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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Binding and blinding

Jun 21, 2017 by

Back in February, I remarked that Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind should be required reading for all who spend time on social media, particularly those who like to go to war over ideas. I said that this...

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Unseen logic

Jun 20, 2017 by

Several years ago, my life group decided to each pick a one-word theme for our year instead of a list of New Year’s resolutions. Never having been someone to make New Year’s resolutions, I liked the...

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Hardship and hope

Jun 19, 2017 by

Having been away for some weeks, I read through several issues of MWR at one sitting. You report on hard things, like Mennonites fleeing their homes in Congo and our internal conflicts, but hope and...

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Kingdom Fellowship Weekend seeks ‘pilgrim church’

Jun 19, 2017 by and

A gathering of 20 young adults for Bible study, prayer and fellowship 13 years ago has grown into an annual event that draws about 1,000 people from conservative Anabaptist congregations and others interested...

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Christ’s ultimatum

Jun 19, 2017 by

For several decades Mennonites have spent an enormous amount of energy and resources deciding the best way to organize. Has it brought us to a better end? My sense is we are more divided than ever. Is all this...

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Bible: Life begins at 80?

Jun 19, 2017 by

A friend said he always wished he could have a burning bush experience. Instead, most of us spend years wondering what God might be calling us to do. We might sense God’s call to this or that profession or...

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Is a God who loves enough?

Jun 19, 2017 by

“I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians...

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We can do it, too

Jun 19, 2017 by

Thanks for the great article by Phyllis Lyndaker and Rosanna M. Moser on a comforter blitz in upstate New York, resulting in about 160 comforters for Mennonite Central Committee (“Joy of Giving Multiplies...

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Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Jun 19, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues...

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Root of the matter

Jun 19, 2017 by

A tree is known by its fruit. The same goes for churches. The apple industry is revolutionizing itself by getting to the root of a blight problem, and its tactic should be of interest to evangelically minded...

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Born to sing for God

Jun 19, 2017 by

The song leader raised his hands to heaven. “Lift up this evening,” he implored. Or prayed? Fifty thousand voices responded with shouts of joy. An electric guitar chimed a prelude to a plea and a praise:...

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Longhurst: Faith begets giving

Jun 19, 2017 by

A new survey is out about Canadians and religion, and it reveals some interesting things. The survey by Canadian pollster Angus Reid found that 21 percent of Canadians identify as religiously committed; 30...

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Kennel-Shank: People over profits

Jun 19, 2017 by

The other day I was talking to a colleague who, like me, admires the 20th-century Christian radical Dorothy Day and life in intentional community, but isn’t starry-eyed about either. The conversation found...

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Program restores sex offenders

Jun 19, 2017 by and

The Canadian government will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to a Mennonite-supported program that helps convicted sex offenders reintegrate into the community. Circles of Support and...

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Book review: ‘Unexpected Invitations’

Jun 19, 2017 by

In Unexpected Invitations, Angela and Erwin Rempel tell of serving together in Mennonite ministries for four decades. From Brazil to Botswa­na and Pennsylvania to Kansas, they heeded God’s calls with a...

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Bluffton University president announces retirement plans

Jun 19, 2017 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Bluffton University President James M. Harder will retire June 30, 2018, after serving 12 years. Kent Yoder, chair of the university’s board of trustees, announced Harder’s plans at the...

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Living into the Sabbath

Jun 16, 2017 by

In her book Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture, Francine Klagsbrun introduces us to the wonder of the Sabbath day. She calls it a miracle because no such day existed until it appeared full-blown in...

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Our ‘I come to the garden alone’ theology

Jun 15, 2017 by

The past century has seen a rise in popular gospel songs like “In the Garden,” sometimes known by its first line, “I Come to the Garden Alone.” Written in 1912 by C. Austin Miles, it...

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Agri-Urban, a link of farm and town, comes to an end

Jun 12, 2017 by and

Branding isn’t as hot a topic as it used to be for Western District Conference. Decades of burning a stylized “AU” on young cattle in the spring came to a close last year when the last batch of...

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‘Thy will be done’

Jun 12, 2017 by

This simple statement yet difficult mission was the life and the food of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. I am firmly grounded in this truth believing that this, as it was for Jesus, is our faith through...

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Watson: Deeper than charity

Jun 5, 2017 by

Reparations is a chilling word to most white people. An aggressive, accusatory word that will have many people skipping over this column before they finish the first paragraph. I invite you to stay with me. As...

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Ignoring evidence

Jun 5, 2017 by

How tiresome to see that some still claim science doesn’t support the theory of evolution (Letters & Comments, May 22). There are millions of pieces of evidence for evolution in museums and libraries...

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Bible: Were these men heroes?

Jun 5, 2017 by

How do we square the God revealed in Jesus with the stories of Samson and Jephthah, which barely reflect any understanding of a God of love and grace for all people? Jephthah is known more for an impulsive vow...

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Anabaptists make good subjects to study aging, mental illness

Jun 5, 2017 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — It’s one of the puzzles of medical science: Why do some people age faster than others? Is it genes or behavior? Nature or nurture? A study of Mennonites in Kan­sas and Nebraska has helped...

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