/Reba resolution being presented to the Mennonite Church USA convention, I’ve not yet seen an explanation of whether it would effectively render...

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Former NFL player at the center of feeding others

Jun 22, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about...

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Our ‘Tomorrowland’ today

Jun 22, 2015 by

Imagine experiencing a future of such beauty and possibility that it transforms the way you think about reality and the choices you make in the present. That’s what happens to Casey Newton — an optimistic...

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Is Christ divided?

Jun 22, 2015 by

A July 13, 1995, editorial in this newspaper asked what kind of unity the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church might be able to achieve. A merger was being considered. This would accomplish...

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Peacebuilder missing, feared murdered

Jun 22, 2015 by and

An Indigenous tribal representative opposing corporate logging on ancestral land in the Philippines was murdered April 30, according to his fellow tribesmen. Prior to his disappearance on that date, John...

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Helping enemies talk

Jun 22, 2015 by

The United Nations was established 70 years ago to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Although the U.N. has not banished war, it has provided a platform where 193 nations can engage in...

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Guiding straight paths

Jun 22, 2015 by

Several years ago, while strolling through a farmer’s market just outside of Guatemala City, I encountered a group of teenagers dressed in distinctive, conservative Mennonite garb but speaking fluent Spanish...

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MC USA collecting funds for two projects

Jun 22, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA will collect donations at its convention in Kansas City for funds to compensate victims of sexual abuse by church leaders and to support leadership education among racial-ethnic...

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Filmmaker envisions documentary on Mennonites

Jun 22, 2015 by and

A Mennonite filmmaker has announced plans for a documentary that he hopes will be the highest-profile production ever focused on Mennonites. Buller Films and the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society at...

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Howling like a jackal

Jun 22, 2015 by

I’ve not heard jackals howl in the wild, but I listened on YouTube. Try it to get in a mood to study Micah. They are more shrill and annoying than the hyenas I heard when teaching in Ethiopia. The prophet...

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Confessing without forcing

Jun 22, 2015 by

Like so many other Christian groups, Mennonite Church USA has an LGBTQ issue. But more than that, MC USA has a history problem. Unfortunately, as has happened for three decades, the two will no doubt clash at...

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Manitoba church puts MC Canada affiliation ‘on hold’

Jun 22, 2015 by

Winkler (Man.) Bergthaler Mennonite Church is considering leaving Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada after seeing acceptance of same-sex unions in the denomination. Canadian Mennonite...

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Football’s fair share

Jun 22, 2015 by

The beautiful (Mennonite) game is coming to the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. Teams of many cultures and languages will pass, shoot and maybe shove just a little bit around football...

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Form and function

Jun 22, 2015 by

Many articles and letters attempt to justify or denounce homosexuality using feelings and experiences as primary criteria. Some recognize the obvious benefits of the Genesis model and the consequences of...

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Guides from the past

Jun 22, 2015 by

In the 1940s the “Old” Mennonite Church stood at an impasse. Illinois Conference was accused, among other things, of violating a dress code and was threatened with expulsion. A special session of the...

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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Jun 15, 2015 by and

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes...

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Lancaster district makes unity central

Jun 15, 2015 by and

In the midst of questions about Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s affiliation with Mennonite Church USA, a document calling for unity is gaining traction. The document, “Radical Center,” was born out of...

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Mideast peace work grows

Jun 15, 2015 by and

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC...

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