Seek ye first the kingdom of God, not the Amish romance

May 22, 2018 by

About every two to three months, I get messages from a young woman or two wanting to become Mennonite or Amish. They’ve done no research and are looking for dress patterns or, as they call it, “Kapp”...

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God as Father

May 21, 2018 by

I’ve noticed more often lately that some of our Mennonite preachers and writers avoid calling God “Father.” Is this theologically correct? Is it wise? Do we want our children and newcomers to the church...

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Longhurst: Will truth be told?

May 21, 2018 by

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2008, Canada has been wrestling with the legacy of its residential school system for indigenous children. The topic has fueled discussion in the...

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Book review: ‘Harold and Arlene: Ministers to Many’

May 21, 2018 by

A new and inspiring biography tells the story of a pastoral couple with a deep love for God and the Mennonite Church. With lives spanning most of the 20th century, Harold and Arlene Eshleman navigated a time...

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Bible: Conflict over the Law’s meaning

May 21, 2018 by

This quarter we look at the justice of God, primarily in the message of Jesus with a bit of Paul. The Gospel of Matthew, more than the other three Gopels, tells us about conflicts Jesus faced with religious...

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Translators’ goal: a Bible, then a church

May 21, 2018 by and

All-Nations Bible Translation is 8 years old, but in a sense it’s just getting started. That’s because a Bible translation and church-planting project can take 15 to 20 years to complete. ABT founder Joel...

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Kriss: Millennials’ invitation to lead and learn

May 21, 2018 by

At Casa de Esperanza, an Anabaptist/Mennonite community in Oaxaca City, Mexico, Pastor Luis Rey Matias-Cruz invited a 20-something member of his congregation to assist in setting up tables for a midweek meal....

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Devotion in action

May 21, 2018 by

“I participated . . . and it made me think,” says Minyoung Jung of South Korea, writing of her work with a food-distribution program in Kenya by a Mennonite Central Committee partner. Her article on page 6...

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Dark deception

May 21, 2018 by

The leaders and educators of Mennonite Church USA and other church communities are increasingly adopting worldly views of compassion, love, peace and power. The powers of darkness are attempting to merge...

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Kennel-Shank: Misplaced superiority

May 21, 2018 by

I felt a surge of pride to be Mennonite while reading Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, a history of U.S. racist and antiracist ideas. He described the 1688 Germantown Petition Against Slavery as...

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Are we still radical?

May 21, 2018 by

Thanks to Tim Huber for “Criminally Christian” (Editorials, May 7). At times we pride ourselves in our Mennonite history yet neglect our history of being the radical reformers. When my wife and I were...

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Opinion: What I learned from a founder of black theology

May 21, 2018 by

When James H. Cone, a leading founder of the black theology movement, died last month, I felt the loss personally. Cone’s book God of the Oppressed changed my theological career. Early on, I knew Mennonites...

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Kraybill: In trouble for speaking truth

May 21, 2018 by

Don’t expect to be popular if you advocate Sermon on the Mount values at a time when even prominent Christian leaders schmooze politicians who trumpet greed, nationalism, racism and adultery. Alone in the...

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Evangelical Anabaptism

May 21, 2018 by

What is “evangelical Anabaptist”? It’s a designation claimed in some form by Mennonite Brethren, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference and Evana Network — which takes its...

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Just come home

May 17, 2018 by

This is the story I was told: A young man had made some poor choices. He was at the end of his rope and knew he had failed himself, his parents, and the commitment he made to his God years before. Sure, he’d...

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What superhero films teach us about heroism

May 15, 2018 by

Over the weekend, I watched the new blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. Although I enjoyed it, I am puzzled by — and a bit concerned about — the massive and continuous popularity of superhero movies. Part...

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Southeast Conference considers withdrawal

May 14, 2018 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA is weighing its options. It plans to vote in October on whether to leave the denomination, and leaders are already talking with groups that offer other...

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A new litany for ordination

May 13, 2018 by

Ordination is a big deal. It only happens once in a lifetime. There is a standard litany for ordination. But, being a writer, as I prepared for my ordination last month, I couldn’t help rewriting the...

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Hopi school administrator sentenced

May 11, 2018 by and

The former superintendent of Hopi Mission School in Kykots­movi, Ariz., was sentenced May 8 to two years in prison for embezzling money from the school. Epefanio pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire...

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What Jesus’ ascension means for us

May 10, 2018 by

So Christ ascended to heaven. What’s the big deal with that? Workers get Ascension Day off in a few places around the world, and they fly kites in Bermuda. But there are no Ascension Day sales events here in...

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Book review: ‘Soul Tending’

May 7, 2018 by

Do you remember a time when every Sunday started with three hours of church followed by a long meal, often roast beef and root vegetables that roasted in the oven while we sat in the pews? Perhaps the meal was...

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Bible: High ideals for God’s people

May 7, 2018 by

Blow the trumpet! The content of these 12 verses in Leviticus 25 is plain. Instructions from Yahweh to Moses presuppose that the Israelites are now living in the Promised Land. Each household has been allotted...

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How outward appearance matters

May 7, 2018 by

Mennonites can easily categorize the type of church another Mennonite comes from simply by their appearance. Do their wear a veil, a bonnet or a doily? Solid colors? Cape dresses? Ankle-length skirts? Pants?...

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History: A Beachy Amish dalliance while on the lam

May 7, 2018 by

He arrived in the Beachy Amish community as Bill Sousa, a drifter with an aimless soul. He left as Ernest Collins, a convicted felon who rejected his brief dalliance with Anabaptism. Nearly 40 years later, his...

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King: Chain saws and Earth

May 7, 2018 by

During maybe the latest spring since we moved to our current home in 1993, I worked on my chain saw, then riding mower. I learned about expertise and limits. I wondered about connections with Planet Earth as...

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