The Sunday when worship went virtual

Mar 23, 2020 by and

The pews were empty. But the Word was preached, hymns sung, prayers said. In a scene that played out around kitchen tables and in living rooms across North America, Mennonites didn’t let the coronavirus stop...

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MWC visitors hear a call for prayer in Burkina Faso

Mar 23, 2020 by and

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso — Terrorist attacks have displaced 700,000 people in this West African nation. Many say what they most need is prayer. “Only God can help us find a solution. It will not come...

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Quiet the soul

Mar 9, 2020 by

On the surface, it seems ironic to suggest to “the quiet in the land” that there is room for improvement in quieting the soul. But Lent is the perfect opportunity to get more intentional about slowing down...

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Church groups respond to virus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 by and

Mennonite Church Canada reports that 10 North American English teachers serving with Mennonite Partners in China have not been able to return to their placements in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, as...

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Bible: Forgive us our debts

Feb 10, 2020 by

In the Gospel of Matthew, the account of Jesus’ teaching on prayer is found right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. One way to understand the sermon is to see it as a description of the character of...

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A call to prayer

Feb 10, 2020 by

In a time when many of us find ourselves off center in terms of national and international events and in terms of our relationships with our sisters and brothers, I am reminded of the late Walter Wink writing...

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MWC delegation supports churches in Hong Kong

Jan 27, 2020 by , , and

Mennonite World Conference sent a delegation in December to Hong Kong to hear church members’ concerns and show solidarity amid political unrest and social shifts that can lead to differences of opinion...

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Lack of truth defines moral darkness of Trumpism

Oct 14, 2019 by

Donald Trump did not invent Trumpism. He merely exploited it. One hallmark of Trumpism is a lack of truthfulness. Presidents have lied before. My memory only goes back to Frank­lin Roosevelt, who assured the...

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Seeking inner peace

Sep 30, 2019 by

Anxiety must have troubled the writer of Psalm 139, who prayed, “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” These words of David speak to all of us. Everyone worries. To be...

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Miller: Legacies are more than money

Sep 2, 2019 by

Not long ago I received a brochure from a charitable organization. On the front was the headline, “Leave a Legacy.” I soon discovered “Leave a Legacy” meant “write a big check.” If the check was...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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I feel guilty about my free time

Jul 17, 2019 by

When I was bemoaning my singleness once, a wise person told me, “You made your choices.” At first, I wanted to complain, “But I didn’t know the consequences of those choices! I didn’t know that...

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A resignation’s core values

Jul 3, 2019 by and

In Jane Philpott’s letter of resignation from Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in March, she stated it grieved her to leave her post as President of the Treasury Board. But, she went on to...

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Book review: Flee, Be Silent, Pray

Jun 24, 2019 by

Twenty years ago, Ed Cyzewski left his Roman Catholic faith to become an evangelical. This led him to a hard-driving way of faith that required doing good things for God but left him stressed and anxious. Then...

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Zwieback and leprosy

Apr 18, 2019 by

The beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. A half dozen men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air,...

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Give thanks for peace

Jan 21, 2019 by

I am so thankful for the Jan. 7 column by Richard Showalter  (“Ethiopia’s Astounding Lead­er”) describing the peaceful path practiced by the newly elected “Jesus-centered” prime minister of...

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Book review: ‘The Four Gifts’

Jan 7, 2019 by

The Four Gifts by April Yamasaki evokes for me Jesus’ search for solitude after his work of healing among the crowds. It seems that some of the most oft-told stories of Jesus are of his crossing the sea to...

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What I learned about prayer this year

Jan 7, 2019 by

Prayer has been an increasingly greater focus in my life the past two years and has been linked to my New Year’s resolutions (Well, actually the word I choose each year. Yes, I joined the one-word...

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Divine revelation

Dec 17, 2018 by

People say I am an old man — and, in fact, I am 92. One evening in 2016, the year my wife, Martha, died, I was sitting in the living room and prayed to God: It is lonesome down here. Are you really...

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A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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Miller: You have faith enough to pray

Aug 27, 2018 by

A book called Prayer, by Ole Hallesby — a Norwegian Christian who wrote in the early 1900s — changed my understanding of that basic-to-our-humanity, up-reaching thing we call prayer. I will share in my own...

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Powell: Fighting the ‘bear’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hardly anyone could have imagined the dramatic shift in relationships that has happened in the past year in the United States. Our communities have become edgy, waiting for the next tragedy to happen. The...

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How to pray for the people you love

Aug 7, 2018 by

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that’s what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years...

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Nonresistance isn’t silent

Jul 16, 2018 by

How much should nonresistant Christians talk publicly about the political concerns of their earthly societies? Many Anabaptists recognize nonresistance as encompassing more than refusing to use lethal force...

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‘Father’ is holy

Jul 2, 2018 by

Tim Bentch is right on (“Yes, God Is Our Father,” Blog, June 4). Names in the Bible for God and people have special meaning. Jesus said when you pray, say, “Our Father, who art in heaven, holy is your...

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