EMU helps bring restorative justice to police department

Mar 30, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks...

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MCC meets Gaza housing needs

Mar 30, 2015 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee, through longtime Gaza Strip partner Al Najd Development Forum, is addressing housing needs for families whose homes were destroyed or damaged in July and August as...

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What kind of Bible?

Mar 30, 2015 by

This book is neither a Bible commentary nor a Bible study. It is a personal reflection based on a life of pastoral ministry and social service. The author is now serving as pastor of two small Presbyterian...

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Too many of the ‘least’ in prison

Mar 30, 2015 by

“When was it that we saw you . . . in prison and visited you?” the righteous ones asked Jesus. Jesus responded, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it...

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Biblical families

Mar 30, 2015 by

Jim Powers (Letters, March 2) asserts that “the written word of God is clear on sex, family [and] roles in the church.” However, family and sexual practices vary greatly across time and cultures, and the...

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Women overflow praise seminar

Mar 30, 2015 by , and

ORODARA, Burkina Faso — No room was big enough to hold the more than 225 women from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso who gathered for a seminar Feb. 2-6 at Orodara Mennonite Bible School. By...

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Piecing together family ties

Mar 30, 2015 by

My mom loves to sew. When she was only 8 or 9 she begged her mom to teach her to use the sewing machine. She sewed all her clothes while attending high school in Henderson, Neb. She even sewed her own wedding...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Mar 30, 2015 by and

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the...

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Whose lifestyle?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mike Combs rightly denounces the term “homosexual life­style” (Letters, March 16). I don’t know what writers mean when they use that term, but I am certain it is negative. Consider the following...

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How do you see it?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Last month on the Internet, a particular dress went viral when people couldn’t agree on whether the dress was blue and black or white and gold. When my daughter showed me the photo, I saw a blue dress with...

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What about war?

Mar 30, 2015 by

The article on Choice Books (“100,000,000 Books,” Feb. 16) notes that Choice Books displays are in the Pentagon shopping area and in Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores. One book on the Choice...

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Opinion: Christ-centered unity is still possible

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA faces the pivotal question of what unites us and what divides. The dominant issue in our time is acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the church. It’s a question of what constitutes...

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Paraguayan critique

Mar 30, 2015 by

“The press,” writes Franklin Klassen, editor of Chaco-Press, a new monthly newspaper published in the Menno Colony of the Paraguayan Chaco, “is the conscience of a society. When offenses happen, the...

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Jesus didn’t just look human

Mar 30, 2015 by

When I taught Bible at Messiah College, I often had students from fundamentalist churches. They certainly knew their fundamentals, one of which was “Jesus is God.” As we studied the Gospels, they never...

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War without end

Mar 30, 2015 by

The U.S. military response to terrorism has not brought peace and stability to the Middle East but disintegration and disorder. The current enemy, the Islamic State, emerged from the Iraqi civil conflict,...

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Secrecy enabled sin

Mar 30, 2015 by

Few things cause as much damage and pain in the church as secrecy. Hiding information spawns suspicion, distortion and lies. Secrecy fosters an imbalance of power, as those few people in the know can act with...

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Undeserved Easter

Mar 30, 2015 by

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection is a study in humanity’s shortcomings. It seems designed to contrast a divine plan with mortal mistakes. There is the parade of offenses in the garden before...

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Iowa pastor deported to Honduras

Mar 25, 2015 by and

Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was deported March 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to San Pedro, Honduras. Co-pastor of Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte (First Mennonite Church) in Iowa City with...

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Ohio Conference affirms Confession of Faith

Mar 24, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s Ohio Conference delegates passed a resolution on March 14 stating its credentialing committee will not recognize any request to credential a pastor in a same-sex relationship....

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Conservative Anabaptists reject fundamentalism

Mar 23, 2015 by and

NAPPANEE, Ind. — Chester Weaver believes in fundamentals of Christianity such as the virgin birth, Christ’s bodily resurrection and the creation story. Fundamentalism, however, is another matter — and...

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AMBS on abuse: ‘We failed you’

Mar 23, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor became one of the most...

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Jamaica pastor dies during annual assembly

Mar 23, 2015 by and

The vice president of Jamaica Mennonite Church, Donavan Maitland, died of a heart attack March 8 at the church’s annual assembly, causing it to end early. Maitland, the pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in...

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