Fresno Pacific’s gain leads fall enrollment totals

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University set an enrollment record this fall by adding more than 250 students.   Four other U.S. Mennonite colleges, universities and seminaries grew enrollment, while three...

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Nigerian Brethren suffering

Oct 13, 2014 by

More than 3,000 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria have been killed by terrorist forces. The church — known as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN — reported Sept. 29 that attacks by the...

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Kenyan births peace churches in wake of violence

Oct 13, 2014 by , and

SOTIK, Kenya — One man has transformed the warring town of Sotik into a community of reconciliation and peace. George Nyaundi, a Mennonite pastor and church planter, has worked for peace in Sotik ever since...

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Tart and tasty

Oct 13, 2014 by

In his 1983 book Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson, a political scientist, suggested that communities can sometimes form even though their members never encounter each other face-to-face. What matters is...

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Vision of unity

Oct 13, 2014 by

Loosening the ties that bind might solve some of Mennonite Church USA’s problems. But what the church needs most is to agree on two things: Unity is not uniformity, and accountability should be relational,...

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Sky’s the limit for church building campaign

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Barb Krehbiel Gehring proved the sky’s the limit when raising funds for building a new church. On Sept. 28, Gehring, co-pastor of Manhattan (Kan.) Mennonite Church, skydived from 1,300 feet to boost...

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Black women lead regional retreat for national crowd

Oct 13, 2014 by and

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Cyneatha Millsaps, pastor at Community Mennonite Church, Markham, Ill., has been around the Mennonite blocks of community life. She persists in participating in Mennonite life, though it...

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Look for the causes

Oct 13, 2014 by

The rise of the ISIS movement shocks and frightens and gives us a feeling of despair. These forces of savagery are unimaginable, and the worst may be yet to come. It makes us wonder about the causes of such...

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Youth eager to work

Oct 13, 2014 by

I was dismayed at Jennifer Murch’s disparaging descriptions of our youth (“Let’s Revolutionize Youth Mission Trips“). She has seen them complain, refuse hospitality, make fun of the host...

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Light in the darkness

Oct 13, 2014 by

I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to a movement within the Church of the Breth­ren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus. I am writing 1,000 letters to public figures about the...

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Ethiopians can’t be contained

Oct 13, 2014 by and

The Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia is the largest Mennonite denomination in the world with almost a half-million active participants. Yet it is struggling to raise the money to complete an office building...

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Bible as authority, not idol

Oct 13, 2014 by

Of all the factors that led to the Protestant Reformation and the Radical Reformation, nothing was as revolutionary as the translation of the Bible into the language of the people and the development of new...

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FEBC delegates approve anti-evolution statement

Oct 13, 2014 by

LANGHAM, Sask. — The Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches has amended its doctrinal statement to say the first 11 chapters of Genesis are literal history. The new statement is “an anti-evolution...

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EMM returns 10 from Africa

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Five Eastern Mennonite Missions workers and their families returned to the United States Sept. 4 as a safety precaution after the first confirmed case of Ebola in Senegal. Beryl Forrester was volunteering in...

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Background noise

Oct 13, 2014 by

When I work, I often play music in the background. Recently I noticed that I was gravitating toward playlists I’d made from film soundtracks. I enjoyed the music itself, but I was also experiencing something...

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Mission’s starting point

Oct 13, 2014 by

The way we talk about mission in North America is dangerous, says Anton Flores-Maisonet. We think “we have some type of extraordinary gift,” he said, and when we reach out to others in mission, “we are...

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Fragile privileges in Bolivia

Oct 13, 2014 by and

A potential presidential decree that would strip privileges promised to Mennonites in Bolivia has Low German Old Colony members concerned about their future. The decreto supremo — which has been written but...

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Has God made a just world?

Oct 13, 2014 by

In our previous lesson we saw that even amid all his trauma Job remains steadfast. He continues to live in the light of his commitment to righteousness. He trusts God and lives blamelessly. But Job’s test...

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Can Anabaptists rock and roll?

Oct 13, 2014 by

“Are Anabaptists ready to rock and roll?” That was the question asked by Amy Gingerich of MennoMedia on the Mennobytes blog in September. Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia, asked the question...

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Opinion: Finding the center

Oct 13, 2014 by

What have we done with God’s good news? The church tends to define the good news as something we have — and if you become like us, we may let you in on it too. My vision for the Mennonite church is simple:...

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Philadelphia churches offer sanctuary for immigrants

Oct 13, 2014 by and

Two Mennonite churches in Philadelphia have joined a sanctuary movement aiming to support people fearing deportation from the United States. The congregations are members of New Sanctuary Movement of...

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Indentured servants embraced Mennonite faith

Oct 10, 2014 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — If not for great-great-grandparents who became indentured servants of Amish Mennonites in the early 19th century, Stan Bohn would probably not be a Mennonite today. Bohn, a retired...

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Anabaptists consider role in post-Christian culture

Oct 6, 2014 by and

CARLISLE, Pa. — A few hundred Anabaptists were told to raise their hands as they sang from Psalms, “lift up your hands and praise the Lord.” Most did not. To one of the worshipers, the disconnect between...

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Gulf States Conference to vote on withdrawal

Oct 6, 2014 by and

Gulf States Mennonite Conference delegates are expected to vote at their annual assembly Nov. 1 on whether to sever ties with Mennonite Church USA. The voting options, to stay or to withdraw, are being...

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Mennonite Church USA to explore new structure

Sep 30, 2014 by and

Seeking to hold the denomination together amid controversies over homosexuality, Mennonite Church USA will explore possibilities for a new structure. At its Sept. 26-27 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., the MC USA...

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