Kraybill: Even Jesus protested

Jun 29, 2020 by

When leaders become unjust or blasphemous, people of conscience protest. Jesus once broke furniture at the temple when he saw merchants turning the place into a den of thieves. Whatever we make of that...

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Kraybill: Heaven’s silence awaits prayer

May 18, 2020 by

No, this is not the end of the world. But COVID-19 certainly is an apocalypse — an “unveiling” — as the word is understood in the Book of Revelation. The prophet John, quarantined on the island of...

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Kraybill: Hope amid pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 by

Fear gripped Alexandria, Egypt, in A.D. 260 as a pandemic pummeled the great city. Along with their neighbors, followers of Jesus endured a plague — perhaps smallpox, measles or Ebola — that some people...

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MWC visitors hear a call for prayer in Burkina Faso

Mar 23, 2020 by and

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso — Terrorist attacks have displaced 700,000 people in this West African nation. Many say what they most need is prayer. “Only God can help us find a solution. It will not come...

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Kraybill: Act before it is too late

Feb 24, 2020 by

The man sits as he died 2,000 years ago, in a position that looks like weeping. Surrounding him are amphorae jugs used to import wine, olive oil and fish sauce that fed the huge appetite of Rome at the center...

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Kraybill: Revolt’s unintended results

Jan 13, 2020 by

No, I didn’t slide open the tomb of an ancient revolutionary in Israel. But I did rest on the half-open lid of what might be his grave at the town of Modi’in and consider what it takes to provoke oppressed...

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Kraybill: Bold in face of terrible truth

Nov 25, 2019 by

Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem tells terrible truth about the complicity of many, including Christians, in Hitler’s campaign of hatred and genocide across Europe. I leave darkened halls of that...

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Kraybill: Human sacrifice, then and now

Oct 14, 2019 by

The Dome of the Rock in Old Jeru­salem enshrines faith stories, including the almost-sacrifice of Isaac. By Jewish and Muslim tradition, the bedrock protruding inside this seventh-century structure is the top...

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Kraybill: A political leader’s offenses

Sep 2, 2019 by

How much offensive conduct by a government official does it take until religious and political leaders protest or help turn the culprit out of office? The antiquities department at the Louvre museum in Paris...

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Kraybill: Ark encounters modern science

Jul 22, 2019 by

Noah’s ark now rests in Wil­liams­town, Ky. Or rather, a $100 million “Ark Encount­er” building shaped like the biblical boat has attracted millions since opening there in 2016. The 510-foot-long...

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‘500-year-old Bible study’ resumes

Jun 24, 2019 by and

ZURICH, Switzerland — Five centuries after Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli suggested Anabaptists be “cast to the ravens,” Anabaptists from Mennonite World Conference are joining spiritual descendants of...

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Kraybill: Did Jesus help build Sepphoris?

Jun 10, 2019 by

Just four miles from Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, I pause among ruins of a Muslim cemetery next to a hill where historians say Jesus may have found employment as a youth. On this hill stood the ancient city...

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Kraybill: Remember, I am with you

Apr 29, 2019 by

Two kilometers west of Capernaum, a stream of warm water swirls around my feet and spills into the Sea of Galilee. This is Tabgha (“Seven Springs”), where a lush oasis covers the shoreline. Warm water...

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Kraybill: Liars, brutes, lazy gluttons?

Mar 18, 2019 by

“Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons,” said the apostle Paul in his letter to Titus (1:12). My wife and I found no evidence of such dereliction when we traveled across Crete. We stopped...

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Kraybill: Upon this rock

Feb 4, 2019 by

“Look, what large stones and what large buildings!” cried a disciple of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem (Mark 13:1). King Herod and his dynasty had spent decades fabulously rebuilding Israel’s center of...

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Ukrainians witness amid suffering, hope

Jan 7, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — In a region that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of today’s Mennonite leaders from across Europe gathered for three days of fellowship in October. Hosted by...

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Kraybill: Let the Bridegroom come!

Dec 17, 2018 by

Palestinian weddings can last for a week, as family and friends revel through rounds of anticipatory parties. When it’s finally time for vows, men convene at the groom’s home for one last celebration...

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Kraybill: Respect for Jews, Palestinians

Sep 24, 2018 by

“At that time the Canaanites were in the land.” With that casual aside, the biblical account of Abraham and Sarah arriving in Canaan states that the territory already was populated. “To your offspring I...

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Kraybill: Let God do the sorting

Aug 13, 2018 by

From a boat on the Sea of Galilee, a fisherman demonstrates the ancient art of casting a circular net. Weights along the outer edge sink rapidly, pulling the web around any living thing below. Waters next to...

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Kraybill: Jesus calls women to the center

Jul 2, 2018 by

Nancy Kauffmann of Goshen, Ind., has long been a pioneer as a woman in congregational and denominational leadership. So it’s not surprising that a painting by Chilean artist Daniel Cariola in a chapel next...

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