Showalter: Helping, not hurting

Nov 6, 2017 by

This autumn I was invited to a remarkable meeting. Two African and two Asian mission leaders met with the mission committee of a North American Mennonite congregation. I had never witnessed a meeting quite...

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Lancaster Conference returning to independence

Nov 6, 2017 by and

Two years after deciding to end its membership in Mennonite Church USA, Lancaster Mennonite Conference is returning to the independence that has been the norm in its 300-year history. Leaders of the...

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What faith cannot do

Oct 30, 2017 by

Faith is a miracle worker. It moves mountains and heals the sick and brings about the impossible. Faith is the evidence of a world unseen. But did you know that there is something faith cannot do? The past few...

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Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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Book review: ‘A Vietnam Presence’

Aug 28, 2017 by

Beyond the history books, articles, memoirs and novels published about the U.S. war in Vietnam, Luke S. Martin’s A Vietnam Presence stands apart, presenting an entirely new context. Martin takes a forceful...

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Come in, the show is free

Jul 17, 2017 by

Mennonite Church USA congregational membership and convention attendance are lower. It is apparent to anyone who has attended a denomination-wide gathering in the last two decades. Some attendees surely...

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Where did we get vacation Bible school?

Jun 22, 2017 by

If your church is anything like mine, it’s currently hosting hundreds of children for vacation Bible school: a week-long program of Bible stories, worship, missions projects, crafts and games. And if...

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Book review: ‘Smart Compassion’

May 22, 2017 by

How radical should radical hospitality get? If you are open to having foster children in your home, is one enough, or should you have two or four or maybe eight? At what point do you set a boundary? A foster...

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Kreider lit Anabaptist fire in U.K.

May 12, 2017 by , , and

Alan F. Kreider, a mission worker, scholar and speaker who ignited contemporary Anabaptism in the United Kingdom and beyond, died May 8 at his home in Goshen, Ind. He was 75 and had been diagnosed with...

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Conservative Conference seeks clearer definition

May 8, 2017 by and

When people hear the word “conservative,” what do they think? It’s a question confronting Conservative Mennonite Conference as society becomes more polarized politically and denominations fracture and...

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Mennonite Brethren affirm international community, mission

Apr 24, 2017 by

The global center of Christianity is trending southeast. For Mennonite Brethren, the hub is somewhere between Congo and India, where the two largest MB conferences are located. Thailand may not be the...

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Bible: Mercy wider than we imagine

Apr 24, 2017 by

It’s worth reading the Book of Jonah in one sitting. It won’t take more than five minutes. Getting the details freshly in mind as well as the entire scope of the story can make an old, familiar tale come...

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Michael J. Sharp’s unfinished peace mission

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed...

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Showalter: Want renewal? Pray

Apr 10, 2017 by

In the 1640s, a few English nonconformists and Puritans who had migrated to the New World began to share the gospel with Native Americans around them. In 1646, Pastor John Eliot began to lead his Indian...

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A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Workers seek to improve interfaith engagement

Mar 27, 2017 by and

AKRON, Pa. — As religious hostility, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic acts surge, a group of interfaith, peacemaking and mission workers from six Anabaptist agencies met to explore ways to improve interfaith...

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Beware the culture war

Jan 16, 2017 by

Since the U.S. presidential election, tensions have heightened rather than calmed. Polarizing and offensive statements by President-elect Donald Trump have made many Americans feel threatened for their...

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Mission-minded church leaders from 20 nations gather in Germany

Dec 12, 2016 by and

BONN, Germany — The International Missions Association has no members from Europe, but that was no obstacle to Germany hosting the organization’s annual gathering and outreach efforts. “In addition to...

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Why are so few U.S. churches named after John the Baptist?

Dec 9, 2016 by

According to our local phone directory, there are numerous churches with names of spiritual greats, Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Saints Michael, Andrew, James and Stephen; and the Saints Peter, Paul...

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Showalter: Stover Kulp, Anabaptist

Dec 5, 2016 by

I love watching God surprise me. Recently I was asked to respond to a scholarly paper in an Asian conference. Written and presented by a Nigerian, the paper explored the history of the Kanuri people of West...

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Vocation and occupation: How to respond to God’s call on your life

Nov 23, 2016 by

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve read an article about how to find your vocation, I’d be rich. And yet I wonder if they are missing a key point, which makes me want to contribute my two cents to the...

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Opinion: If you doubt, be a witness

Nov 21, 2016 by and

Runners don’t improve by sitting around and talking about the sport. They get better by running. If you doubt that you can finish a five-kilometer race, the only way to find out is to try it. In September...

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EMM worker inspires Bangladeshi churches to build bridges of peace

Nov 7, 2016 by and

Assemblies of God churches in Bangladesh have a profound commitment to peacemaking. Five Bangladeshi church districts welcomed Eastern Mennonite Missions global consultant David W. Shenk recently to visit,...

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Andres: Bugs, politics, church

Nov 7, 2016 by

As the political climate degraded this fall, I found a bit of relief in the CBS comedy-thriller BrainDead, a satire set in a Washington that’s been invaded by extraterrestrial insects feeding on the brains...

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Redeemed opportunities

Nov 1, 2016 by

Where do missed opportunities go? Are they gone forever or does God redeem them by giving us new opportunities? Here in North Africa, where living intentionally should be as easy as breathing, I still miss...

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