Book review: ‘More Than One Thing is True’

Jan 15, 2018 by

I met Urbane Peachey about 20 years ago. I’d just accepted an invitation to serve as interim pastor for Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa. He was one of the pastors at Akron Mennonite Church, the...

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Kraybill: Awaiting an earthquake in Indiana?

Jan 15, 2018 by

In the name of Jesus, Paul and Silas healed a slave girl at Philippi whose owners exploited her for money as a fortune-teller (Acts 16). When the owners “saw that their hope of making money was gone, they...

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Bible: We have a confession to make

Jan 15, 2018 by

The language of confession is both under- and overused at present, in different ways. On the one hand, in church settings most of us practice confession in a corporate manner, speaking in unison our...

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Kriss: Trying to see from another’s view

Jan 15, 2018 by

The final project of our Christian Ethics class last semester was a field trip rooted in the implications of what we learned. My small class of four students chose to focus on learning African-American history...

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Miller: Enough to give more

Jan 15, 2018 by

Every December, my partner, John, and I review our charitable giving and develop a budget for the year ahead. We’ve found developing a budget requires us think about what organizations, including our local...

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Longhurst: Who fears death?

Jan 15, 2018 by

“Why are evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics overrepresented among those who experience higher levels of guilt, regret and uncertainty in the face of impending death?” That’s a question a...

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Watson: A director, not a pastor

Jan 1, 2018 by

When a congregation goes through a pastoral transition, it has a lot of conversations. What do we want in a pastor? A good preacher? An activist? Someone who is good at visitation? Someone skilled in conflict...

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Book review: ‘(Re)union’

Jan 1, 2018 by

Bruxy Cavey’s (Re)union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints and Sinners gave me a glimpse into mega­church theology attempting to work itself out within Anabaptism. Cavey is the teaching pastor for...

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Bible: From fire to favor

Jan 1, 2018 by

Dan. 1:8-21 centers on dietary practices as markers of identity. The opening chapter of the book introduces Daniel and his companions in exile and sets up the challenges they will face, trying to live...

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Washington Witness: Don’t Native Americans count?

Jan 1, 2018 by

In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million...

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Andres: Longing for rescue

Jan 1, 2018 by

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is a fascinating documentary that alternates between a contemporary interview with actor Jim Carrey and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1999 film Man on the Moon, in which...

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History: Remembering some anniversaries

Jan 1, 2018 by

As 2017 passes into the annals of history, let’s remember some of the year’s more important and interesting Anabaptist anniversaries. 475 years ago (1542) — Authorities in Leeuwarden, capital of the...

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Book review: ‘The Internationalists’

Dec 18, 2017 by

Mennonite peace activists in the 1930s were a small part of an international peace movement to promote the Kellogg-Briand treaty. That treaty, passed in 1928, had made war illegal. At Buhler High School in...

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Bible: Body of Christ, bodies of women

Dec 18, 2017 by

“You’re either with our bodies or against our bodies,” Amber Tamblyn wrote recently in The New York Times, responding to the flood of revelations of sexual misconduct, from Louis C.K. to Charlie Rose to...

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Yoder-Short: A world of competing saviors

Dec 18, 2017 by

The committee deliberated whether the donated yard sign would be posted. There was disagreement. In the end, it was decided that the sign sounded too political.“No matter where you are from, we are glad you...

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Kehrberg: Seeking comfort and joy

Dec 18, 2017 by

During Advent, churches wait for Jesus’ birth while discussing concepts like comfort and hope, waiting and watching, peace and joy. Spiritually, I get it. But on a practical level it’s a bit of a joke. If...

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Powell: Welcome the unwanted

Dec 18, 2017 by

Can we really celebrate the birth of Christ? We are worn down by the horrors that have held us captive. Mass executions by gun violence, rampant discrimination and potential nuclear war have put us on edge....

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Showalter: Searching for identity

Dec 18, 2017 by

The global rise of nationalism, often in the form of populism, is astonishing in its variety and extent. There seems scarcely a nation unaffected. Perhaps a good way to understand it is as a massive human...

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Kriss: Waiting with a smartphone during Advent

Dec 4, 2017 by

Advent is about waiting. The two most celebrated portions of the church year, Lent and Advent, both feature a similar framework of preparing and waiting. In Spanish, the verb for waiting (esperar) has the same...

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Book review: ‘Plain Meetinghouses’

Dec 4, 2017 by

With all the attention given to the way plain Anabaptists live their daily lives, it’s easy to forget that they are, at a fundamental level, a worshiping people. Beth Oberholtzer and John Herr have created...

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Bible: The baby who threatened a king

Dec 4, 2017 by

Acts 14 showcases the people’s impulse to make gods of human leaders. Listening to Paul and Barnabas speak, seeing them manifest God’s power, the people mistake these men for something they’re not,...

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Kraybill: Tyrant loses moral authority

Dec 4, 2017 by

Matthew reports that wise men from the East, presumably Gentiles, came to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we have come to pay him homage.” When Herod heard...

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Kennel-Shank: Five names

Dec 4, 2017 by

Deonta Turner, Lemont Davis, Alandis Allison, Maurice Purnell and Juan Bahena Jr. I felt these five people’s deaths most deeply amid more than 500 fatal shootings this year in Chicago. Deonta Turner and...

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Longhurst: ‘A cry for home’

Dec 4, 2017 by

“Everyone needs a home — where families are safe and secure, where their basic needs are met, where they can come and go freely, and where they can imagine a future.” That’s the way a new campaign...

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Book review: ‘Two Weeks Every Summer’

Nov 20, 2017 by

Now and then a person comes upon a book that is hard to read precisely because it disturbs the comfort zones of his or her thinking. And yet while entering into the first few pages, a small voice says: You...

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