This “Opinions” section of our website provides a forum for the voices within Mennonite Church USA and related Anabaptist-Mennonite voices. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the official positions of The Mennonite, the board for The Mennonite, Inc., or Mennonite Church USA.

Opinions posts

Essay #4: Schools as laboratories of the church

4.8. 2019 Written By: Joseph A. Manickam 407 Times read

Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a seven-part series by the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges and seminaries. From March to June an article by each president will be posted every two weeks. The entire series is available at themennonite.org/mhea. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive […]

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Essay #3, Rebecca Stoltzfus: Transformed by the experience of Christ

3.25. 2019 Written By: Rebecca Stoltzfus 584 Times read

Photo: Rebecca Stoltzfus speaks to the Goshen College community June 14, 2017, as she is introduced as the presidential candidate of choice. Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College Communications and Marketing Office. Editor’s note: This is the third article in a seven-part series by the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges and seminaries. From March […]

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The gospel of Jesus and Paul

3.18. 2019 Written By: Darrin W. Snyder Belousek 1,199 read

Don Blosser asks, “If we let Jesus speak for himself, what would he say?” Blosser goes on to argue that Christians have listened less to Jesus and more to Paul, who preached a gospel at odds with the gospel of Jesus. The church has thus missed much of Jesus’ message. Jesus understood his messianic mission […]

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Essay #2, Sara Wenger Shenk: A living faith

3.11. 2019 Written By: Sara Wenger Shenk 806 Times read

Photo: Sara Wenger Shenk speaks at her inauguration as AMBS president in October 2010 at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana. Photo by J. Tyler Klassen. Editor’s note: This is the second article in a seven-part series by the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges and seminaries. From March to June an article by each […]

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Presidents of MC USA colleges and seminaries speak to vision of education

2.25. 2019 Written By: Jonathan Gering, Susan Schultz Huxman, Joseph A. Manickam, Sara Wenger Shenk, Rebecca Stoltzfus and Jane Wood 1,334 read

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series by the presidents of Mennonite Church USA colleges and seminaries. The next six articles, one by each president, will be posted every two weeks. The entire series will be available at themennonite.org/mhea. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the articles. […]

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Let’s let Jesus speak for himself

2.18. 2019 Written By: Don Blosser 3,841 Times read

Speaking at a meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, Rabbi Marc Ellis identified himself as a follower of Torah. Christians, he said, are followers of Jesus, who was also a rabbi and a teacher of Torah. Surely the followers of Torah and the followers of Jesus have a lot in common. If we let Jesus speak for […]

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Mennonite witness amid suffering and hope in Ukraine

1.7. 2019 Written By: J. Nelson Kraybill, Mennonite World Conference 617 Times read

Photo: This former Mennonite school served 130 hearing- and speech-impaired children at Tiege in the Molotschna region. When the German army swept through Ukraine, soldiers took the students out to a field and shot them. Photo by J. Nelson Kraybill. In a region of Ukraine that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of […]

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