Four centuries of ‘Martyrs Mirror’ to be auctioned

Mar 2, 2015 by and

Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society will auction two unusual Martyrs Mirror books March 13, including a second edition of the original Dutch published in 1685 in Amsterdam. A 1748 edition, translated...

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Ordained to be reverent

Mar 2, 2015 by

Culminating two years of being a licensed minister, and following eight years of seeing an inkling of a calling to pastoral ministry grow into a deep truth in my life, I was ordained in December. Since then,...

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Stories of reawakened hope fill MDS annual meeting

Mar 2, 2015 by and

HARTVILLE, Ohio — Close to 300 volunteers, staff and donors came together to celebrate the work of Mennonite Disaster Service during the MDS All-Unit annual meeting Feb. 13-14 at Hart­ville Mennonite...

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Three monotheisms

Mar 2, 2015 by

The Catholic theologian Hans Küng has said, “No peace among the nations without peace among the religions.” Current tension between Islam and Christianity illustrates the truth of that statement. Peace...

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Bethel student ponders lessons of military service, college

Mar 2, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — With American Sniper nominated for multiple Academy awards and Eddie Ray Routh standing trial for murder, one Bethel College senior has been thinking a lot about Chris Kyle lately. Kyle...

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By the Spirit, guided to the truth

Mar 2, 2015 by

Is that a true story? Did it really happen that way? The film Selma celebrates the civil rights march at Selma, Ala., and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Answering critiques about a few...

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Refuge of dreams

Mar 2, 2015 by

In the 1989 drama Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella hears a quiet voice tell him, “Build it, and they will come.” Obedient, he builds a baseball field in a remote cornfield that is beautiful and...

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Neckties make global ties for MWC

Mar 2, 2015 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite World Conference is making the concept of “global ties” literal. Each of the thousands of Anabaptists from around the world arriving in Harrisburg in July for the MWC assembly will...

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College is like a vaccine

Mar 2, 2015 by

The recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland got me thinking about Christian higher education and the future of the church. It’s a strange connection, I know. But hear me out. The measles outbreak has...

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Defining sin

Mar 2, 2015 by

The controversy roiling the church leads me back to the basics. Do we agree on the definition of sin? Must a sin hurt another person, or can it hurt God without (apparently) hurting another person? A possible...

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Translation project completes Scripture for Qom

Mar 2, 2015 by and

In Fortín Lavalle, Argentina, 200 people celebrated the arrival of the first complete Bibles in the Qom language Dec. 13. Qom is the original name of the Chaco’s Toba indigenous people — a name they are...

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Spirit, not rules

Mar 2, 2015 by

“Structural Change Not the Answer” (Feb. 16) says the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines “include a rule that prohibits pastors from officiating same-sex covenant ceremonies.” When do...

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Dearth of mirth

Mar 2, 2015 by

Jews don’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Protestants don’t recognize the pope as the head of the church. And Mennonites don’t recognize each other in the liquor store. Rimshot. Historically, Mennonites...

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White privilege, guilt

Mar 2, 2015 by

The night in November when the news broke that officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., I joined a group of religious leaders intent on providing a...

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Refusing to leave

Mar 2, 2015 by

Reading about another Mennonite group forming reminded me of a story out of the East African Revival. A number of churches, especially Mennonite and Anglican, were unhappy with the newness springing up in...

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Gay advocacy group gets $150,000 grant

Mar 2, 2015 by

The Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests announced Feb. 12 that it has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to assist in creating an online Center for...

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Opinion: Mistakes, regrets, lessons

Mar 2, 2015 by

When the controversy about John Howard Yoder’s sexual conduct resurfaced in 2013, I was mystified. Why was this coming up again? He’s been dead since 1997. He hasn’t been in the employment of a Mennonite...

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On the paths with Muslims

Mar 2, 2015 by

David Shenk, longtime East Africa missionary and Eastern Mennonite Missions ambassador and administrator, is also a widely read interpreter of Christian mission in Islamic contexts. Twelve Paths is his fourth...

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Supporting the undocumented, hospitality flows two ways

Mar 2, 2015 by and

One day can change a life. A one-day learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 made a big impact on the lives of youth from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., and extended to the rest of the...

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Filmmaker explores humor in Low German culture

Feb 23, 2015 by and

There’s a stereotype floating around that filmmaker Orlando Braun doesn’t like. The stiff Mennonite farmer who traded his sense of a humor for a new seed company hat just isn’t true, and Braun wants to...

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Spanish education opens doors

Feb 23, 2015 by and

Many of the 17 recent graduates of Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (Anabaptist Biblical Institute) shed tears as they gave graduation-day testimonies. It was an emotional moment, said IBA director Rafael...

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Canned meat provides drought relief

Feb 23, 2015 by and

Central America faced its worst drought in 40 years last summer when an El Niño weather pattern hit. The dry spell affected the first growing season between May and August, causing widespread crop loss. To...

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