Resurrection lite or resurrection light?

Mar 31, 2016 by

Today I am reminded of what Michelle Webster-Hein once wrote: This morning at church I plunked out the four parts of an old hymn while above my chords the congregation’s voices took flight. And I thought of...

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Happy are those who do not sit in the seat of scoffers

Mar 30, 2016 by

Truth be told, I assiduously avoid watching or listening to the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. When family members turned on the TV to watch the first Republican debate six...

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Hesston shooting victim recovering

Mar 29, 2016 by and

Adam Miller was back at work March 10 at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan. It was the first day the lawnmower plant was operating after four people died and more than a dozen were injured in a Feb. 25...

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Solicitation charge dismissed against former EMU VP

Mar 29, 2016 by and

A judge dismissed a charge of solicitation of prostitution against former Eastern Mennonite University vice president of enrollment Luke A. Hartman on March 29, roughly a week after a Harrisonburg, Va.,...

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5 reasons we unquestioningly support Israel

Mar 29, 2016 by

Over the course of time I’ve noticed a troubling trend: it’s *almost* impossible to have a reasonable discussion with fellow Christians who believe we are called to give unwavering support to the modern...

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A prayer for my generation

Mar 28, 2016 by

My generation of Anabaptists isn’t just throwing things out. At least I don’t think we are. Every generation has to find their place in life and the grand mosaic of history. The times are different for...

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Just-war thinking

Mar 28, 2016 by

Regarding “Whom to Thank for Hope?” (Feb. 29): Earnest just-war thinkers would agree with Levi Miller’s assertion that “not all conflict and violence can be solved by nonviolence and negotiation,...

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Opinion: Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict

Mar 28, 2016 by

I share the longing of many others in the Mennonite church for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and I grieve the suffering of Palestinian people. But I have reservations about the...

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Death and memory

Mar 28, 2016 by

“More Than a Memory” (Editorial, March 14) reflects deep thoughts about life and death and the implications of the memory of your father [former MWR editor Robert M. Schrag, who died Jan. 26]. When my...

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Christ at the Checkpoint Conference emphasizes peace

Mar 28, 2016 by and

Bethlehem, West Bank — More than 30 Mennonites and Brethren in Christ from North America encountered kindred spirits March 7-10 at the fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, hosted by Bethlehem...

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All are in God’s circle

Mar 28, 2016 by

Recently a teacher was explaining how even preschool kids know who is in and who is out. They know who they want in their block-building circle and who they don’t. Ideas of inclusion and exclusion form...

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$2 million lawsuit filed in Manitoba sex-abuse case

Mar 28, 2016 by

A Winnipeg, Man., woman who was sexually assaulted by a Mennonite Brethren youth pastor in 1996 has filed a $2 million lawsuit alleging his church fostered a climate that aided in the abuse of children. The...

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Frightening, dispiriting

Mar 28, 2016 by

Last September, we contrasted Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter and asserted that Trump would never be president. We stand by that forecast, though Trump has defied the predictions of all who dismissed his...

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Middle East first fruits

Mar 28, 2016 by

A man I’ll call Hikmet died of cancer last week, a loss grieved by fellow believers in Jesus across his nation. He was one of the first four people who were baptized in a little-publicized Mennonite mission...

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Prejudice finds a haven

Mar 28, 2016 by

I recently returned home from Florida by way of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio on Interstate 75. As I traveled, I noticed several large Confederate flags along the way, including in Ohio. A large...

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Bible: What you really believe, you will do

Mar 28, 2016 by

Faith is the main point of both of the stories: the healing of the Roman centurion’s slave and the forgiving of the woman who anoints Jesus’ feet. In both stories, faith is demonstrated by an unlikely...

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Sexual abuse among plain groups’ concerns

Mar 28, 2016 by and

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — If plain communities don’t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost. That was Chester Weaver’s sober message...

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Book review: ‘Overplayed’

Mar 28, 2016 by

When my 13-year-old son announced last spring that he wanted to play baseball again, I cringed. I had hoped the days of watching tedious games in freezing Oregon springtime were far behind us, our son having...

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Even Jesus wanted some emotional freedom

Mar 28, 2016 by

My life, so common it disappears. And sometimes, even music cannot substitute for tears. — Paul Simon, “Cool Cool River” Becoming a parent meant sacrificing my time, energy and general well-being for...

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Fixing what the U.S. broke in Vietnam

Mar 28, 2016 by and

While volunteering in Vietnam in the late 1960s as a conscientious objector to the war the U.S. was waging there, Doug Hos­tet­ter saw firsthand the effect of Agent Orange, a dioxin-contaminated herbicide...

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