Showalter: Nondefensive ethnicity

Dec 9, 2019 by

This autumn I participated in a retreat for CMC overseers and bishops in Columbus, Ohio. Serving on a panel, I and others were asked to share our vision for CMC, a 13,000-member association of Mennonites...

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Showalter: What is the gospel?

Oct 28, 2019 by

What is the core of the gospel and the mission that flows from it? Western churches agonize over this question. Most of us believe the gospel centers on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (1...

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Showalter: Anabaptist without knowing it

Sep 16, 2019 by

China and the United States are in a trade war. Yet the real issues at stake are bigger than trade. We might describe it as competing globalizations. (Though globalization does not imply competition, we might...

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When bubbles burst

Aug 5, 2019 by

We all live in bubbles. That truth hit home this week as I caught up with my friend Eric at Panera Bread. He described in his travel last fall along the “justice road” of the Civil Rights movement of the...

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Showalter: Unhealthy dependence

Jun 24, 2019 by

In a circle of East African Anabaptist leaders this spring, comments flew with dizzying rapidity. We talked about forgiveness, reconciliation and repentance. We struggled with authority and control and how to...

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Showalter: Bridges of God

Apr 29, 2019 by

The power of new ideas in the global spread of Christianity is perhaps nowhere more strikingly illustrated in the modern church than in an understanding of the “bridges of God.” Donald McGavran used the...

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Showalter: Refusing to live in fear

Apr 1, 2019 by

Intercultural Christian witness gets critiqued from many quarters, usually with good reason. After all, one never moves between cultures without making mistakes or displaying blind spots. Many critiques are...

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Showalter: Honduran forgiveness

Feb 18, 2019 by

Christians know the cost of reconciliation. It stands at the core of the gospel in the suffering and death of Jesus for our salvation. Greater love has no one than a life sacrificed for others. Reconciliation...

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Showalter: Ethiopia’s astounding leader

Jan 7, 2019 by

Two years ago, Ethiopia was a basket case. The government seemed to be losing control. The majority Oromo people were restive under a rule that seemed to rob them of their place. The traditionally powerful...

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Leaders set example of forgiveness in Honduras

Dec 3, 2018 by and

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Leaders of the Amor Viviente (Living Love) and Centro Cristiano Internacional churches met Nov. 14 in an act of reconciliation and mutual forgiveness. They embraced in the presence of...

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Showalter: Spirit of the West

Nov 19, 2018 by

Jewel and I celebrated our golden anniversary with a two-month visit to 25 national parks and as many friends west of the Mississippi. We “camped” inside our Odyssey van, cooked our food on an old Coleman...

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Showalter: Ambassador in Russia

Oct 8, 2018 by

Russia is in the Western news often. War in Ukraine, interference with elections, Trump/Putin jockeying, poisoning of an intelligence agent, sanctions. Is a new Cold War emerging? It’s actually an East/West...

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Showalter: New England gospel

Aug 27, 2018 by

Authentic movements to Jesus happen all over the globe. From North America, though, sometimes it seems they’re all “out there” in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Yet the heart of God is for North...

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Showalter: Dynamic, yet insular

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Korean Christian churches are an intriguing phenomenon of the past 100 years. Protestant Christianity arrived in Korea only after 1880, but the Korean church has flourished since then in ways that have...

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Showalter: Visible righteousness

Jun 4, 2018 by

“Baptists are good at getting people converted, but Mennonites are better at making disciples.” It’s a stereotype and, like most, holds a grain of truth. Yet its days are numbered. The whole Western...

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South Korean passion for missions inspires IMA leaders

May 7, 2018 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — Christians of the Global South are reimagining and reconstructing mission for the 21st century. The churches of South Korea are in the forefront. A group of Anabaptists recently visited...

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Showalter: Suffer and send: a Garifuna movement

Apr 23, 2018 by

No one knows for sure how the Garifuna got here. Probably they emerged from a shipwrecked slave ship on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in the 1600s. Or maybe they traveled from Africa as early as the...

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Opinion: Why Lancaster Conference left

Mar 26, 2018 by

Since leaders and writers from outside Lancaster Mennonite Conference have offered their perspectives on why LMC withdrew from Mennonite Church USA, I will add my voice. I was part of LMC when we decided to...

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Showalter: God still tends roots

Mar 12, 2018 by

Fran Martin, a Mennonite woman in eastern Pennsylvania, accompanied a friend to India 10 years ago. She was certain she would never return to India. She was wrong. While there, she met a young West Bengali...

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Showalter: Do we miss the heart of the gospel?

Jan 29, 2018 by

“What are the markers of Anabaptism?” asked Nelson Kraybill, president of Mennonite World Conference, to a panel at the annual meeting of the North American Anabaptist mission agencies this winter. It is a...

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