Healing is God’s final word

Sep 15, 2014 by

We continue with Jeremiah’s “little book of consolation” (chapters 30-33). Coming in the midst of great trauma and grief, these chapters are meant to sustain hope and life amid the ruins of Judah’s...

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Relief and relationship

Sep 15, 2014 by and

About 70,000 of the more than 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced since December sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Awerial County, South Sudan. There they could find others who spoke...

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Take a break to pray

Sep 15, 2014 by

What if God’s people took a sabbatical from the issues that divide us? What if we took a break for a year and focused our energy on God’s power to change us and the world? What if during that year we...

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Light in Albania

Sep 15, 2014 by

Kelementina Shahini admits she didn’t know what she was getting into when she raised her hand at an evangelistic meeting. “My husband raised his,” she said, “and like a good Muslim wife I did the...

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Translation challenge

Sep 15, 2014 by

Steven Johns (Letters & Comments, Aug. 18) puts forward a Greek word for “servant,” pais, which does not match that found in Strong’s Greek-English lexicon as the Greek word translated as...

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Way of forgiveness

Sep 15, 2014 by

Are we forgetting the Jesus way, so at odds with the Old Testament spirit of vindictive justice? Jesus proclaimed repentance and forgiveness. He literally commanded that, in order for me to be forgiven my...

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Choosing smartly

Sep 15, 2014 by

I was a late adopter to having a cellphone. Even my grandfather owned one before I did. It was my last year of college when I figured out that a cellphone plan would be cheaper than calling cards to reach my...

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A matter of clicks

Sep 15, 2014 by

While it is old news that the Internet has changed the culture of journalism, that understanding has been mostly anecdotal. Academic research on the matter is a toddler compared to the 20-something millennial...

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Interchurch confessing

Sep 15, 2014 by

What do Mennonites say when Lutherans ask whether we see them as fully part of the body of Christ? The question was posed during informal conversations at the edge of meetings in recent years. The Mennonite...

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The other radical fringe

Sep 15, 2014 by

Those who spread terror in the name of religion are known as extremists, but the term is far too mild. To proudly commit brutal murders on video, as the terrorist group Islamic State has done, is not taking...

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Reconciliation the Asian way

Sep 15, 2014 by , and

The ReconciliAsian peace center brings peace and reconciliation training to the Korean-American community in Los Angeles. Co-directors Hyun Hur and Sue Park-Hur, who launched the center in January 2013,...

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Pa. church moves into former Polish Catholic building

Sep 15, 2014 by and

A Pennsylvania church plant’s journey to a permanent home passed through multiple habitats before arriving this year in a former Catholic church. Shenandoah (Pa.) Mennonite Church began when Pastor Dale...

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Bible, soccer at Congo camp

Sep 15, 2014 by , and

Nearly 150 Congolese youth traveled from nine provinces to attend the first Bible camp sponsored by the Mennonite Church of Congo July 14-20. For some, it was a journey of several days by boat, transport...

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The news is biased

Sep 15, 2014 by

I’ll start with a confession: There is no such thing as objective reporting. I know this after working around journalism for 20 years. If you and I were to see the same thing occur, we would likely see it...

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Palestine peace seeker shares goal

Sep 15, 2014 by

LOMBARD, Ill. — A Bethlehem peacemaker recently challenged Lombard Mennonite Church and guests to pursue people-to-people strategies for building peace. Zoughbi Zoughbi, director of Wi’am Palestinian...

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Islamist terrorism horrifies Muslims

Sep 15, 2014 by

With all the terrible actions of Islamist extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, there’s a lot of concern and worry about Islam-inspired terrorism today — in the Muslim world. Surprised? It turns out...

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Convictions of Amish beard cutters overturned on appeal

Sep 15, 2014 by

An appeals court in Ohio has overturned the convictions of 16 Amish people who were found guilty of hate crimes related to hair-cutting attacks in 2011. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati...

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Cracking ‘stained-glass ceiling,’ women reach prominent pulpits

Sep 15, 2014 by and

Chicago. New York. Washington. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in these cities. In May, Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo...

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Can we share global vitality?

Sep 8, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — As U.S. Anabaptists prepare to host the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Pennsylvania next July, a new survey sheds light on the strengths and challenges of Mennonite Church USA’s...

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EMM team offers Christ-centered response to terrorism

Sep 8, 2014 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — “Are Muslims trying to take over America?” “Who are the true Muslims, the peaceful ones or the violent ones?” “How should Christians respond to jihadi Muslims?” “Isn’t force...

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Philadelphia Mennonite High School joins The City School

Sep 8, 2014 by

Philadelphia Mennonite High School has merged with another Christian school in the city, retaining the smaller school’s Mennonite affiliation and the larger school’s name. The City School opened its...

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