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Lima Bean Eulogy: A poem for MJ

3.29. 2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

We planted lima beans the morning after villagers found MJ’s body. The rotund little green dumplings nestling to the damp earth He nestled in a shallow grave with Zaida and Betu along the road from from Bukonde to Tshimbulu in Kasai. In a few weeks those dumplings will bust up, burst out and wind their […]

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Remembering MJ

3.28. 2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman

I was a student at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, during the era when Texas Hold’em Poker became an obsession. It seemed like everywhere you looked people were not just playing the game, but watching it on ESPN, playing online, enjoying movies about card-counting casino heists, reading about it in magazine or writing books on […]

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Friday Roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.24. 2017 Posted By: Gordon Houser

Gordon Houser is editor of The Mennonite. 1. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel by George Saunders, the best-selling short story writer. (Last summer, I wrote about Tenth of December, his outstanding collection.) The novel is set in February 1862, following the death of President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie. The grief-stricken president visits […]

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When Good News becomes fake news

3.18. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

We are living in an era of fake news. No, I’m not referring to the outrageous claims of President Donald Trump about CNN and the New York Times. I’m talking about the Good News of the gospel being hijacked by fear and despair as we proclaim the end of decency in the United States and around […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.17. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

David and Leann Augsburger are two semi-retired people who co-lead a home base church (Peace Mennonite Church, Claremont, California) and volunteer to welcome, care, and connect people in the San Gabriel valley.  1. Why I Stayed, Why I left; Conversations on Christianity between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son, by Tony Compolo and Bart Compolo, 2017: […]

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March 15 prayer vigil for violence in the DRC, 6 kidnapped individuals

3.14. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

This call to prayer was compiled by Annie Lengacher Browning and other members of Mountain States Mennonite Conference. They invite others to gather in prayer tomorrow, March 15 from 10-10:30 p.m. Eastern/7-7:30 p.m. Pacific.  The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the midst of a decades-long conflict that has taken the lives of millions […]

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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

3.3. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how we pass on our faith to future generations. No matter what our age, there are those who are younger (children, grandchildren, younger church friends, coworkers, etc.) in our lives who we can mentor in faith.  Today’s five things all help us pass on faith in one way […]

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