Franconia Conference might stretch coast to coast

Sep 11, 2017 by and

Franconia Mennonite Conference may receive three Indonesian congregations from the other side of the country at its assembly this November. It would be a coast-to-coast relationship. The Indonesian...

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Kraybill: Confronting a narcissistic ruler

Sep 11, 2017 by

The moral character of a ruler can reach such low ebb that prophets arise to name and condemn the scoundrel’s behavior, even if the ruler strikes back. In totalitarian states, immoral rulers imprison or...

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Book review: ‘The Radical Muslim and Mennonite’

Sep 11, 2017 by

During a Muslim-Christian peacemaking meeting in Indonesia in 2003, Mesach Krisetya, president of Mennonite World Conference, made a speech. Seeking to dismantle negative stereotypes of Christians —...

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Bible: High-stakes Sabbath

Sep 11, 2017 by

At my ordination interview, I didn’t give the best answer when the committee asked me about my practices of self-care. “One day each week I take a sabbath rest,” I said brightly. And then for good...

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Does God intervene?

Sep 11, 2017 by

If B. Harry Dyck (“Opting to Be Humanist,” Letters & Comments, Aug. 14) would read Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan he might understand that a just God must impose discipline. This just God...

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Truth with a capital T

Sep 11, 2017 by

Loren Yoder’s letter, “Too Much Justified Sin” (Aug. 14), was significant to contemporary believers and Truth. I predict a majority of the liberal-progressive Mennonites of today would see very little...

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No asterisks for us

Sep 11, 2017 by

At the Mennonite Church USA convention, attendees were asked by a worship leader to move from a diseased and disordered love — the church’s long history of putting an asterisk by its love — to a...

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Kriss: Our sighs and our work are our prayers

Sep 11, 2017 by

Houston Mennonite Church Pastor Marty Troyer told me on Aug. 31, “I’ve sighed a lot in these past few days,” referring to the Spirit’s pleading on our behalf through sighs and groans as outlined in the...

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Kennel-Shank: Examine motivations

Sep 11, 2017 by

It all began with a squash plant, a Pennsylvania Dutch crookneck, to be exact. Like all winter squash, it needs room to grow and many weeks to mature. Too late, I realized I had only ever grown winter squash...

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Tearing down idols

Sep 11, 2017 by

On a 1986 trip to the Soviet Union, students from Tabor and Bethel colleges could count on seeing two things in every city: a monument to the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and a statue of Vladimir Lenin...

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Longhurst: Overdue dictionary

Sep 11, 2017 by

He was known as southern Africa’s Billy Graham. His name was Nicholas Bhengu, and he was an evangelist with the Assemblies of God in South Africa from the 1940s until his death in 1985. During his ministry,...

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Always reforming

Sep 11, 2017 by

The church is always reforming. Exhausting as it is, it’s a necessity. Just as our bodies continually fight death by renewing themselves every way they possibly can, healthy church bodies must do the...

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Mennonite Brethren draw churches seeking a new home

Sep 5, 2017 by and

North Central Mennonite Conference voted to dissolve at its annual assembly in Exeland, Wis., but that doesn’t necessarily mean its congregations are going their separate ways. Most of the former Mennonite...

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Hutterite elder sought progress, lamented division

Sep 5, 2017 by and

Jacob Kleinsasser, a Hutterite elder whose broad vision for the betterment of Hutterite society included embracing education as a positive force, died Aug. 8 at Crystal Spring Hutterite Community in Manitoba....

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MDS crews heading to Bloomington, Texas

Sep 1, 2017 by

BLOOMINGTON, Texas — A Mennonite Disaster Service assessment team moved deeper into the devastating footprint of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31 as they visited the town of Bloomington, southwest of Houston. The...

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After flood, a shower of love

Aug 28, 2017 by and

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Mennonites in southeast Texas are finding ways to help their neighbors and multiply an outpouring of support from across the country. Church building damage ranges from...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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Bethel College announces provisional candidate for president

Aug 24, 2017 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Bethel College on Aug. 24 announced Jonathan C. Gering, a 1994 Bethel alumnus and a professor and administrator at Truman State University, as the provisional candidate to be Bethel’s...

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