The tax reform we need

Jan 15, 2018 by

The pliable instructions Jesus gives for paying taxes leave plenty of room for interpretation: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt....

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Miller: Enough to give more

Jan 15, 2018 by

Every December, my partner, John, and I review our charitable giving and develop a budget for the year ahead. We’ve found developing a budget requires us think about what organizations, including our local...

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Longhurst: Who fears death?

Jan 15, 2018 by

“Why are evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics overrepresented among those who experience higher levels of guilt, regret and uncertainty in the face of impending death?” That’s a question a...

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Pushing nuclear buttons

Jan 15, 2018 by

On New Year’s Day, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed “a nuclear button is always on the desk in my office.” In this respect he is no different from any other commander of a nuclear power —...

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Account of an Anabaptist immigrant

Jan 10, 2018 by

My name is Henry Clemmer. I was Henrich (or Heinrich) until I immigrated to an English-speaking colony in Pennsylvania. My last name also has many variations in Switzerland from where my family originates:...

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A call to nonresistance

Jan 9, 2018 by

He leaned in close, looked me in the eyes and whispered, “When we’re out of here, out on the streets, I’ll get you.” I hardly knew how things had escalated so quickly. Bobby had been outside the...

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Revitalized college signals new vision in Tanzania

Jan 8, 2018 by and

NYABANGE, Tanzania — Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa has experienced a dramatic turnaround, going from a dying school of just three students to a thriving college in one year. On Dec. 2, 90...

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Podcasters fill a ‘void’ on conservative Anabaptism

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Reagan Schrock couldn’t find a podcast from a conservative Anabaptist perspective, so he decided to produce his own. Already the owner of a media company, he and fellow church member Jaran Miller founded the...

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Nonprofits weigh impact of tax law

Jan 8, 2018 by and

Some nonprofit organizations worry the tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 21 will result in fewer donations. Charitable giving remains tax deductible, but a doubling of the standard deduction...

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Can Mennonite Voluntary Service be saved?

Jan 8, 2018 by

In 2009 when I graduated from college, I chose to go into Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS). I made the choice independently, only to discover that many of my friends were also choosing a year of service in...

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Ending the Forever War

Jan 5, 2018 by

We are now facing what some people are beginning to call the “Forever War.” Whatever or whoever or however it is we are fighting, the war just keeps going on and on and on. Afghanistan has now...

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A spiritual audit for the new year

Jan 3, 2018 by

Happy new year and welcome to a year filled with incredible potential. We have enjoyed the excitement of fireworks and New Year parties. All of us have hopes and expectations for the months that lie ahead. It...

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Smoking, driving and deep theology

Jan 2, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Suppose your job is to answer impossibly complex questions, sometimes dealing with theology and even eternal destiny. How do you respond? This was the volunteer task of Erwin and Angela...

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On war, are we following Jesus or Muhammad?

Jan 2, 2018 by

I recently read through the Quran to understand my Muslim friends a bit better and, perhaps, to find a few interesting historical notes about Islam. Instead, an unwelcome realization about fellow Christians...

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Watson: A director, not a pastor

Jan 1, 2018 by

When a congregation goes through a pastoral transition, it has a lot of conversations. What do we want in a pastor? A good preacher? An activist? Someone who is good at visitation? Someone skilled in conflict...

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Selling the soul

Jan 1, 2018 by

Is evangelical Christianity selling its soul for a mess of pottage? Both President Trump and former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama have shown themselves to be sexual predators. They climbed the...

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Book review: ‘(Re)union’

Jan 1, 2018 by

Bruxy Cavey’s (Re)union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints and Sinners gave me a glimpse into mega­church theology attempting to work itself out within Anabaptism. Cavey is the teaching pastor for...

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Bible: From fire to favor

Jan 1, 2018 by

Dan. 1:8-21 centers on dietary practices as markers of identity. The opening chapter of the book introduces Daniel and his companions in exile and sets up the challenges they will face, trying to live...

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True evangelical faith

Jan 1, 2018 by

The most important religion story of 2017, according to the Religion News Association, was “Trumpvangelicals.” Until a couple of years ago, no one could have imagined such a discordant blend. Yet now the...

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Washington Witness: Don’t Native Americans count?

Jan 1, 2018 by

In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million...

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