Smoking, driving and deep theology

Jan 2, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Suppose your job is to answer impossibly complex questions, sometimes dealing with theology and even eternal destiny. How do you respond? This was the volunteer task of Erwin and Angela...

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Moabites, bonnets and pleas for help

Dec 27, 2016 by

Millions of people will never pick up a book about Mennonites or enter a Mennonite church. But they will visit thirdway.com to get a glimpse of what Mennonites are about. Erwin and Angela Rempel, who...

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Song project fund drive draws on love for ‘606’

Sep 6, 2016 by

A fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been launched at HymnalProject606.com. The fundraising phase is called Project 606, so dubbed from the...

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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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Project 606: Team assembles to replace 1992 hymnal by 2020

Jan 4, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “Project 606,” MennoMedia’s song collection project for the next hymnal serving Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, is beginning this year. MennoMedia began accepting...

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God’s love shines

May 11, 2015 by

I am grateful for wonderful teachers like Esther Kratzer Koontz who catch the essence and vision of the Shine curriculum (“Sunday School Shines,” April 13). Thank you to Esther for sharing her testimony....

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It’s time for a new hymnal

Apr 27, 2015 by

The time is near for the next generation’s hymnal. Scheduled for release in 2020, it will be more than a printed book. Representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA laid...

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Testimony: Sunday school shines

Apr 13, 2015 by

MennoMedia’s new Shine Sunday school curriculum for children is praiseworthy: easy to plan, easy to teach and committed to deep and simple truths that stick with me all week long. I commute 45 minutes to...

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Not your typical birthday bash

Apr 6, 2015 by

I love a good party. Perhaps that’s to be expected of a director of development and church relations. You’d think someone whose job it is to meet people would enjoy being in a crowd. But the party I am...

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Bible study series adds female voices

Apr 6, 2015 by and

Female writers have a voice for the first time in a decades-long project to publish commentaries on the entire Bible. MennoMedia on Feb. 9 released Lamentations, Song of Songs, the 27th volume of its Believers...

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I don’t have a hammer, but I have a Mennonite hymnal

Jan 20, 2015 by

This is the text of a speech made by Bobby Switzer at the Laurelville Worship and Song Leaders’ Retreat held Jan. 10. If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over...

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How to be Amish and happy

Dec 8, 2014 by

Dear Loren Beachy, When I heard about your book, I recalled that tourists visit the Amish, scholars study them and fiction writers use them with great success. It seems appropriate to hear directly from the...

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Get ready to chase the Amish dream

Oct 20, 2014 by

In case you hadn’t noticed, a long line of people stands ready to tell you Amish stories. They include: Producers of Amish-themed reality TV shows. Tourist-venue operators. Writers of Amish fiction. Writers...

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Binational polity manual now available

Aug 18, 2014 by

ELKHART, Ind. — A newly revised polity manual for leadership in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been released as a working document. The book, A Shared Understanding of Church...

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Author, editor, pastor dies at 85

Jul 18, 2014 by and

John M. Drescher, a prolific author and well-known speaker, teacher, pastor and editor of Gospel Herald, died July 10 in Quakertown, Pa. He was 85. Drescher authored 37 books, including Why I Am a...

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Publishers adapt to a changing market

May 12, 2014 by and

In December, megachurch pastor Bill Hybels preached a sermon introducing the peace framework from John Paul Lederach’s book The Journey Toward Reconciliation to his congregation of more than 24,000...

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‘Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well’

Apr 25, 2014 by

In early April I had the privilege of helping my Mom celebrate her 92nd birthday. My wife, three brothers, and their spouses all gathered in Rhode Island, my home state, at a very nice Italian restaurant close...

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Video translated into sign language

Feb 19, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. and ELKHART, Ind. — Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language version of Who Are the Mennonites?, a DVD/video produced by a...

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