Draft a new solution

Jun 6, 2016 by

On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee stripped a proposal from a defense policy bill that would have required women to register with the Selective Service, just like men already...

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Dear MB Church

Jun 6, 2016 by

If you wrote a letter to your denomination or area conference, what would you say? That’s the question Carol Penner asked herself recently. In her case, it was about the Canadian Conference of Mennonite...

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Opinion: Pastor’s action wasn’t misconduct

Jun 6, 2016 by and

Virginia Mennonite Conference has suspended the ministerial credentials of my pastor, Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, because he officiated at a same-sex wedding. Villegas...

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Syrian refugees depend on MCC food

Jun 6, 2016 by and

With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures: As many as 470,000 dead; 4.6 million refugees who have fled the country; 6.6 million displaced within it; 13.5...

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Coming to terms with millstones

Jun 6, 2016 by

I read the 150-page report from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office about the abuse cases of the Altoona-Johnstown (Pa.) Catholic Diocese in the midst of writing a doctoral dissertation on...

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A fool’s errand

Jun 6, 2016 by

It is ironic that in response to a Catholic statement renouncing the “just war” ethic, a Mennonite editorial declares its benefits (“Can War Be Just?,” May 23). Why this surprising turnabout? In part,...

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Pastor’s resignation

Jun 6, 2016 by

I am deeply grieved that the leaders of Virginia Mennonite Conference and the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA have rejected the gifts and ministry of Isaac Villegas. It seems they have (again) chosen...

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Real spiritual powers

Jun 6, 2016 by

I affirm David D. Flowers’ “Scattered Souls” (May 9). In our Western worldview and culture, we seldom hear someone openly refer to the devil, demonic forces and principalities and powers as if they...

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Yearning for God

Jun 6, 2016 by

If asked, “Are you pious?,” most Christians wouldn’t claim to be. Reverence is a virtue, but piety suggests excessive religiosity. The pious, we think, are self-righteous, solemn, sanctimonious. One...

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In Iraq’s war zone, aid workers trust God

Jun 6, 2016 by and

From her home in Franklin County, Pa., 18-year-old Rosa prepared last month to depart for the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq and remain there indefinitely. Sinjar is still considered a war zone. Kurds and...

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Book review: ‘The Patient Ferment of the Early Church’

Jun 6, 2016 by

Alan Kreider, emeritus professor of church history and mission at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, has capped his career with a masterwork on the rise of the early church. All future scholars of the...

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Generosity’s benefits

Jun 6, 2016 by

Once in a while, when I can’t sleep at night, I channel surf. Occasionally, I find a channel with a preacher promising that if I just send some money, I’ll get more money in return. I’ve been warned...

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We live in an age of martyrdom

Jun 6, 2016 by

Thousands of Christians have been slaughtered by Boko Haram in Nigeria in recent years, and most of the Western church barely seems to notice. Lord, when did we see you homeless, or hungry, or kneeling in the...

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Bible: Judgment and a faithful remnant

Jun 6, 2016 by

In just three chapters, the Book of Zephaniah does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the Old Testament prophets. He offers a sharp critique of the kingdom of Judah, focusing on its leaders. And he...

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Kenyans equipped for relations with Muslims

May 31, 2016 by and

Waiting for a taxi at a tea shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jona­than Bornman asked a young Somali refugee if he had any prayer needs. The man replied, “I want to go to paradise.” Bornman responded, “I am a...

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Trump PAC reaches out to Amish voters

May 31, 2016 by and

Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? A new political action committee is betting $41,000 they will. Called Amish PAC,...

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MC USA board member resigns after same-sex wedding

May 23, 2016 by and

A member of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board has resigned after officiating a same-sex wedding May 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended Isaac Villegas’ credentials on May...

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