Ross Thomas Bender

1929-2011


Mennonite Machiavelli?


Ross T. Bender was many things in his life -- teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, pastor, principal of a Mennonite high school, professor, scholar, marriage-counselor, dean of the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, moderator of the Mennonite church, president of Mennonite World Conference, husband and father. I used to joke with him that he was sort of the Mennonite Machiavelli of his generation, since he understood how things worked -- all the ins and outs of Mennonite institutions, power structures, and how to manipulate them -- for good ends, of course. He also knew where all the bodies were buried. Dad had an excellent sense of humor, right up to the end. He thought about my suggestion, then decided that rather than the "Mennonite Machiavelli" he would rather be known as "a humble Mennonite churchman."


Mennonite Machiavelli?







AMBS in the Sixties

AMBS Chapel Service, 50th Anniversary, Apr. 25 2008

"Er is zu faul zu schaffa" -- Growing up in Cassel

May, 2005

Leadership Changes In The (Amish) Mennonite Community in Ontario from the Mid to the End of the Twentieth Century -- The East Zorra Experience

Lorraine Roth

Waterloo, Ontario, 2001

Reflection on Bethlehem 83 and George Brunk II

Ross T. Bender

RTB Online Seminar, 2004

Reflection on Bethlehem 83 and George Brunk II

Willard Swartley

RTB Online Seminar, 2004

The Dean's Seminar: Some Reflections by Ross T Bender

Goshen, IN, January 27, 2005

Ross Bender, a Partner on the Way

Bill Klassen

August 21, 2004

Unless I See ... I Will Not Believe

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Apr. 29, 1984

We Had Hoped That He Was the One

Ruth Steinmann Bender

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, May 6, 1984

Philip, The First Foreign Missionary

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jun. 3, 1984

A Covenant Congregation: God's Peoplemaking Place

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 6, 1985

Some Hard Sayings of Jesus

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Mar. 3, 1985

The King is Dead! Long Live the King! Part I

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jun. 2, 1985

The King is Dead! Long Live the King! Part II

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jun. 30, 1985

The Covenant of our Life Together

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 12, 1986

MWC Delegation to Attend Geneva Anniversary

Mennonite World Conference News Release, May 6, 1986

The God of the Covenant: The Bedrock of Calvin's Theology

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jun. 1, 1986

Ask, Seek, Knock

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Oct. 19, 1986

This is My Beloved Son

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 11, 1987

Who is Jesus Christ?

Fernheim Colony, Filadelfia, Paraguay, Jul. 14, 1987

Report from Mennonite World Conference General Council Meeting, Paraguay 1987

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Aug. 2, 1987

New Beginnings

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 1, 1989

Some Reflections on the Millennium of Christianity in the Soviet Union

AMBS Chapel Service, Jan. 13, 1989

Jesus of Nazareth

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 29, 1989

Reflections on Emigration

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 1989

My Hopes for the Mennonite Family

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 1989

My Hopes for the Mennonite World Family

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Jan. 1989

The Call to Discipleship

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Feb. 5, 1989

The Sermon on the Plain

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Feb. 12, 1989

Are You He Who is to Come?

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Feb. 26, 1989

The Parable of the Soils

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Mar. 5, 1989

Who is This Man?

Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Mar. 12, 1989

Piaget Goes to Sunday School: The Relevance of Some Aspects of Piaget's Theory for the Teaching Ministry of the Church