Movie review: The Railway Man

May 30, 2014 by

As I become more and more convinced that a film’s moral compass should be a primary criterion for film criticism, many film critics seem to be moving in the opposite direction. Belle is a case in point....

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Religion and politics

May 29, 2014 by

“Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:15-22). I had written about the parable of the Good Shepherd, and focusing on final...

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‘Never Pray Again’

May 28, 2014 by

This post is part of a blog tour for the book Never Pray Again by Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson. Clawson received a copy of the book as a participant in this blog tour. Prayer can hurt. All too...

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Scripture wasn’t written for men alone

May 27, 2014 by

After seeing the film, The Stoning of Soraya M., it is clear that it is far too easy for Christians and Jews to rush to judgments of Islam. The film raises questions not only about the few evil practitioners...

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Greek Catholics restore Ukraine church building

May 26, 2014 by and

A former Mennonite church building in Ukraine is being restored and transformed, with the help of Canadian Mennonites, into a Greek Catholic church. Observers call the project an example of Mennonite-Catholic...

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Ancestral land

May 26, 2014 by

The Russian empire stood on the brink of decline and fall when a group of students from Tabor and Bethel colleges in Kansas visited a Mennonite church in a far corner of the Soviet Union on Jan. 12,...

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MB youth service project links nine congregations

May 26, 2014 by and

More than 100 youth and sponsors from nine Mennonite Brethren congregations teamed up April 13-16 for “Together Spring Break Mission,” a service project that targeted three communities in California’s...

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From fear to joy

May 26, 2014 by

In reading the letters from Mennonites about same-sex sexuality and gender identity, I feel called to respond to the fear and anxiety I read in their words. I want to tell them about my joy. When I came out as...

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Welcome and affirm

May 26, 2014 by

Like Harold Jantz (“Welcoming, Not Affirming,”), I have wrestled personally and as a psychotherapist with homosexual men regarding their orientation, their rejection by the church and their families and...

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Writing a better script

May 26, 2014 by

Becoming a racially inclusive community in Anabaptist structures is difficult. Advocates of undoing racism face challenges that seem overwhelming. White allies want to deal justly with people of...

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Seeing our own stupidity first

May 26, 2014 by

Lately I’ve caught myself ranting about stupidity. Or perhaps some would say I’m being judgmental. I thought: How could Sarah Palin be so stupid? What was she thinking when she said, “If I were in...

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A spirit next to you

May 26, 2014 by

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. — Christina Rossetti One of the gifts of spiritually mentoring children is the opportunity to...

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Known by our love?

May 26, 2014 by

Here are 10 points to consider as Mennonite Church USA and other Mennonite institutions discuss inclusivity: 1. Hate and homophobia are pervasive in American culture. School kids call each other “fags” and...

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Goshen restructures, cuts staff

May 26, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College is reducing staff as part of a restructuring process that seeks to reduce costs, advance the college’s vision and enhance services for students. During an academic...

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Blown away?

May 26, 2014 by

Tim Schultz says, “If everyone who violated an article of the Confession of Faith was banned, there would probably just be a small quilting group left.” I am not in favor of “banning,” but his letter...

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Follow the leader?

May 26, 2014 by

With our communal theology, North American Anabaptists have had a pretty strong preference to treat each other as equals. Yet we expected leaders to set direction. Certainly that was true until about 1960....

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Burkina Faso churches grow with many Easter baptisms

May 26, 2014 by , and

Baptisms have swelled the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso by more than 12 percent. Siaka Traoré, president of the Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, was surprised and pleased by the large number...

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Prophet says: Get to work!

May 26, 2014 by

To readers of this column: time for a short quiz. 1: Who’s Haggai? If in the distant past you memorized the books of the Bible, you might vaguely remember he was an Old Testament prophet. 2: Have you read...

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In the streets of my city

May 26, 2014 by

An elderly woman sleeps nearby the Dunkin’ Donuts where I stop each morning to get a cup of coffee. A sunburned old man with a scraggly grey beard and tattered clothing greets me at the door of...

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All-consuming attitudes

May 26, 2014 by

North Americans have cultivated an attitude of disregard for our own habitat. We drive the most. We live in the biggest houses. We create the most waste. People who go against the norms stand out as odd at...

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