Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

Nov 16, 2018 by

“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up...

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Statue to honor martyr

Jun 18, 2018 by and

STEINBACH, Man. — Manitoba sculptor Peter Sawatzky has been commissioned to create a bronze statue of martyred Anabaptist Dirk Willems. Based on an engraving of Willems by Jan Luyken in Martyrs Mirror, the...

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Book review: ‘Martyrs Mirror: A Social History’

Feb 27, 2017 by

Martyrs Mirror has shaped the Anabaptist tradition more powerfully than any book besides the Bible. That is the premise of David L. Weaver-Zercher’s masterful new history of Thieleman J. van Braght’s...

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History: The ‘Anabaptists’ who weren’t

Jan 30, 2017 by

Before the Radical Reformation and before the Protestant Reformation were the Waldensians. While Protestant Christianity celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2017 and Anabaptists prepare to do likewise in eight...

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Book review: ‘Bearing Witness’

Apr 25, 2016 by

An elected public official who refuses to fulfill the responsibilities of her position is lauded as a martyr when she is briefly jailed. Businesses that discriminate against a class of people by denying them...

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Kreider a uniter who made history

Dec 29, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Robert S. Kreider, an educator and historian who championed causes of peace, service and cooperation through Anabaptist engagement with the world, died Dec. 27. He was 96. Driven by...

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Martyrdom and trampling on Christ

Apr 7, 2015 by

In 2012, I reached a landmark moment in my journey into the Mennonite world, the event that marks one’s transition from being a Christian who dabbles in Anabaptism to being one who identifies as an...

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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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‘Martyrs Mirror’ plate discovered

May 19, 2014 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — A long-lost copper plate made to illustrate the 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror has been found. It is the 31st plate known to exist of the original 104 etched by Dutch artist Jan...

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Modern ‘Mirror’

Mar 21, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — A Congo­lese pastor who forgave the armed men who had forced him to dig his own grave. A Ukrainian Mennonite Breth­ren family displaced to labor camps throughout the Soviet Union and...

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