What Amish have to teach us

Oct 31, 2018 by

I live in Lancaster County, Pa., home to one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the world. My work brings me into regular contact with the Amish. I have come to believe that one of today’s notable...

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To beat addiction, path to freedom is spiritual

Jul 16, 2018 by and

For Paul Fehr, addiction to drugs began with rejection, but an encounter with Christ helped him overcome that bondage. Now he’s the executive director of Operation 6:12, a Christian residential program in...

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Understanding ‘seekers’

Jun 18, 2018 by

An interesting group of people who can be found at conservative Anabaptist events are those who have no Mennonite (or Brethren or Hutterite or Amish) background but want to join a plain church group. They’re...

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Seek ye first the kingdom of God, not the Amish romance

May 22, 2018 by

About every two to three months, I get messages from a young woman or two wanting to become Mennonite or Amish. They’ve done no research and are looking for dress patterns or, as they call it, “Kapp”...

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Kingdom movement balances obedience, freedom

Apr 23, 2018 by and

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a small third-floor room on the campus of Harvard University, about 20 people pack the space — some sitting on tables or windowsills — just before lunchtime on a Saturday to learn...

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Ancient obedience

Apr 23, 2018 by

In The Great Emergence, Phyllis Tickle writes that about every 500 years the church undergoes a massive transformation. It “cleans out its attic and has a giant rummage sale.” If that’s true, it could...

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Plain Anabaptist conference seeks common ground

Mar 26, 2018 by and

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — A sobering commitment to nonresistance in wartime was the theme given the most attention at the 13th Anabaptist Identity Conference. Hours of lectures on the experiences of nonresistant...

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For Old Colonists, education without assimilation?

Feb 12, 2018 by and

Wendy Crocker calls herself an “edgewalker” on the border between two cultures. As a principal in two Ontario elementary schools, she developed a passion for understanding the children from Old Colony...

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The ‘Anabaptist Option’?

Jan 29, 2018 by

A recent must-read book for Christians concerned about the decline of traditional values is The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. Author Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The...

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Miller: Good to be different

Jan 29, 2018 by

There are blonde jokes, lawyer jokes and Polish jokes. And then there are Mennonite jokes. As a Mennonite, and a plain Mennonite at that, I like the Mennonite jokes best. It is the perverse nature of humanity...

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Winds of change

Dec 26, 2017 by

It seems like everyone is writing about church these days. Asher Witmer wrote a series examining his history and experience with the Mennonite church, and what he is seeking and hoping for. Harvey Yoder...

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Book review: ‘Plain Meetinghouses’

Dec 4, 2017 by

With all the attention given to the way plain Anabaptists live their daily lives, it’s easy to forget that they are, at a fundamental level, a worshiping people. Beth Oberholtzer and John Herr have created...

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Book review: ‘Anything But Simple’

Sep 25, 2017 by

On one Christian publisher’s site, Amish romance books are characterized as stories about Christian people following the “simple life.” Other books, offered by other publishers, announce right in the...

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Glad to be plain

Aug 28, 2017 by

It was refreshing to read “New Home with Old Brethren” (Blog, July 17) by Nicci Price. The idea of plainness being appreciated and found biblical is something we don’t find in this paper very often....

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Following Jesus with a new fellowship

Jul 10, 2017 by

Today after I got dressed and I looked in the mirror, I just “felt” German Baptist. I don’t expect anyone to understand that feeling, and maybe I’m putting far too much into what fellowship I’m...

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Plain groups: work-family bond resists worldly ways

Mar 27, 2017 by and

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Today’s North American economy presents daunting challenges for building the ideal faith community, according to David Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo. “Why does there seem to be among...

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New magazine promotes conservative Anabaptism

Oct 10, 2016 by and

As printed publications struggle to remain viable in the digital age, a new conservative Anabaptist magazine hopes to buck the trend by bucking subscriptions. Anabaptist Voice’s first quarterly issue was...

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Sexual abuse among plain groups’ concerns

Mar 28, 2016 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — If plain communities don’t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost. That was Chester Weaver’s sober message...

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