Goshen College announces candidate of choice for president

May 24, 2017 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Presidential Search Committee announced alumna Rebecca Stoltzfus as its candidate of choice to become the college’s 18th president during an all-campus gathering May...

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Are we practical atheists?

May 24, 2017 by

There are people who say they don’t believe in God. In our own moments of faith and confidence, we look at them wonderingly and think they must be crazy deluded, or else they’re lying to us. Because God is...

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How to pray for your enemies

May 23, 2017 by

What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who...

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Do you want to be made whole?

May 22, 2017 by

There are reasons why we are not whole. Sometimes the fault is not our own; sometimes our un-wholeness is a result of the choices of others. Sometimes we are dealt illness that cannot be cured; we are captive...

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Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service leads to baptism

May 22, 2017 by and

Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service led to a personal experience of resurrection, symbolized by baptism on Good Friday, for Kory Jones. At the time of his April 14 baptism, Jones was an MDS volunteer. He...

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Bible: The weak made mighty

May 22, 2017 by

My wife, Gloria, tells about the time her mother used the story of Jael, Sisera and the fatal tent peg for the children’s story in church. Parents were aghast, but she just said, “It’s in the...

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Kehrberg: Means, ends and baking pies

May 22, 2017 by

As we walk through the world, even along the dangerous paths we have chosen for ourselves, God worries about where we put our feet. — Tony Earley Each year my church has a smoked chicken dinner and bake sale...

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Conrad Grebel names business leader new president

May 22, 2017 by

WATERLOO, Ont. — Marcus Shantz will become Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president Oct. 1. The Board of Governors cited Shantz’s leadership skills, contributions to local business and arts...

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Science of creation

May 22, 2017 by

Burton Yost (Letters & Comments, April 24) appears to suggest the biblical creation narrative is not supported by science and therefore we must validate its truth elsewhere. He also suggests evolutionary...

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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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Anabaptism in bloom

May 22, 2017 by

Five hundred years after the first, a second Reformation is transforming the face of Christianity. This time the revolution is happening in the Global South. As historic centers of power decline in Europe and...

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Powell: Why I sing gospel

May 22, 2017 by

It’s hard to keep focused on God’s preferred future when marginalized communities are attacked and deprived of justice. People use different coping mechanisms to deal with it. Some let anger, resentment...

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Patience, prayer, power

May 22, 2017 by

The weeks following Jesus’ resurrection must have been an exciting time of transition for his followers. “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them...

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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

May 22, 2017 by

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the...

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Yoder-Short: Trust not the foxes

May 22, 2017 by

Ten baby chicks arrived at our house along with a flock of childhood memories. I grew up where banties roamed the barnyard, and spring included clucky mothers with newly hatched chicks. As I put our chicks in...

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Health care and prayer

May 22, 2017 by

On May 4, the National Day of Prayer, the U.S. House of Representatives completed the first step toward passing the American Health Care Act. When members of Congress gathered at the White House to celebrate,...

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No, Christian pacifists are not cowards

May 18, 2017 by

I am a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, which naturally means I am a Christian pacifist. I refuse to use violence against my enemies or intentionally harm them in any way, even if they harm me. I will love my...

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Lancaster students injured in bus accident

May 17, 2017 by

This story was updated May 19. Multiple people were injured when a small school bus transporting Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School students crashed the morning of May 17 in East Lampeter Township. LNP reported...

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How did political progressives think they were Anabaptists?

May 15, 2017 by

Let me tell you the story about how many politically progressive Christians came to think they were Anabaptists. (I’m mainly talking about post-evangelical progressives rather than traditional mainline...

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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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How good is too good?

May 10, 2017 by

Have you ever had the nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something extremely important? What about that sinking or jolting feeling when you miss a step and your foot hits air? Imagine this feeling was...

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Mass starvation — does anyone give a … ?

May 9, 2017 by

“I have three things I’d like to say today,” said American author Tony Campolo to a crowd at the 1982 interdenominational Spring Harvest church conference in England. “First, while you...

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Why do we abuse women?

May 8, 2017 by

Mary Magdalene has become one of my favorite New Testament figures. She is also one of the most misused and abused, a fitting symbol for women throughout the ages who are still misused, abused and blamed. Mary...

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Kriss: A good neighbor, Lydia is there

May 8, 2017 by

I live in a section of duplexes in northwestern Philadelphia. Tucked back from the street, I have the option of less interaction, compared to others who have front doors that open directly onto the sidewalk. I...

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What we’re missing

May 8, 2017 by

After pastoring and church planting for 50 years and ministering in more than 70 Mennonite congregations as a consultant, I believe something is missing from our churches. More than 2,000 Bible verses focus on...

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