AMBS provides resources for sexuality conversations

Nov 10, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from the work of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary faculty. AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk emphasizes that...

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Canada links lead to Cambodia ordination

Nov 10, 2014 by and

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The growth of Vietnamese Mennonite churches in British Columbia has led to closer ministry connections in Cambodia. In early June, Mennonite Church British Columbia sent three...

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What happened?

Nov 10, 2014 by

What has happened to you Mennonites? When I grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., you could always count on a Mennonite to be a person of integrity who knew the Bible and lived by it. I certainly do miss those...

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Deadly epidemic

Nov 10, 2014 by and

A public health crisis has infiltrated our North American sanctuary, a contagion so swift and indiscriminate that a moment’s contact has fatal consequences. Whenever a new strain of the virus breaks out,...

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Ebola challenges school in West Africa

Nov 10, 2014 by and

DALTON, Ohio — Despite the Liberian government closing schools in an attempt to arrest the spread of the Ebola virus, teachers at the Bridge of Hope girls’ school continue to educate through visits to...

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Avoiding Jesus

Nov 10, 2014 by

No one can truly know Christ unless they follow him daily in life. — Hans Denck You know those people in your life who you respect but find hard to be around? Sometimes it seems the church feels that way...

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Parable of the vow

Nov 10, 2014 by

A woman discovered her husband was having an affair. He agreed to visit a marriage counselor. The wife longed to reconcile if her husband would break off the affair. He objected, insisting both relationships...

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Are they really Amish?

Nov 10, 2014 by and

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Ironically, the first group convicted for religiously motivated violence under the U.S. Hate Crime Prevention Act was Amish. Or claimed to be. “This is a sad, sad bizarre story,”...

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Can we tear down the walls?

Nov 10, 2014 by

Walls hinder just relationships everywhere. Global, national and local communities have erected emotional, social and psychological walls that create uncertainty. Conflicts among religious, cultural and ethnic...

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Atlantic Coast Conference adds one, loses another

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA welcomed one congregation and said goodbye to another during its fall assembly Oct. 25 at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa. With an 88 percent...

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Two radical proposals

Nov 10, 2014 by

Next year’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., will mark an important 40th anniversary for Mennonite World Conference. It was four decades ago in July 1975 that the Presidium of MWC met in Puerto Rico to discuss...

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Avoiding division

Nov 10, 2014 by

I believe God blesses celibate and covenanted gay people no less than celibate and covenanted straight people. Over the centuries Israel and the church have slowly realized morality shaped by biology is not...

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Learning from those who left

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to sow their money in the offering plate in order to reap abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser is a Hutterite surname, but his admonition came not in an...

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Goshen marathon of hymns

Nov 10, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — With the goal of uniting in harmony to bring peace to a troubled world, Goshen College’s Hymn Club will bring together students and community members to sing continuously through every verse...

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With women eligible for combat, is draft registration next?

Nov 10, 2014 by and

As Norway became the first NATO country to require women to register for the draft this month, it has American military analysts debating whether the U.S. could be on the verge of taking the same step, too. It...

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Truth widely perceived

Nov 10, 2014 by

Brands might seem like products of consumer culture. But Mennonites have an image just as much as Apple and Walmart do. Is Anabaptism a strong brand? Could it possibly “go big”? People who work in...

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In speedy culture, slow church is better

Nov 10, 2014 by

“News of [great numbers of Greeks becoming believers] came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch” (Acts 11:22). Imagine sending a person on a 300-mile journey to check...

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The healing river rises

Nov 10, 2014 by

Our quarter ends with three passages that articulate the prophetic hope for healing. All three are full of metaphorical images that defy explanation if taken too literally. The Book of Ezekiel concludes with a...

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Rediscovered Swiss farm has wide significance

Nov 10, 2014 by and

A history professor at Bienenberg Theological Seminary in Liestal, Switzerland, recently unearthed a local piece of history with international significance. Hanspeter Jecker, who teaches at the Mennonite...

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Gulf States Conference decides not to withdraw

Nov 3, 2014 by and

A proposal for Gulf States Mennonite Conference to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA failed to pass at the Nov. 1 annual assembly at Des Allemands (La.) Mennonite Church. However, that doesn’t mean a...

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Persecuted believers’ courage inspires Thai Anabaptists

Nov 3, 2014 by and

DET UDOM, Thailand — Before Lek believed in Jesus, 10 of his 15 children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed. Lek — whose real name is not given...

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Voice of grace

Nov 3, 2014 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he said. “I generally listen when things come in...

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Issues make polity book a must-read

Nov 3, 2014 by and

Mennonite Church USA’s new ministerial polity handbook has drawn more attention than such a document usually would, due to its potential impact on issues of sexuality and credentialing authority. Since the...

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