Cowboy church reaches ranching culture

Dec 2, 2019 by and

It was Saturday afternoon of the rodeo. Stan Norman climbed into the bull pen, baptizing two bull riders in a stock tank surrounded by the largest bulls and broncs. “All I asked the bull riders was they...

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MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Dec 2, 2019 by and

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or...

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Book review: Speaking of God

Nov 27, 2019 by

Speaking of God is the task of all Christians. A lot has been said, and the story of this conversation is not a simple one. But Anthony G. Siegrist has done it well. In Speaking of God: An Essential...

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Bible: The chronicler’s story of hope

Nov 27, 2019 by

First and Second Chronicles are pretty obscure for many Christians. The Common Lectionary that many Protestant groups use for worship covers most of the Bible in its three-year cycle but does not use a single...

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Jesus and the Old Testament on killing

Nov 25, 2019 by

God, incarnate in Jesus Christ, tells us to love our enemies. How does that fit with Old Testament commands to kill? After Joshua 10 describes Joshua conquering city after city, it concludes: “He totally...

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Interfaith vision

Nov 25, 2019 by

I would like to express my appreciation to Tim Huber for “Mountain Welcome” about the 50th anniversary of the Aspen Chapel in Colorado. This involved a considerable amount of research about the chapel and...

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Kriss: The Spirit in the details

Nov 25, 2019 by

Over the last few months of the reconciliation process of Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference, I have grown to better understand the idea that “the devil is in the...

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Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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Kraybill: Bold in face of terrible truth

Nov 25, 2019 by

Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem tells terrible truth about the complicity of many, including Christians, in Hitler’s campaign of hatred and genocide across Europe. I leave darkened halls of that...

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Lost gravestones found in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2019 by and

Communist efforts to wipe out the memory of religious groups in the 1930s resulted occasionally in the Soviet Union being built on a Mennonite foundation. An example of just that was discovered in July when a...

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Words of gratitude

Nov 25, 2019 by

This Thanksgiving we are grateful for the published word. We are thankful for Mennonite writers, publishers and the readers who support them. Our gratitude is tinged with sadness, as the death of a Mennonite...

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The Mennonite Inc. board looks toward merger with MWR Inc.

Nov 25, 2019 by

ELKHART, Ind. — The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc. on Nov. 2 looked with excitement at the continued work with Mennonite World Review Inc. to form a new, independent Anabaptist communications...

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Longhurst: End of the ‘Herald’

Nov 25, 2019 by

In 2016 Carol Penner, then pastor of Len­drum Mennonite Brethren Church in Edmonton, started a blog called “Dear MB Herald.” The reason she started it was because there were almost no letters to the...

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Group to advise MC USA on Membership Guidelines

Nov 25, 2019 by

An advisory group has been assigned to recommend how to decide the future of the Mennonite Church USA Membership Guidelines. After a Nov. 15-17 meeting in Chicago, the group is expected to deliver a report to...

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Miller: Please, don’t talk about that

Nov 25, 2019 by

Dear Family: I know we’re all looking forward to gathering at Grandma’s house this Christmas to enjoy holiday food and catch up on the latest happenings with our loved ones. But, as you all remember, last...

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Canned meat for ‘humble people in need’

Nov 25, 2019 by and

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner operator Tristan Pries had to fight back tears. “We were helping the homeless people with the food,” he said. “I learned to...

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I didn’t just change my mind

Nov 22, 2019 by

Moses got a burning bush. In my case, the voice wasn’t in a burning bush. It wasn’t even a voice. After hosting 20 exchange students, I was done. Done transporting, making food, listening to teenage...

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Bethel College community reacts to sexual assault arrest

Nov 18, 2019 by and

The arrest of a North Newton, Kan., man has prompted the Bethel College community to evaluate how it responds to allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Ted Mueller, 84, was arrested Oct. 31 at his home...

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