Book review: ‘Magpie’s Blanket’

May 9, 2016 by

The novel Magpie’s Blanket begins this way: “The sky swallowed the sun, wrapping the yellow orb’s brilliance in moody, slate-colored tones, pressing it down close to the earth and preventing it from...

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Bible: Salvation for a tax collector

May 9, 2016 by

Humility is a theme of all three of these stories in the Gospel of Luke. We might expect such a theme from the story of people bringing the little children to Jesus and Jesus’ saying, “Whoever does not...

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Slippery slopes don’t always go downhill

May 9, 2016 by

Never underestimate the power of an analogy. And never simply accept it. — James K. A. Smith I am not always the most rational of persons. I’m prone to exaggeration and catastrophizing, so it isn’t...

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Evangelicals for justice

May 9, 2016 by

We have heard a lot about evangelicals recently, particularly their engagement in political campaigns. Evangelical Christianity has been equated with Christian factions that support ultra-conservative...

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Unsettling stories

May 9, 2016 by

“The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” The Bible says some unsettling things. Multiple bloodbaths clear the way for The Chosen. Smashers of babies against rocks are called blessed. The list of...

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Always an outsider

May 9, 2016 by

What happens when a North American of a different subculture joins a “traditional Mennonite” congregation whose immigrant ancestors were already Anabaptist when they first arrived from Germany, Switzerland...

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Heritage, ethnicity are rural communities’ assets

May 9, 2016 by

I affirm Ben Goossen’s exploration of Mennonite complicity as agents of colonization (“Legacy of a Mennonite State,” April 11). I have long been mindful of my own ancestors’ roles as agents of...

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Colombia has not become a model of success

May 9, 2016 by

Two articles on Colombia — “Whom to Thank for Hope?” by Levi Miller (Feb. 29) and “Co­lombia’s Turnaround” by How­ard LaFranchi (April 11) — left me deeply disturbed. I want to address three...

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A decade for unity

May 9, 2016 by

Beginning with a conference next February in Augsburg, Germany, Renewal 2027 will be a 10-year series of Mennonite World Conference events culminating in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginnings...

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American Moses

May 9, 2016 by

Harriet Tubman was an American Moses. Escaping slavery in Maryland in 1849, she risked her life dozens of times by returning to the South and leading countless slaves to freedom. She was a powerful voice for...

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Lancaster churches explore options

May 9, 2016 by and

More than a dozen Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations are beginning to narrow down ways they might continue relating to Mennonite Church USA. Options include forming a new MC USA conference or...

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Reba Place chooses ‘third way’ on sexuality

May 9, 2016 by and

Reba Place Fellowship has found it is possible to remain united despite differing views on same-sex marriage. Taking “a third-way approach,” the Evanston, Ill., group has opened its long-term covenant...

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Healing ministry in ‘battle zone’ of abuse

May 9, 2016 by

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Physical and sexual abuse in the Amish-Mennonite community weighs heavily on Larry and Kendra Kaufman, pastoral couple at Grace Mennonite Church. Just this year in their community, the...

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Opinion: Is Christ the Lord of our politics?

May 9, 2016 by

This year’s U.S. presidential election may be the most important in my lifetime. Let me be clear: Politics is not the most important thing in life. Being the church, living out day by day what it means to be...

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Organizations respond to Ecuador earthquake

May 9, 2016 by

Local Mennonites and mission agencies responded after a powerful earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador April 16, followed by a second quake four days later. At least 570 people were killed, and more...

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Show traces family roots to story of Amish faithfulness

May 9, 2016 by , and

On many Sundays, Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, can be found preaching or speaking at Mennonite churches, meetings, conventions or other gatherings. But on a Sunday evening in...

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