Mennonite identity amid the Fresno fiasco

Sep 12, 2018 by

A lot of talk has been happening in the Mennonite Twitter world (which is a pretty weird overlap of two very different realms) in the past few days about changes in a master’s program at Fresno Pacific...

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Fresno Pacific’s theological cocktail

Sep 10, 2018 by

Last week, Mennonite World Review reported that Fresno Pacific University in California had removed the president of its seminary, Terry Brensinger, and announced that pastors Greg Boyd, Brian Zahnd and Bruxy...

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MB seminary demotes president, ousts 3 lecturers

Sep 3, 2018 by and

In response to concerns from Mennonite Brethren constituents, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University has removed its seminary’s president and severed ties with three high-profile pastors. FPU announced Aug. 15...

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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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Our hymns shape our church

Aug 27, 2018 by

“Out of the fullness of the heart, the language of each mortal springs. If you would truly know a man, just listen to the songs he sings.” — Amish hymn writer John Paul Raber, Songs from Within...

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Non-dualistic thinking and apocalyptic theology

Aug 14, 2018 by

Many progressive Christians talk a lot about a spirituality that prizes non-dualistic thinking. This emphasis on non-dualistic thinking comes from contemplative Christian traditions that have been in...

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Opinion: What I learned from a founder of black theology

May 21, 2018 by

When James H. Cone, a leading founder of the black theology movement, died last month, I felt the loss personally. Cone’s book God of the Oppressed changed my theological career. Early on, I knew Mennonites...

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Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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Twisting the cross: white supremacy’s deadly theology

Sep 8, 2017 by and

I’m in Tennessee on a little mountain getaway, trying to write a book. As soon as I got down here and settled in, I heard about a white supremacist rally planned for this past weekend, at one of the...

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Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

Mar 21, 2017 by

AUGSBURG, Germany — A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights. Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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Jesus was born to die, but there’s more to the story

Dec 27, 2016 by

While some lament that Christmas has become increasingly secularized and materialistic, others have posted blogs and Facebook statuses reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas. Recently, Benjamin L....

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Who’s winning at church?

Dec 12, 2016 by

Over the past few weeks, a number of people have inquired about my thoughts on a recent study conducted by Canadian scholar David Haskell which draws a strong connection between theological conservatism and...

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The covenant of disagreement

Nov 3, 2016 by

In the past, the Church could hardly imagine placing ‘covenant’ and ‘disagreement’ into a shared concept. Disagreement represented the opposite of covenant. Covenant necessitated...

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What you might not know about Menno Simons

Oct 19, 2016 by

I recently finished reading The Complete Writings of Menno Simons and thought it might be interesting to list some of the ways Menno Simons might raise some eyebrows… If you can think of any I missed, I...

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Longhurst: What’s ‘povology’?

Oct 10, 2016 by

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. Psychology is the study of behavior and the mind. Theology is the study of the nature of God. Povology is — well, just what...

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God changes his mind, because love is adapting

Sep 7, 2016 by

For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability — God is the same yesterday as...

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Theology is great, but what I really need is Jesus

Aug 30, 2016 by

When I was in seminary at Earlham School of Religion, I was able to spend all my time studying and pondering the nature of God, Jesus and the community gathered around him. I considered deep questions of...

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Why women should ‘do’ theology

May 18, 2016 by

To be completely honest, this question has been puzzling me for a long time. As you know, I studied theology for seven years, and even though I have completed my degrees, I still consider myself a theologian...

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I joined a Bible study that worries me

Mar 17, 2016 by

Recently, I sent a truly terrifying text: “I THINK I WANT TO JOIN YOUR BIBLE STUDY.” This text has been locked and loaded in my mind for months. I’ve wanted to join this group of women for their weekly...

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Lord I want to be in that number

Jul 23, 2015 by

Doubtless you have heard the song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” We did a rousing version of it today at Mennonite World Conference assembly, instruments wailing and over 7,000 voices singing...

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Women’s conference asks ‘Is love enough?’

Mar 3, 2014 by and

LEESBURG, Va. — As an Indigenous woman who claims Anabaptist theology as her own, Sarah Augustine often questions how much “Mennonite” is really part of her identity. After an Anabaptist women’s...

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Allow space for women

Mar 3, 2014 by

Every moment of the Anabaptist women’s conference Feb. 20-22 was filled with opportunities to share insight, theology, stories and friendship. It was exciting and energizing; it was exhausting...

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Learning to see

Feb 9, 2014 by

Greetings from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. It’s c-c-c-cold with lots of snow on the ground, but a surprising number of people have shown up for this year’s...

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