Sherah Leigh-Gerber: Ohio Context and Concerns

Sherah-Leigh Gerber This post reflects my personal wrestling with these issues and does not reflect any “official” stance or statement of Ohio Conference of MC USA.  Four years ago, when we shared with people that we had decided to move to Kidron, Ohio (back to my husband’s home community), we received quite a mixed response—and […]

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Remember the Short-Term Mission debates of the early 2000s? Me Neither

The 2010 United States census clearly pointed to a demographic shift in this country. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that Latinos are at the forefront of this explosive growth in the United States. Between 2000-2010, the Latino population grew by 43 percent and now accounts for 16 percent of the total […]

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Leo Hartshorn: The Church of Pentecost

I drew this ink rendering of the church at Pentecost to push at the edges of our visualizations of a global, universal church, since most artistic renditions of the church and of Pentecost are very homogeneous.  Pentecost in Acts 2 stretches the boundaries of what it means to be a multicultural, multilinguistic, multinational church. This […]

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Hugo Saucedo: Legacies and Citizenship

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in […]

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Hannah Heinzekehr: The God of this City

You’re the God of this City You’re the King of these people You’re the Lord of this nation You are. There is no one like our God There is no one like our God For greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this City Greater thing have […]

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Berry Friesen: Citizens of Heaven

The theme of the Phoenix Convention, “Citizens of God’s Kingdom: Healed in Hope,” stirs up a jumble of thoughts and feelings, especially that word “citizens.” Best I can tell, it is rooted in Philippians 3:20, where the Apostle Paul says that “we are citizens of heaven, and from heaven we expect our deliverer to come, […]

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Danielle Thieszen

My first convention was Atlanta ’03 and I was nervous and excited as to what to expect; and coming from a small town to big city.  That year we had a small group of 5 girls and our youth pastor.  I knew after the opening service-with speaker Jimmy Carter, amazing music, and energy-it was going […]

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Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: The Coming Kingdom

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. TNIV During convention we will have an opportunity to grasp a new vision of the depth and breadth of God’s Kingdom, God’s preferred future for the whole created order. We will come to comprehend the profound […]

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Bryce Miller: Oh, You’re from Arizona…

I always get a kick out of people figuring out where I live.  The responses are varied and widely scattered, but there is always a response.  Often it’s the weather: jealousy half the year, stunned disbelief the other half (So, hot enough for you?). Other times, it’s the perplexed look on the face of the […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: Why I Love Convention

There was a time in my life where I identified planning Convention as my “dream job.” There’s just something about the national gatherings that I find so appealing. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to catch up with friends and family members scattered across the country who are using their gifts in a variety of ministry settings. […]

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Saulo Padilla: Don’t show your papers, show your citizenship!

I remember the first time I was introduced to Dirk Willems: the Anabaptist who escaped and then turned back to rescue his persecutor who was drowning, got caught again, and later was burned to death. When John Driver, one of my history professors at Goshen College told me the story for the first time I […]

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