Transformed by the Word

Mar 23, 2017 by

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events launched by Mennonite World Conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in...

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Remembering a faith journey of 500 years

Feb 20, 2017 by and

AUGSBURG, Germany — A Mennonite World Conference event looking forward to the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism looked back on the movement’s foundation in the primacy of Scripture. Regional Anabaptists and...

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Holy Scripture in four-part harmony

Feb 10, 2017 by

The lectionary texts for Jan. 29 again reminded me of the amazing diversity we find in the authoritative writings that make up the Bible. The Psalm 15 lesson, for a start, shows us that we earn God’s...

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On submitting to rulers

Feb 8, 2017 by

During our current transition of political power I have heard a refrain that has been repeated during previous transitions of power: “Even if we don’t like who is president, we need to respect the office...

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Reclaiming Scripture

Nov 7, 2016 by

We Anabaptists often say “Jesus is the center of our faith” when describing our distinctive beliefs. In addition to explaining how Jesus is our example for daily living, we use this statement to describe...

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Not merely physical

Sep 26, 2016 by

Would redirecting energy away from conflict, as the Sept. 12 editorial suggests, be helped by refocusing our minds from thinking about sexuality with a human point of view to the record of Scripture? Then we...

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5 common errors when Christians disagree

Sep 19, 2016 by

Note: This is a full-out, “chip-on-my-shoulder” rant. I tried to soften the blog post by using personal pronouns and not giving specific controversial examples, but I can’t deny that I’m annoyed and...

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Beauty in borderlands: My family and Malcolm Gladwell

Aug 12, 2016 by

When I called my parents on their 72nd wedding anniversary in early July, mother told me dad had brought her a bouquet from his garden. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” she said, quoting John Keats....

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Spirit and Scripture

Apr 25, 2016 by

More than halfway through the Easter season, we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, observed May 15 this year. Seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance is a theme repeated often during...

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Letter to my Mennonite church

Apr 4, 2016 by

I love my Mennonite church. I love to see the old and the young worshiping together. I love the diversity and the heart of our Mennonite people to break down walls and love each other with the holy love of...

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Opinion: Scripture, not compromise

May 25, 2015 by

In the debate within Mennonite Church USA over homosexual practice, church leaders and others tell us that staying together will require a lot of accommodation and compromise. However, it seems that the only...

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Issue-based discussions must start with Scripture

Feb 16, 2015 by

We are a people who believe that the Bible is the revealed Word of God. We suffer those who disagree with that premise to participate in, and in some cases lead discussion on how this portion of God’s church...

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10 racial reconciliation conversation deflections

Jun 19, 2014 by

My friend Grace Sandra wrote an article for Christianity Today on the vulnerabilities faced by black women where she discusses the links between her personal experiences, current events and statistics....

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Scripture wasn’t written for men alone

May 27, 2014 by

After seeing the film, The Stoning of Soraya M., it is clear that it is far too easy for Christians and Jews to rush to judgments of Islam. The film raises questions not only about the few evil practitioners...

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Restore Bible’s life

Mar 20, 2014 by

By Dan Longenecker Lititz, Pa. Have you noticed how often we “go to sleep” when Scripture is read to us in worship? In our world of television and computers, our minds depend more on our right brain and...

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