Reflection for All Saints Day

Oct 30, 2015 by

The Lectionary readings for All Saints Day and All Souls day include lovely words and images of God’s care for us and the divine promise of eternal life: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not...

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Sociopaths, Samaritans and all the rest of us

Oct 29, 2015 by

I’ve never been especially fond of the Parable of the Good Samaritan — or, as I like to think of it, “the Parable of Common Human Decency.” I mean, I know all the stuff preachers always point out about...

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You can’t kill Hitler

Oct 28, 2015 by

Last week, while wandering through Exodus 15 debating whether or not the death of Pharaoh’s soldiers was justified, the teenagers (I would call them “my teenagers,” but they are uncomfortable with...

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An apathetic generation?

Oct 27, 2015 by

For the past several years, the current generation of 20-30 years old has often been labeled as lazy, self-centered and disinterested in local and global affairs. Ranging from simply not caring enough to...

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Bethel College community mourns student’s death

Oct 26, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Qadrey Tolliver, 18, a first-year Bethel College student from Kempner, Texas, died in an automobile accident Oct. 20 in Texas. Tolliver was a member of the women’s basketball team....

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Lancaster Conference bishops recommend withdrawal from MC USA

Oct 26, 2015 by and

The Lancaster Mennonite Conference Board of Bishops has affirmed a resolution recommending the conference withdraw from Mennonite Church USA. The proposal now goes to credentialed leaders for a vote. In an...

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Comparing ourselves to whom?

Oct 26, 2015 by

A funny thing happened when I moved to D.C. six years ago. I went from being surrounded by a laid-back crew of seminarians, pastors, poets and radicals to living in one of the most powerful, motivated and...

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Bluffton education conference looks to past, future

Oct 26, 2015 by and

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Representatives from across the spectrum of Mennonite education gathered at Bluffton University Oct. 16-18 for a conference on the network’s past, present and future. The event attracted...

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Paying for atrocities

Oct 26, 2015 by

If you are angry about U.S. and NATO aircraft bombing and destroying a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and if you think President Obama is guilty of war crimes, then include in that...

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Opinion: Resolution on Israel-Palestine harms peace efforts for all faiths

Oct 26, 2015 by , and

We live in an age in which millions of people are exposed daily to some variant of the argument that the challenges of the world they live in are best explained in terms of “Israel.” — David Nirenberg,...

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Lax and lukewarm

Oct 26, 2015 by

How is it that Mennonite Church USA has become lax in its stand against homosexual activity? When Pink Menno activists showed up at the Phoenix convention in 2013, we considered them left-wing radicals....

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Budget for the future

Oct 26, 2015 by

Much of the media has grown hushed about the chance for yet another U.S. federal government shutdown if a budget can’t be solidified by Dec. 11. That silence offers a chance to speak up for finally trimming...

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Indiana Latinos, police pray together

Oct 26, 2015 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Gilberto Pérez Jr. didn’t like seeing a routine litany of run-ins between law enforcement officers and his Latino community in northern Indiana, so he did something about it. Speaking at a...

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Identifying apostasy

Oct 26, 2015 by

I am somewhat offended that Steve Hoeppner uses the Book of Jude to talk about apostasy in the Mennonite church (“Jude’s Warnings Come True,” Sept. 28). My offense mostly comes from his opinion that he...

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The way of all war

Oct 26, 2015 by

Doctors Without Borders wants answers about an Oct. 3 U.S. airstrike that killed 22 people at its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. They’ve demanded a war-crimes investigation. Was the bombing due to...

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Book review: ‘Between 2 Gods’

Oct 26, 2015 by

Trudy Harder Metzger is an author, speaker, trauma coach and survivor of long-standing patterns of abuse and incest — patterns inherent in some Old Colony Mennonite families in Mexico and then perpetuated...

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Less strict, still vigilant

Oct 26, 2015 by

Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan’s classic 17th-century spiritual autobiography, describes the Christian life as a tale of a solitary individual on a long and difficult journey. Members of Pilgrim Mennonite...

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Divine instinct to help

Oct 26, 2015 by

Last spring, I read Andy Weir’s sci-fi novel, The Martian, in less than 24 hours. It doesn’t disappoint, and neither does the recent film adaption. The tale centers on the crew of the Hermes during a...

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Peace churches prepare for war

Oct 26, 2015 by

Few in the mid-1930s could have imagined another global conflict as horrendous as World War I, with its 20 million casualties. Even fewer would have believed that another global conflagration would triple that...

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Scripture versus experience

Oct 26, 2015 by

Our next three lessons cover large developments in the Jerusalem church and beyond. In Acts 12 we find Peter in prison guarded by four squads of soldiers. King Herod Agrippa, after beheading the apostle James,...

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