Trusting the Bible with eyes wide open

May 23, 2016 by

I grew up with total trust in the Bible. I soaked up its stories as a boy. God was at work in the world, and the biblical heroes and heroines got to join in! And I heeded its teachings. My parents modeled...

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Opinion: Which of Jesus’ commands are we neglecting?

May 23, 2016 by

Suppose you were to ask a Mennonite, “What does Jesus command his followers to do?” Ironically, one common response would come from the Old Testament, or at least Jesus quoting the Old Testament: Love God...

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Not a war statistic

May 23, 2016 by

During the Korean War, the draft took many young men into new experiences. In Korea, 36,574 Americans died and 103,574 were wounded. Today the Veterans Administration hospitals are full, dealing with that...

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Choosing a third way

May 23, 2016 by

Regarding “ ‘Third Way’ Preserves Unity” (May 9) how refreshing to hear of Reba Place’s practice of a “third way” — love, caring, acceptance. Ethel Harder Reedley,...

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What does church mean to us?

May 19, 2016 by

I spent a good chunk of one recent morning in an online discussion about the future of Mennonite Church Canada with a handful of other young-ish pastors from across the nation. It was interesting to be...

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Why women should ‘do’ theology

May 18, 2016 by

To be completely honest, this question has been puzzling me for a long time. As you know, I studied theology for seven years, and even though I have completed my degrees, I still consider myself a theologian...

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Praying about mental illness when you can’t find the words

May 17, 2016 by

Last year I suggested that one way the church can stop hiding mental illness is by recognizing that the Bible includes stories of people with mental illness: like King Saul, King Nebuchadnezzar, the man living...

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Brethren in Christ propose changing MWC’s name

May 16, 2016 by and

Mennonite World Conference is considering a request to change its name to something more inclusive of its diverse members. César García, MWC general secretary, said leaders of the Brethren in Christ Church...

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By what moral authority?

May 16, 2016 by

Leading with moral authority takes uncommon courage in these fractious times. Who has the audacity to move out onto that vulnerable edge? Who has the integrity, love and theological grounding to do so in...

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Why is church so hard?

May 13, 2016 by

For the past couple of years, my blog’s tagline has been: “Religion is easy; discipleship is hard.” I’m starting to think that perhaps this slogan is only half right. Discipleship certainly is hard,...

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The Gospel in translation

May 12, 2016 by

People are drawn to the story of God’s mighty acts, the story of Jesus, not simply for the story itself, but because they hear that story in their own native languages. If the apostles had been speaking...

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What being Anabaptist is not

May 11, 2016 by

Over the years, since I personally rediscovered my Anabaptist roots and have spent time exploring and uncovering what it means to be an Anabaptist-minded Christian, I’ve had many conversations with folks...

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Are the humanities in crisis at Christian colleges?

May 10, 2016 by

Last week I was part of a discussion at Bethel University about what defines “the humanities.” I bit my tongue, but I was tempted to say, “A perpetual sense of crisis.” And perhaps “crisis of the...

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Book review: ‘Magpie’s Blanket’

May 9, 2016 by

The novel Magpie’s Blanket begins this way: “The sky swallowed the sun, wrapping the yellow orb’s brilliance in moody, slate-colored tones, pressing it down close to the earth and preventing it from...

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Bible: Salvation for a tax collector

May 9, 2016 by

Humility is a theme of all three of these stories in the Gospel of Luke. We might expect such a theme from the story of people bringing the little children to Jesus and Jesus’ saying, “Whoever does not...

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Slippery slopes don’t always go downhill

May 9, 2016 by

Never underestimate the power of an analogy. And never simply accept it. — James K. A. Smith I am not always the most rational of persons. I’m prone to exaggeration and catastrophizing, so it isn’t...

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Evangelicals for justice

May 9, 2016 by

We have heard a lot about evangelicals recently, particularly their engagement in political campaigns. Evangelical Christianity has been equated with Christian factions that support ultra-conservative...

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Unsettling stories

May 9, 2016 by

“The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” The Bible says some unsettling things. Multiple bloodbaths clear the way for The Chosen. Smashers of babies against rocks are called blessed. The list of...

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Always an outsider

May 9, 2016 by

What happens when a North American of a different subculture joins a “traditional Mennonite” congregation whose immigrant ancestors were already Anabaptist when they first arrived from Germany, Switzerland...

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Heritage, ethnicity are rural communities’ assets

May 9, 2016 by

I affirm Ben Goossen’s exploration of Mennonite complicity as agents of colonization (“Legacy of a Mennonite State,” April 11). I have long been mindful of my own ancestors’ roles as agents of...

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