Calling God ‘Father’

Sep 30, 2019 by

God’s personal name, Father, is used less and less in our time. The Immigrant’s Creed (Editorial, Sept. 16) refers to “almighty God,” not “God, the Father almighty,” as in the Apostle’s Creed. In...

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A leader’s offenses

Sep 30, 2019 by

I wish to express my appreciation for J. Nelson Kraybill’s statement (“A political leader’s offenses”): “The silence of American religious leaders in the face of such degradation is doing lasting...

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Shooters’ ideologies

Sep 30, 2019 by

“The Battle Is Not Won” by John Powell (A Voice from the Center, Sept. 16) contained false statements saying that the Ohio and Texas shooters were white supremacists. In fact, the Ohio shooter on his own...

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Ways to stop mass shootings

Sep 16, 2019 by

Once again there are mass shootings. Once again, nothing will be done. People offer thoughts and prayers but have become numb to the violence. We’re looking at this all wrong. We should be focusing on three...

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Evolution utterly deficient in credible evidence

Sep 16, 2019 by

I view Zachary Headings’ search for the compatibility between science and the Bible (“Two-Texts Idea Resolves Science-Faith Quandary,” Sept. 2) as a commendable enterprise, but he seems unaware of the...

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Time is running out

Sep 16, 2019 by

I read MWR looking for stories on the environment, global warming, organic Mennonite farming, saving the planet. These are the spiritual issues I thirst for. Often I don’t find much. But in the Aug. 19...

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Model of preaching

Sep 2, 2019 by

A new pastime has come my way: listening via the internet to a dozen or more sermons a week, the majority from Mennonite Church USA venues. The best of these preachers discovered so far is retiring at the end...

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Model of tolerance

Sep 2, 2019 by

The Western District Conference annual assembly honored several women ordained to ministry some 40 years ago (Editorial, Aug. 19). This was a time when ordination of women was uncommon and controversial....

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Warning in Scripture

Aug 19, 2019 by

J. Nelson Kraybill’s account of visiting the replica of Noah’s ark in Williamstown, Ky., (“Ark Encounters Modern Science”) was both sobering and hilarious. Imagine “juvenile dino­saurs” on the...

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Unique spiritual life

Aug 19, 2019 by

On July 27, about 40 people gathered at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a memorial service for Alice Bauman. Alice had prepared the service, reflecting the spirit of poustinia, the practice of...

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Weighing inerrancy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Thank you for publishing Ted Grimsrud’s “How I Gained, and Lost, Inerrancy.” I appreciated his pointing out that human doctrines and traditions are often mistakenly promoted as biblical truths rather...

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Blessing the weapons

Aug 5, 2019 by

Thank you for the article about the Russian tradition of blessing their military and weapons (World & Faith, July 22). It reminded me that the Russian government is not as free of religion as I am...

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Of good report

Aug 5, 2019 by

This conservative Anabaptist can identify with some of Asher Witmer’s points in “I’m Frustrated with My Tradition.” But I also see the other side of the coin. All traditions have their points of...

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Telling the ‘king’ the truth

Aug 5, 2019 by

I have I felt at times that someone had to speak truth to “the king,” as the Old Testament prophets did. I saw the political and religious communities quietly accepting behaviors that violate the message...

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Shining the light

Jul 22, 2019 by

The June 24 issue had a number of positive stories that suggest there are churches that take Jesus’ commands seriously. To illustrate: a church offers a syringe exchange; a church wipes out millions of...

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Activist women

Jul 22, 2019 by

Our neighbor in Philadelphia grew up in Wolf Point, Mont. Over dinner in their home recently, he told us a story of how women from the Mennonite community organized themselves to put pressure on his town’s...

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A special-needs child

Jul 8, 2019 by

I have never met someone who is pro-abortion. I have known people who have struggled through the agony of whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. The main division between those who call themselves pro-life...

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Believing the lies

Jul 8, 2019 by

When the attempt to ban abortion is framed as an “unrealistic quest for total victory” (Editorial, June 10), it appears the considerations concerning abortion are political and cultural. As a Mennonite...

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Not thrilled

Jul 8, 2019 by

Why am I not thrilled about a Mennonite Heritage Week (“Heritage Week Causes Division in Canada”) to be celebrated every year in Canada (or anywhere)? Perhaps there are too many things about us that I...

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Absolute, not extreme

Jun 24, 2019 by

I appreciated the “Pro-life peacemakers” editorial. I am a retired 90-year-old physician who interned at Cook County Hospital in the early 1960s — before Roe v. Wade. Even though abortion was illegal,...

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