Where does AMBS stand?

Nov 16, 2017 by

I am often asked, “Where does AMBS stand [on this or that issue]?” My response, with some elaboration, is, “We stand on the Word of God.” The question is reaching for a declaration about conviction....

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A cold and broken hallelujah

Nov 16, 2016 by

If the church can’t unite against hatred and bullying, the church isn’t worth its salt. The U.S. nation is divided. The church is divided. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not divided. The gospel says without...

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‘But I’ve seen him do so much good’

Sep 21, 2016 by

Please note: This reflection references an incident of sexual abuse. “But I’ve seen him do so much good.” It was heartbreaking when I came across this line in an account about a woman who had...

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Beauty in borderlands: My family and Malcolm Gladwell

Aug 12, 2016 by

When I called my parents on their 72nd wedding anniversary in early July, mother told me dad had brought her a bouquet from his garden. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” she said, quoting John Keats....

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By what moral authority?

May 16, 2016 by

Leading with moral authority takes uncommon courage in these fractious times. Who has the audacity to move out onto that vulnerable edge? Who has the integrity, love and theological grounding to do so in...

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Happy are those who do not sit in the seat of scoffers

Mar 30, 2016 by

Truth be told, I assiduously avoid watching or listening to the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. When family members turned on the TV to watch the first Republican debate six...

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Anabaptist schools, scripture and spiritual awakening

Nov 23, 2015 by

In late September, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow — clearly a reference to the apocalyptic...

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Sexuality debate is a gift from God

Mar 6, 2014 by

I’ve long said I wish as a church we could open our hands to receive the irreconcilable dilemma we’re faced with around sexual orientation, as a gift from God. Am I out of my mind to say this? Maybe. But...

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