Book review: Fire by Night

May 13, 2019 by

When I started reading Fire by Night, I expected the usual Old Testament topics: gore, war and law, with the author’s new insights. Or, might it be a book-by-book review from an Anabaptist perspective....

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What child is this?

Dec 21, 2018 by and

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? — Hymnal: A Worship Book, No. 215; text by William C. Dix,...

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Book review: The Book of books isn’t boring

Oct 8, 2018 by

I have a nasty suspicion that a comprehensive review of the Bible will either be: a) too long, complicated and detailed; or b) too general to be helpful. Was I ever wrong about Meghan Larissa Good’s book!...

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Opinion: I almost got shot

Mar 12, 2018 by

He pointed his right hand with a pistol at me as I rounded the hallway corner into the den. Shocked, I stopped and stood frozen. His newspaper fell off his lap, and he sat upright. “You scared me half to...

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10 reasons attending Western District Conference mattered to me

Aug 11, 2017 by

1. I was impressed with the pastors of Western District Conference. Some are new to me — but they are talented, gifted and delightful! I laughed with them; I struggled when some spoke of despair and loss of...

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Book review: ‘Wholly, Holey, Holy’

Mar 27, 2017 by

In his self-published memoir, Melvin D. Schmidt reflects on his life and nearly 50 years as a Mennonite pastor. It is a page-turner, wonderfully written with hundreds of anecdotes, picturesque language (beware...

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A pastor’s life, by one who loves it

Oct 12, 2015 by

Aw, shucks. Larry beat me to it. I’ve been dreaming of writing a memoir of pastoral life describing critical moments of formation and practice. But Hauder, a Mennonite Church USA pastor and retired area...

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The Bible is not a book

Mar 19, 2015 by

So often we hear, “The Bible says . . .” What exactly does that mean? Especially when topics are controversial, the conversation stopper is often something like, “The Bible is clear about that.” But...

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