Genesis: real history

Mar 21, 2014 by

Origins is a topic of tremendous importance. Where did the human race come from? How did we get here? Are we the product of an all-powerful God who designed our amazing bodies and souls and created us for a...

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Trust the Spirit

Mar 21, 2014 by

It is difficult to understand why the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board cannot trust the Spirit to work in congregations and conferences that do not agree with it. Board members seem to think “the...

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Hearing both sides

Mar 20, 2014 by

Opinion pieces appearing in Mennonite periodicals today include exhortations for patience as the church transitions from believing homosexual intimacy to be a sin to rejecting that belief. As I read I Cor....

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Wayward children

Mar 20, 2014 by

Is a church that tears families apart doing God’s will? The sadness and resignation of the young adults who appear in The Amish: Shunned testify the answer is no. The documentary premiered Feb. 4...

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Being the church together

Mar 20, 2014 by

The town of Molochansk in Ukraine was once home to 15,000 citizens. Over time, a lack of work prompted more than half to leave one of the oldest parts of what used to be the Mennonite Molotschna settlement to...

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A donkey, not a warhorse

Mar 20, 2014 by

Zechariah offers good news for a people at war. Their deliverer has come! His feet have trod on the necks of his enemies, and his followers can rest in the knowledge that their world has been set right....

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Three institutions collaborate for MBA program

Mar 17, 2014 by , , and

Business and organizational personnel who want to develop their leadership skills, enhance productivity and increase profits while contributing to the common good now have the chance to enroll in a...

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Patriotism that knows no borders

Mar 17, 2014 by

Genuine patriotism seeks the glory of God and the good of fellowmen in every clime and nation. There are no national boundaries for the truly enlightened child of God. — Daniel Kauffman, 1914 A hundred...

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‘Regular lives’ pursued in Ukraine

Mar 17, 2014 by and

As political and economic instability ripples across parts of Ukraine, Mennonite agencies — sometimes in communities once home to North and South American Mennonites’ ancestors — are working to help...

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Immigrants from former Soviet Union challenge German secularism

Mar 17, 2014 by and

BERLIN — The sanctuary is full and still. An usher walks the perimeter, opening windows first on the men’s side and then on the women’s. Behind the pulpit, to the left of the seated choir, the third...

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Ohio letter urges Mountain States to reverse decision or face discipline

Mar 17, 2014 by and

Fifty-two current and retired pastors and church leaders in Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA signed a Feb. 5 letter calling on Mountain States Conference to reverse its decision to license a pastor in...

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Bible quizzing tournament marks 40 years of study and fun

Mar 17, 2014 by and

For a Bible quizzer, the end-of-season invitational tournament is like the World Series of Quiz, says coordinator Fred Hertzler of Lancaster, Pa. He and his wife, Chris, are helping to plan and organize the...

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MWR Inc. donations rise; income declines

Mar 17, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Donors’ support and lower costs due to the first full year of biweekly publication kept the Mennonite World Review Inc. budget balanced as income declined in 2013. At the nonprofit...

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Jesus’ story and the larger story

Mar 17, 2014 by

Adapted from the television miniseries The Bible, the film Son of God hit theaters last month. Most film critics were disappointed, noting redeeming moments but concluding it failed cinematically. Among...

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‘Mission from below’ great equalizer for North, South

Mar 17, 2014 by

CHICAGO — Cesar García wonders what would happen if multicultural mission teams took vows of poverty like monastic orders do. He posed the question Jan. 22 at the annual consultation of the Council of...

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At ‘Big House’ in Benin, no one’s called an orphan

Mar 17, 2014 by

ALLADA, Benin — Despite the presence of more than 200 children within the walls of a spacious compound, the ochre-colored-brick buildings and lush greenery exude peace and harmony. It lives up to the name...

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Task force prepares for leaders to discuss Mountain States action

Mar 17, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA has appointed a task force to frame questions for discussion at the March 20-22 Constituency Leaders Council meeting in North Newton, Kan., in...

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