Mennonite higher education keeps the faith

Nov 19, 2018 by

While I understand many of David Lapp Jost’s observations (“Colleges Not Christian Enough,” Letters & Comments, Nov. 5), I respectfully disagree with many of his conclusions. We in Mennonite higher...

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When will we listen?

Nov 5, 2018 by

I read with great pride (oops, maybe I am about to fall) your editorial, “No Fear of Feminism” (Oct. 8). I wonder how long it will take for Mennonites/Anabaptists of all stripes to understand the...

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A house in the city

Nov 5, 2018 by

I read with interest “Menno House Extends Peace Through Hospitality” (Oct. 8). I moved into what is now Menno House in 1975 after completing graduate studies at New York University. I was one of only a few...

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Colleges not Christian enough

Nov 5, 2018 by

At the time I graduated from Goshen College in 2011, I would have unequivocally urged support for Mennonite colleges, as MWR’s Oct. 22 editorial does. But no longer. We would do better refocusing resources...

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Rights before birth

Oct 22, 2018 by

In “Pro-Birth or Pro-Life?”, the definition of “pro-life” as given by the writer — that it “ap­plies to the rights and respect everyone should be entitled to after birth” — is false. A human...

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What men can do

Oct 22, 2018 by

Men care about the statistic that 1 in 6 women will experience sexual assault. Men know it may be their mothers, wives, daughters, sisters or nieces who have been or will be attacked. What are men to do? Keep...

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Hurtful discussion

Oct 22, 2018 by

It’s upsetting to read that in 2018 the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is still discussing whether women can serve as lead pastors (“MBs to Gather for Study on Women in Ministry,” Sept....

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God’s not the tempter

Oct 8, 2018 by

For years I wrestled with a confusing line in the Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation.” It finally dawned on me that the English wording did not square with the teaching of the Bible itself....

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Pro-birth or pro-life?

Oct 8, 2018 by

Recently I read a quote by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List: “President Trump is the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.” I want to define more clearly the...

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Clear your schedules

Sep 24, 2018 by

I can’t agree with Hillary Watson, who says it’s OK Sunday school is dying (Gathering the Stones, Sept. 10). We have a responsibility to clear our schedules of all that doesn’t contribute to growing...

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Importance of hymns

Sep 24, 2018 by

Thank you for “Our Hymns Shape Our Faith” (Blog, Sept. 10), which asks us to choose hymns wisely because they shape our faith more than sermons do. How do we choose our hymns? By the tune? The text? The...

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Amish not ignorant

Sep 24, 2018 by

According to the Amish Heritage Foundation, the 1972 Supreme Court decision Wisconsin v. Yoder, which allowed the Amish to end schooling after eighth grade, brought enforced ignorance and a feeling of...

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Evangelical values?

Sep 10, 2018 by

Words have meaning. Words can change meaning. To give perspective, context is important. The theological identity statement by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer (Aug. 13) shows a breathtaking lack of...

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Open even wider

Sep 10, 2018 by

Years ago I understood open communion to mean a congregation welcomed all who claimed Christ as Lord to the communion table. Closed communion meant a participant had to be a member of that denomination or, in...

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An open table?

Aug 27, 2018 by

Regarding the meaning of communion (“What’s Our Inclusion Ritual?,” July 30), I understand and appreciate John D. Rempel’s concern for theological “originalism,” but when individuals or groups use...

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Absolute on abortion

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hillary Watson (Column, July 30) challenges Mennonites to ask, “Who are we and who do we want to be in the abortion debate?” Mennonites have defined themselves as people of peace even when the cost is...

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A loss for all

Aug 27, 2018 by

A sign of the times, outside Goshen, Ind. The stories in Paul Schrag’s editorial (“Mysterious Initials,” Aug. 13) also represent a loss for progressive Mennonites. The frame of reference for who we are...

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Paradox explained

Aug 13, 2018 by

The vexing paradox that Wil­bur Entz mentions (Letters & Comments, July 16) of people either being conservative and believing the scriptures are without error, or liberal and rejecting war, may not be...

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Military waste

Aug 13, 2018 by

The United States has wasted $15.5 billion in Afghanistan since 2008, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, which they estimate is probably only a portion of the waste, fraud,...

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MCC policy excludes

Jul 30, 2018 by

Contrary to our hope that the national boards of Mennonite Central Committee would remove language that marginalizes the exquisite gifts and denies full participation of LGBTQ+ Anabaptist Mennonites, we are...

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