Dressing girls

Nov 23, 2015 by

Thus far my daughters and I have rarely fought over clothes. But the middle school years have arrived, and the annoyingly predictable phrase, “Everyone is wearing this,” has now cropped up several times. I...

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CMU squashes false tale with story of growing relations

Nov 23, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Canadian Mennonite University made headlines this fall when it was revealed that workers at the CMU Farm, in collaboration with members of the Métis community, had successfully grown an...

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Giving thanks in an anxious world

Nov 23, 2015 by

I came across some Thanksgiving statistics: Eighty-eight percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. An individual might consume an average of 4,500 calories at Thanks­­giving dinner....

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Odd couple in a chariot

Nov 23, 2015 by

The Bible storybook image of this odd couple is a curiosity. Philip, the insider, dressed in drab beige, runs beside a jewel-studded chariot carrying a colorfully dressed royal Ethiopian. The educated...

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MWC, MCC join international summit calling for religious freedom

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Representatives of every stream of global Christianity met Nov. 1-5 in Tirana, Albania, for a consultation on “Discrimination, Persecution, Martyrdom: Following Christ Together.” The event was convened by...

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Full-color compassion

Nov 23, 2015 by

The African-Americans who extended amazing grace to a white killer in South Carolina in June are noble examples of Jesus’ teaching to love your enemies. Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly opened fire during a prayer...

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Refuting false doctrine during Thanksgiving season

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Thanksgiving’s roots in an encounter between European settlers and indigenous people point to a dark side of that history. Mennonites who want to raise awareness of unjust treatment of indigenous people are...

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Give not just thanks

Nov 23, 2015 by

As leaves fall and frozen turkeys thaw, the Thanksgiving season offers a chance to pause for a few days and reflect on the previous year’s goodness. Some may be giving thanks for another season of harvest...

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Bible: Sabbath-keeping, empire-breaking

Nov 23, 2015 by

I’ve never been very good at keeping the Sabbath. To my knowledge, this is the only case where public admission of habitual commandment-breaking might actually get one a raise. We moderns have a term for...

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Canadian MB Conference organizes ‘God, Sex and Church’ study event

Nov 23, 2015 by

Representatives of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches gathered for an Oct. 21-23 study conference to talk about something that is often avoided. “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of...

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A time to scatter

Nov 23, 2015 by

The words of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes 3 match the experience of Mennonite Church USA: There is a time to gather stones and a time to scatter them. The denomination is scattering. Some believe this is...

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Enemy of justice

Nov 23, 2015 by

I could face torture, prison or execution in many nations if I spoke out publicly there as I do here. The U.S. supports bloody regimes now: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Pakistan and Mexico. It has also done so...

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What doesn’t change

Nov 23, 2015 by

Change is in the air. Telephones I started using yesterday are antiques. Email is ancient. The Berlin Wall, which I visited as a 19-year-old, was toppled before today’s college students were born. Some...

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Book review: ‘Nonviolent Action’

Nov 23, 2015 by

Most people know, at least generally, what Mohandas K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did to effect change with nonviolence. But can you name four other times where nonviolence altered the course of a...

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Change the focus

Nov 23, 2015 by

Over half of the Nov. 9 front page is filled with same-sex issues. What a different message we would give to the churches and the world if that much was given to church plants, the Great Commission and the...

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Opinion: Riots are failed cries for justice

Nov 23, 2015 by

In 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” That comment resurfaced after riots by African-Americans in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore in the past two years. Deaths of...

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Virginia Conference leaders discuss same-sex attraction

Nov 18, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — One hundred pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered Nov. 9-11 at Lindale Mennonite Church for a consultation on “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship,...

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Lancaster panel reflects on changing Anabaptist world

Nov 17, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — From plain to acculturated, uniform to diverse, insulated to global, the Anabaptist movement has changed and will continue to do so. A panel of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders...

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Illinois Mennonite directs worldwide religious summit

Nov 17, 2015 by and

One of the world’s largest and oldest interfaith organizations met in the U.S. last month, and an Illinois Mennonite orchestrated the final preparations and implementation. The Parliament of the World’s...

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AMBS forerunner began 70 years ago in Chicago

Nov 17, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — In the spring of 1942, as World War II was intensifying, some American Mennonites were mobilizing to confront a growing challenge on the home front: the training of ministers and other church...

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