Kinsinger: What I’ve learned about marriage (in 3 months)

Mar 9, 2020 by

Maybe it’s laughable for someone who’s been married three months to try to say anything at all about it yet. All the same, I know a whole lot more about marriage now than I did 91 days ago. Here are a few...

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Fog of marriage understandings

Mar 9, 2020 by

To the Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council: Around your table, discussion will soon take place concerning the work of the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group. Concerning marriage, some...

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Kinsinger: I made my own wedding dress

Jan 27, 2020 by

I made my own wedding dress. I have sewed dresses for myself since I was a teenager, moving from frustration and seam rippers to calm satisfaction in watching the pieces fit together, just so. My wedding dress...

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Miller: Our love story

Dec 9, 2019 by

This column is a combined effort by my fiance and me, written before our wedding on Nov. 23. Ivan: I like to read; therefore I get a few book catalogs. One day I noticed an ad for a new book, Anything But...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

Nov 25, 2019 by

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to...

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I feel guilty about my free time

Jul 17, 2019 by

When I was bemoaning my singleness once, a wise person told me, “You made your choices.” At first, I wanted to complain, “But I didn’t know the consequences of those choices! I didn’t know that...

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In all sincerity

Jun 24, 2019 by

The bride’s grandparents led the wedding procession. The two grandmothers walked down the center aisle; a grandson pushed the grandfather’s wheelchair. The attendants were next, followed by the groom and...

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Reasons we support same-sex marriage — or not

Feb 1, 2019 by

1. Our nation recognizes two men or two women committing themselves in marriage. We who follow Jesus often resist the norms of society around us. Nonetheless, our surrounding culture impacts us: we...

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Ready to repent

Apr 24, 2017 by

I am amazed at God’s faithfulness to his people as seen in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Three remnants travel from Babylon to the Promised Land. The people go back with the goal of rebuilding their land...

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Shocking ordination

Jan 30, 2017 by

I am shocked and profoundly disturbed by the ordination of lesbian Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver by Mountain States Mennonite Conference leaders (Jan. 2). This is a disgrace for the Mennonite...

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What Mary doesn’t tell you

Dec 8, 2016 by

“Mary!” Ben yelled. “Get downstairs and check your soup! It’s boiling over! How dumb can you be? Don’t you know that you just don’t walk off when you’re cooking? Hurry!” “I’m coming,”...

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Book review: ‘Very Married’

Oct 24, 2016 by

In July, my parents celebrated their 53rd anniversary. This seems a miracle of sorts to me, not because their marriage was especially contentious but because they spent very little time together before...

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God, the divorcé

Aug 10, 2016 by

“I observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce”  — Jeremiah 3:8a “This is what the Lord says: Where is...

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The pope has a point about marriage

Jun 20, 2016 by

Pope Francis got himself in trouble recently for suggesting that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are “invalid” because couples do not fully appreciate that they are...

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What’s up with marriage?

Jun 20, 2016 by

People get divorced all the time. It’s always sad to hear it through the grapevine, but for the first time it happened to people I know intimately. It is devastating. While others’ tragedy has made me...

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Letter to my Mennonite church

Apr 4, 2016 by

I love my Mennonite church. I love to see the old and the young worshiping together. I love the diversity and the heart of our Mennonite people to break down walls and love each other with the holy love of...

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Comments at sexuality study conference prompt an apology from MB leadership

Jan 18, 2016 by

A study conference on human sexuality held last fall by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was intended to reinforce the denomination’s Confession of Faith, yet conversations and...

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Bible: Mirror of God or idolatry?

Jan 4, 2016 by

It’s hard to tell which makes Christians more nervous — talking about God in the language of sex (Hosea) or talking about sex in the context of God (Song of Songs). The Book of Hosea makes sexual...

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Birth pangs of the Jerusalem church

Aug 31, 2015 by

If we were reading this narrative as Luke intended, we would not start halfway through Acts 4. So let’s first get situated. Acts is Luke’s second volume and follows directly after his account of Jesus’...

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Godlike authority

Aug 3, 2015 by

Only a person who pretends God is not the ruler over all things can claim the right to redefine marriage. It would seem as though some have never left the Garden of Eden, where Adam decided he knew better than...

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Canadian MB response to same-sex wedding: it wasn’t us

Apr 13, 2015 by

Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders needed to clear up confusion about whether their denomination was involved in a same-sex wedding. Responding to numerous inquiries, the leaders, Willy Reimer and Brian...

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After ban lifted, same-sex couples wed at Germantown

Jul 14, 2014 by and

After a federal judge ruled Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional May 20, Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia hosted two marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. Pastor...

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I’m weary of blessing same-faith divorces

Jun 4, 2014 by

You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation. . . . Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay...

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Opinion: Welcoming, not affirming

Apr 28, 2014 by and

How should Mennonite churches respond to noncelibate gay or lesbian people? Pressure to accept them without reservation into the fellowship is strong. My decade and a half with a ministry to people dealing...

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Honoring heritage, by any name

Feb 17, 2014 by

Names matter. They mark us as shaped by particular people who chose them or carried them down. A colleague who recently became engaged asked my thoughts about last names. I’ve received such questions for as...

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