Article 3: Creation and humanity

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Back in the late 1970s when I was barely a teen, I tagged along with my parents as they attended a Sunday school convention in Detroit, Mich. There,…

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No one dies alone

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Everyone dies alone. Maybe you’ve heard it from the misanthropic Dr. House on the Fox TV show, or maybe you trace it back to French philosopher Blaise Pascal’s…

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Troubling times

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Biblical guidance for how to disagree on fractious issues “What’s happening in our denomination?” Sometimes I’m asked this question at the archives where I work as church historian….

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Letters July/August 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

History that inspires I take great interest in reading the obituaries in the section Finish Lines. I never fail to be inspired by the real lives of real…

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Being a witness to those who are dying

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How do you describe yourself to others? “To really understand me, you need to know that I am ______”. How do you fill in the blank?  With your…

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Redeeming refugee stories

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Johann Matthies, MB Mission Europa director, told his story at the ICOMB consultation in Thailand, Mar. 7–11, 2017. I was born in the Soviet Union in an area…

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Can beauty grow out of ashes?

Friday, June 30, 2017

A journalist, who was exploring this concept, called to ask me, “Can you thank God for the good things that have come out of the murder of your…

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Article 2: Revelation of God

Monday, May 1, 2017

What does Mennonite Brethren theology have in common with that of other Christian denominations? And what are the distinctive emphases of Mennonite Brethren theology? Our Confession of Faith…

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Mission is our prayer

Monday, May 1, 2017

As I looked upon the 230 people from at least 35 countries (and more cultures) who attended the ICOMB consultation on mission and prayer, I was excited and hopeful about what God wanted to say to us. But I also had a burden about a few things. Both elements were active in my presentation.

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What’s your protestimony?

Monday, May 1, 2017

I learned a new word recently: protestimony – a made-up coinage that tickles my fancy. It combines protest and testimony: the act of giving witness to our faith…

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The inescapable call of global mission

Monday, May 1, 2017

The inescapable call of global mission Have you ever felt that you were a part of something big? Maybe you were part of a national political movement. Maybe…

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A culture of mutual trust and respect

Monday, May 1, 2017

“Say what you want people to hear out front. People will remember that.” I learned this basic principle of good communication many years ago. And, ironically, this column…

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Letters – May/June 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

From the mother of a transgender child  I grew up in the MB church and remain an active member of a local MB congregation. And I am privileged…

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The parable of the ostrich

Monday, April 24, 2017

Have you ever seen an ostrich? Though awkward and gangly, these birds have a unique way of operating under attack. When threatened, the ostrich attempts to hide itself by lying flat on the ground and sticking its head into the sand. If this technique doesn’t work, it tries to run away. If cornered, the ostrich goes on the offensive with a kick of its powerful legs.

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Learning to bear witness

Friday, April 21, 2017

What all comes to mind when you hear the phrase “being a witness”? Does it necessitate speaking or being active? Can one bear witness simply by listening? I…

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