Things borrowed — a donkey, a room, a tomb

Apr 7, 2017 by

What do these “things borrowed” have in common? This year during Lent, while rereading the accounts of Jesus’ last days before his crucifixion, several things jumped off the pages of the gospels to me....

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Home is belonging, not owning

Apr 25, 2016 by

Ninety-nine Homes has a rare mix in a film: It’s suspenseful, yet deals with complex ethical issues. The drama centers on the lives of people in central Florida a few years after the 2008-09 financial...

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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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Table talk

Mar 14, 2016 by

When I was growing up, our family dinner table was a favorite gathering place. We often had guests, and conversations were lively. Occasionally disagreements would arise, but my parents modeled hospitality...

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A middle ground to being a Christian on Black Friday

Nov 25, 2015 by

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism and, by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have,...

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America is grieving the heart of God

Jul 13, 2015 by

The tendency of wealth to entrap people in greed has been confirmed in numerous studies. Research has consistently shown that, generally speaking, the more people have, the less percentage of their income they...

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Foundation’s record year benefits MB church

Feb 2, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — MB Foundation earnings set records in 2014, so the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ financial agency is sharing an unprecedented amount with the denomination. “We want...

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Can we ever truly give?

Jan 8, 2015 by

Stop at any major intersection in Austin, Texas, and you will see someone with a sign asking for money, food or a job. It is a given in this city. Some of the people standing there have chosen that as their...

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Goshen gives thanks for nearly $2 million gift

Dec 8, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Milo Albrecht, 93, only attended Goshen College for three semesters, but his nearly $2 million gift will give many students the opportunity to stay longer. A regular donor to Goshen College,...

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Giving that changes me

Dec 8, 2014 by

The powerful words of Advent readings from Isaiah tend to get lost in this feel-good season of tinsel and twinkling lights. Familiar music, family gatherings and special worship times mark the holiday with a...

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Who we call matters

Jun 23, 2014 by

I’ve stepped into a new area of responsibility in my role working alongside pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. This role change, which began in November, has to do with...

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The earth is the Lord’s

Jun 11, 2014 by

It is said that giving is the spiritual thermometer of the church. A healthy congregation will experience healthy giving because it is tied directly to our understanding of God and our relationship to him. And...

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Asking for money

Mar 31, 2014 by

In September a number of Mennonite Church Canada staff climbed onto bicycles and became part of the Ride for Refugee movement. It was a cold September morning, chilling our fingers and giving us plenty of...

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‘Extreme giving’ normal for Michigan church

Mar 3, 2014 by and

Despite local economic hardship, Pigeon River Mennonite Church has cultivated a culture of “extreme giving” — a tradition that is in at least its fourth generation. The 200 members of Pigeon River...

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