Powell: Where’s the joy in tense times?

Dec 9, 2019 by

An acquaintance said to me, “Another year is almost over. Christmas will soon be here. I can’t get into the spirit with all the divisiveness around me. When will it stop?” She was expressing what many...

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Silent on abortion

Dec 9, 2019 by

Thank you, Eldon Claassen, for your Nov. 11 letter condemning the murder of the unborn child. Followers of Jesus Christ must speak out in behalf of those who do not have a voice. The Mennonite church has been...

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Advent: from ranting to singing

Dec 4, 2019 by

Advent is a season of patience and reflection, even confession and tears. It is a time of observing, watching, staying awake. The Isaiah texts that mark this year’s Advent scriptures are anything but quiet....

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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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MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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Room in the middle

Nov 11, 2019 by

The candidate’s photo seemed irrefutable evidence. A neatly trimmed, white beard hugged the jawline, never close to the upper or lower lip. He had to be Mennonite. After running for Congress last year in the...

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Why do most Christians reject pacifism?

Oct 30, 2019 by

There are at least two major sets of reasons why most Christians reject pacifism: biblical arguments and general objections. And there are answers to all of them. Biblical arguments Jesus said, “I did not...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Create peace

Oct 22, 2019 by

In Matthew’s story of Jesus’ arrest, the most relevant part for “creating peace” is obviously when one of the disciples pulls out his sword and starts swinging. Then Jesus says: “Put your sword back...

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The lion, the lamb, and the candidate

Oct 17, 2019 by

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro visited Edith Espinal at our church Tuesday morning. He met with her privately for about 20 minutes, listening to her story, followed by a press conference at...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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King: Day of endless kindness

Sep 30, 2019 by

Amid the tsunamis of cruelty drowning the planet, the day of endless kindness began as Joan and I watched Maine waves roll in for the last time. We unwrapped the breakfast sandwiches we had bought at the...

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Powell: The battle is not won

Sep 16, 2019 by

The white-supremacy attacks in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, have communities on edge. We wonder where the next attacks will happen. Is our community next? These mass murders, incited by the national...

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Hong Kong Mennonites seek the peace of the city

Sep 9, 2019 by and

As protests bring millions of citizens into Hong Kong’s streets, the city’s tiny Mennonite population is praying peaceful tactics will prevail. Demonstrations began in early June, when a bill was...

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Peace gathering builds partnerships

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the...

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Young Anabaptists go ‘on the road’

Jul 15, 2019 by

SCHOORL, The Netherlands — Young Anabaptists from Portugal, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine and the Netherlands went “on the road” at the first edition of Menno’s Global Youth...

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MC USA encouraged to invite others ‘as they are’

Jul 8, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was time for the sermon when the lights dimmed at the closing worship service July 6 at the Mennonite Church USA convention. The opening guitar notes to Nirvana’s “Come As You...

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Delegates study ‘unity of the Spirit,’ offer ideas for peacemaking

Jul 4, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 4 studied the biblical vision for “unity of the Spirit,” heard the announcement of a mission leader’s retirement and offered ideas for the...

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Growing up Brethren in Christ

Jun 3, 2019 by

I was born into a Brethren in Christ family in India. I knew about the Brethren in Christ mostly because of the people and events that happened from time to time. People would visit the work my parents, Bill...

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Today’s peace churches

May 27, 2019 by

Historic Peace Churches are an exclusive club. Beginning with a 1935 conference bringing together Mennonite, Quaker and Church of the Brethren representatives, the “big three” have never added a...

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Canadian author looks back on controversy, faith

Apr 29, 2019 by and

Fifty-seven years ago, a young Mennonite author published a book that turned the Canadian Mennonite world upside down. That author was Rudy Wiebe, and the book was Peace Shall Destroy Many — the first novel...

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Who are we?

Apr 29, 2019 by

I was intrigued by Charlie Kraybill’s response to Ryan Ahl­grim (Letters & Comments, April 15 print edition). I don’t hear much these days about promoting peace across the church in general. But...

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‘Mennonite’ isn’t the problem

Apr 26, 2019 by

I could not disagree more strongly with Ryan Ahl­grim’s suggestion that the name “Mennonite” be thrown on the trash heap of history (Blog, “It’s time to change the Mennonite name”). I believe the...

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