We are the ones

Jan 31, 2017 by

Micah chapter 6, verse 1: “Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” That’s how it feels — today, this month, this past weekend as the president told us his plan...

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History: The ‘Anabaptists’ who weren’t

Jan 30, 2017 by

Before the Radical Reformation and before the Protestant Reformation were the Waldensians. While Protestant Christianity celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2017 and Anabaptists prepare to do likewise in eight...

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Palestinian Mennonite seeks peace through respect

Jan 30, 2017 by and

Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian-American who attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa., spoke at a New York City synagogue on Nov. 29. He spoke in favor of Palestinian nationalism — a message he...

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Watson: In defense of football

Jan 30, 2017 by

For many of us, January’s cold snaps and post-holiday haze mark an important annual ritual: playoffs in the National Football League. It is an event that, when we stop to think, strikes a dissonant chord...

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Book review: ‘A Witness in Times of War and Peace’

Jan 30, 2017 by

The subtitle of this memoir, “The Story of Gerhard Hein, a Mennonite Pastor Who Served in the Wehrmacht During World War II,” suggests why it was published now in English 35 years after it was first...

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Won’t pay for war

Jan 30, 2017 by

Prophet Martin Luther King Jr. damned the Vietnam War with his most controversial speech on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated. King said, “The greatest purveyor of violence in the...

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‘Come as you are’ — and meaning it

Jan 30, 2017 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Raymond Gephart grew up in a family plagued by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. His two older sisters were put into foster care. Today, 58-year-old Gephart lives in Lancaster with his new...

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FPU selects president with international experience

Jan 30, 2017 by

FRESNO, Calif. — A candidate with administrative, fundraising and international experience has been chosen as the next President of Fresno Pacific University. Joseph Jones has served as chief administrative...

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Shocking ordination

Jan 30, 2017 by

I am shocked and profoundly disturbed by the ordination of lesbian Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver by Mountain States Mennonite Conference leaders (Jan. 2). This is a disgrace for the Mennonite...

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Bible: Problems birthing a new community

Jan 30, 2017 by

Our February lessons are a long way from delighting in God’s creation through the Psalms, as we did last month. Centuries have gone by, and instead of “fire, hail, snow and frost,” we now confront parts...

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Washington Witness: Israel’s status quo

Jan 30, 2017 by

After months of speculation about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, everyone assumed it was no longer in the works when the Security Council seemed to wrap up its work before...

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Choose love first

Jan 30, 2017 by

The difference between a death that comes at the end of a long and full life, and one that interrupts things too soon, is subjective. But you know it when you see it. Lately, there has been too much of the...

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Reformation at 500

Jan 30, 2017 by

Mennonites have claimed to be a “third-way” movement, neither Catholic nor Protestant. Yet we descend from the Protestant Reformation. Anabaptism emerged from the religious and political protest Martin...

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American civil religion on steroids

Jan 30, 2017 by

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal...

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Andres: Netflixing the story

Jan 30, 2017 by

Friends of mine who are software developers told me about online video provider Netflix’s data collection, which not only tracks everything its users watch but also every time they fast-forward, rewind,...

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Ohio pastor testified: ‘Don’t give up on prayer’

Jan 30, 2017 by and

In September, Naomi Engle was diagnosed with brain cancer after experiencing problems maintaining her balance. The co-pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1 at age 51. She was...

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Walk the second mile

Jan 30, 2017 by

The 2016 election results have renewed interest in laws to protect religious freedom. Among them are the First Amendment Defense Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Their ostensible purpose is to...

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MCC U.S. statement on immigrants and refugees

Jan 27, 2017 by and

Do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. (Zechariah 7:10) Mennonite Central Committee U.S. decries the executive actions on...

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Seeing the small things

Jan 26, 2017 by

We live in excitable and noisy times. Our heads are daily filled with big ideas, big objections, big reactions, big fears… I’ve been trying to pay attention to smaller things. I spent Inauguration Day...

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A glimpse of hope

Jan 23, 2017 by

The past week has been a very challenging week. The inauguration on Friday of a new president, followed by protest marches across the U.S. and around the world, have had many of us oscillating between despair...

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