Assumptions and book titles

Sep 29, 2016 by

“It is nice to find someone who agrees with me.” This was the second comment my seat-mate made within a minute of sitting next to me on the plane. Her first comment was a question, “What are you...

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Telling the truth in a world of lies

Sep 28, 2016 by

There was a headline yesterday, the day after the big U.S. presidential debate, that made me despair of being a human being in the 21st century. I guess to be precise, it was a tagline underneath a headline,...

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Shame isn’t always a bad thing

Sep 27, 2016 by

My parents were pretty effective in correcting their nine children by using frequent verbal reprimands, even the occasional “Shem dich!” (Pennsylvania German equivalent of “Shame on you”). They mostly...

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Martens, Mennonite Brethren scholar who served the church, dies at 86

Sep 26, 2016 by and

FRESNO, Calif. — Elmer Mar­tens, a Mennonite Breth­ren biblical scholar and seminary president whose life was a testament to faith, knowledge and service to the church, died Sept. 21 of a heart attack. He...

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Muslim convention welcomes Christian dialogue

Sep 26, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — At the largest annual gathering of Muslims in North America, thousands browsed a bustling bazaar showcasing products, businesses and opportunities by and for Muslims. Of more than 500 booths, only...

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No ‘naked Anabaptists’

Sep 26, 2016 by

I appreciate Joe Miller’s effort in cross-cultural learning (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12). I think he is a bit naive to believe he discovered in England a “naked Anabaptism.”...

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History: No fires, no foes in Münster

Sep 26, 2016 by

It’s 300 steps from the street up the ancient spiral stone stairway to the tower keeper’s room of St. Lambert’s Church in Münster, Germany. The stone steps are worn from centuries-long use by the tower...

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What this generation of Anabaptists really needs

Sep 26, 2016 by

Christianity is messy. At least in America. We have far too many factions and variations of church — pick which one you like best, and when the going gets rough, pick again. This generation doesn’t need...

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King: A girl and her giraffe

Sep 26, 2016 by

Not to take sides but to reflect the conversation, a nation argues over whether to name its presidential candidates crooks, fascists, or worse. At lunch with a denomination’s representatives, talk turns to...

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Opinion: Stronger accountability makes the church safer

Sep 26, 2016 by

A Mennonite conference took action this summer to make the church a safer space by enhancing the accountability of its credentialed leaders. Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, which includes 33...

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Why not ‘liberal’?

Sep 26, 2016 by

You seem to have dropped “liberal” from your vocabulary, favoring “progressive” instead. That is a mistake if you want to broaden your audience among the array of Mennonite groups. “Progress”...

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Washington Witness: An end to private prisons?

Sep 26, 2016 by

On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in...

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Not endless after all

Sep 26, 2016 by

“War-torn” preceded “Colombia” in media reports for so long it seemed the three words would always cling together. For more than 50 years Colombia endured the longest war in the Americas. Fighting...

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Watson: Suburbs, city of God?

Sep 26, 2016 by

In most circles, theological ones included, the suburbs are spoken of as the illegitimate child of urban and rural life — and with good reason. The suburban ideal emerged in the 1950s and 1960s under the...

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Activist and Jubilee group announce partnership at EMU

Sep 26, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Christian activist Shane Claiborne announced a partnership with the nonprofit financial reform organization Jubilee USA Network Sept. 14 at Eastern Mennonite University. He joined with...

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Book review: ‘The Gospel Next Door’

Sep 26, 2016 by

Seeking the peace of the city in Houston, Texas, is no small task for a minister with a heart big enough to reach out to everyone in his urban community. But Pastor Marty Troyer of Houston Mennonite Church, in...

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Not merely physical

Sep 26, 2016 by

Would redirecting energy away from conflict, as the Sept. 12 editorial suggests, be helped by refocusing our minds from thinking about sexuality with a human point of view to the record of Scripture? Then we...

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Bible: The high priest and the foundation

Sep 26, 2016 by

Heb. 1:1-9 sets the tone for the entire letter to the Hebrews with its focus on Christ, the great high priest. God “has spoken to us by a Son,” the text says, “whom [God] appointed heir of all things,...

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Taking a stand by sitting

Sep 26, 2016 by

Certain stripes of patriots recoiled in horror on Aug. 26 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem to protest oppression of people of color. The controversial action...

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A simple way to world peace? Recognize America as ‘beast’

Sep 22, 2016 by

I offer what follows as a thought experiment, an attempt to flesh out a recent late night rumination. I finished reading a fine book by Douglas Fry, Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace. Fry, who is an...

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