Book review: The Book of books isn’t boring

Oct 8, 2018 by

I have a nasty suspicion that a comprehensive review of the Bible will either be: a) too long, complicated and detailed; or b) too general to be helpful. Was I ever wrong about Meghan Larissa Good’s book!...

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‘You don’t belong here’

Oct 8, 2018 by

People of color can’t get a break these days. When their rights aren’t being eliminated, they are harassed by white neighbors. There has been a rash of whites reporting people of color to the police for...

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Bible column: Miracles, if we’re paying attention

Oct 8, 2018 by

At my church we recently concluded a sermon series in which we answered questions submitted by the congregation. One of the submissions read, “Do miracles really happen?” I regularly talk with people who...

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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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Miller: Sweat-grimed poppies in my hands

Oct 8, 2018 by

Criminals and I have something in common: I view myself as a good person. Better than most, even. “Perhaps the most surprising discovery in my early years of trying to understand the criminal mind was that,...

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Yoder-Short: The two who dropped dead

Oct 8, 2018 by

A group of teens started listing why they disliked certain Bible stories. It began with Job and ended with Ananias and Sapphira. “What kind of God kills people for lying?” Certain biblical passages make us...

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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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Miller: The pacifist, the colonel and the flag

Sep 24, 2018 by

Seldom a week goes by that I don’t hear about relationships being frayed because of political differences. “How can you claim to be a Christian and vote for Trump/Clinton?” Political affiliation and...

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Book review: ‘Believe Me’

Sep 24, 2018 by

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election surprised almost everyone. How did it happen? Evangelical Christians had a lot to do with it. In Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald...

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Bible: Under water, the death that saves

Sep 24, 2018 by

A classmate once told me the biblical story she found most irredeemable was that of Noah and his ark. When Joshua slaughters cities in God’s name, you can always blame Joshua. But who do you blame when God...

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Longhurst: Controversy defused

Sep 24, 2018 by

It was big news in Canada when the Supreme Court denied an appeal by Trinity Western University to have a decision against its law school overturned because of the university’s stance against...

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Kriss: Pastors and scandals

Sep 24, 2018 by

For Mennonite pastors, conversations about boundaries can be difficult. Recent cases of boundary violations have rocked theological and institutional understandings of ourselves. In Pennsylvania, the public...

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Book review: ‘A Midwife in Amish Country’

Sep 17, 2018 by

In her excellent 2013 study of the Amish romance, Thrill of the Chaste, Valerie Weaver-Zercher decisively argues that books about the Amish are predominantly written for an evangelical Christian audience. The...

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Bible: The ‘party of one’ problem

Sep 17, 2018 by

The first thing “not good” in creation (presumably excepting the snakes) was a human being alone. This should probably not be surprising, from a Christian perspective. After all, humans were made in the...

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Andres: Our filtered selves

Sep 10, 2018 by

I ran across an article about a disturbing trend in plastic surgery in which people alter their faces to look like filtered selfies taken with apps like Facetune or Snapchat, which modify appearance by...

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Watson: Sunday school is dying

Sep 10, 2018 by

Sunday school is dying. And that’s OK. Technically, the whole church is dying in the Western world. Few expect the church to actually die, however. Religion remains a uniquely powerful force in human...

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Washington Witness: Prison impacts families

Sep 10, 2018 by

With more than 2 million men and women held in U.S. jails and prisons, the need for criminal justice reform has become evident. But legislators disagree on what these reforms should look like. Some believe...

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History: An evolution from Amish

Sep 8, 2018 by

In the 21st century, “conservative” is wrapped in layers of often-ambiguous political, religious and cultural meanings. That’s a big reason why the Conservative Mennonite Conference this summer decided...

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Yoder-Short: To be great or humble?

Aug 27, 2018 by

“More to the right!” “No, go left!” “From where I stand it looks like you just need to center it.” We are on a youth-group service trip. The shouting isn’t about politics. It is about locating...

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Book review: ‘Education with the Grain of the Universe’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Over the past several decades, one remarkable initiative in Mennonite higher education has been in the new academic field of peace and conflict studies. Mennonite schools across North America — from Fresno...

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Bible: Go ahead, mess with perfection

Aug 27, 2018 by

In the beginning the world was a blank canvas. Then God flipped on the studio lights, stepped up to the easel and threw God’s self headlong into creation. For days, even ages, God worked without rest, lost...

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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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Miller: You have faith enough to pray

Aug 27, 2018 by

A book called Prayer, by Ole Hallesby — a Norwegian Christian who wrote in the early 1900s — changed my understanding of that basic-to-our-humanity, up-reaching thing we call prayer. I will share in my own...

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Powell: Fighting the ‘bear’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hardly anyone could have imagined the dramatic shift in relationships that has happened in the past year in the United States. Our communities have become edgy, waiting for the next tragedy to happen. The...

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Bible: With love, our divisions fall away

Aug 13, 2018 by

These texts from Paul provide an excellent coda to our conversations about ethics, justice and the Christian life. Although Romans is rightly considered Paul’s most important theological writing, he most of...

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