Longhurst: More than numbers

Feb 24, 2020 by

By 2040, there may be no Anglican Church members left in Canada. That’s the finding of a new report commissioned by the Anglican Church of Canada. The report shows the church running out of members in 20...

[read more]

Kraybill: Act before it is too late

Feb 24, 2020 by

The man sits as he died 2,000 years ago, in a position that looks like weeping. Surrounding him are amphorae jugs used to import wine, olive oil and fish sauce that fed the huge appetite of Rome at the center...

[read more]

Bible: Scaling the watchtower

Feb 24, 2020 by

Lake Titicaca, impossibly wide and deep and high above the sea, fills an immense mountain trough in the Andes along the Peru-Bolivia border. The lake is so big that it encompasses rocky islands. Strangely...

[read more]

Kriss: Claiming a truer evangelical faith

Feb 24, 2020 by

True evangelical faith does not lie dormant. It has become all things to all people. — Menno Simons Sometime in the 1980s I came to understand myself as an evangelical. I believe there is good news to the...

[read more]

Book review: Hope’s Table

Feb 24, 2020 by

Providing food for oneself and family is a daily chore. Should you decide to complete this chore by actually cooking something, your resources are legion. Traditionally, one would reach for a cookbook or maybe...

[read more]

Kennel-Shank: Add refuse to 3 Rs

Feb 24, 2020 by

The issue is stark: Pollution from plastics and other waste is harming all creatures, all over the world. It is affecting human health, from residents of the wealthiest countries to children living near scrap...

[read more]

Book review: Liminal Sovereignty

Feb 10, 2020 by

This study of two minority religious communities in northern Mexico — Old Colony Mennonites and Mormon colonists — focuses on the accommodation of these groups by Mexican governmental officials and their...

[read more]

Andres: Family dynamics

Feb 10, 2020 by

During the recent film awards season, The Farewell has garnered a lot of attention. A comedy-drama written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film centers around Chinese American Billi, who learns her grandmother...

[read more]

Bible: Forgive us our debts

Feb 10, 2020 by

In the Gospel of Matthew, the account of Jesus’ teaching on prayer is found right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. One way to understand the sermon is to see it as a description of the character of...

[read more]

History: For periodicals, change is normal

Feb 10, 2020 by

Last year ended with the news that two Mennonite magazines — Mennonite Brethren Herald of the Canadian MB Conference and Beacon of the CMC, formerly Conservative Mennonite Conference — were ceasing...

[read more]

King: Proud to be an Okie

Feb 10, 2020 by

Actually, I’m not from Muskogee, Okla., where “we don’t smoke marijuana” and “even squares can have a ball,” as country singer Merle Haggard celebrated. Still I can imagine being from there as I...

[read more]

U.N. Witness: ‘Beyond Vietnam’: what King taught us

Feb 10, 2020 by

On Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, I found myself in a worship service at Riverside Church in New York City, my skin tingling as I gazed at the pulpit where King delivered his controversial and groundbreaking...

[read more]

Book review: Raising Disciples

Jan 27, 2020 by

Natalie Frisk and I have something in common: Our earliest memories of Sunday school include damp, musty church basements. Many assumed these places were where we kids learned about God. But, lucky for both of...

[read more]

Bible: Temptations of kings — and Jesus

Jan 27, 2020 by

The connection between the passages from 1 Kings in our previous lesson and Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness might not be obvious. But what if we reflect on the meaning of the title used of Jesus in...

[read more]

Powell: This year, a silent revolution

Jan 27, 2020 by

I marvel at the revolutionary and transforming work of ­Jesus. He was passionate, ­direct and God-directed. Religious and secular power brokers considered him a threat because he changed the world by...

[read more]

Yoder-Short: Misreading Bathsheba

Jan 27, 2020 by

New analysis indicates that when King David saw Bathsheba, she wasn’t bathing nude but “was actually heading out the door to run some errands while wearing leggings as pants, causing the king to...

[read more]

Showalter: Acts of Apostles go on

Jan 27, 2020 by

Richard Showalter wrote this column shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer on Dec. 14 at the age of 74. His columns have blessed and challenged MWR readers since 2012. An obituary in the Jan. 13 issue...

[read more]

Kinsinger: I made my own wedding dress

Jan 27, 2020 by

I made my own wedding dress. I have sewed dresses for myself since I was a teenager, moving from frustration and seam rippers to calm satisfaction in watching the pieces fit together, just so. My wedding dress...

[read more]

Kennel-Shank: Everything is mission

Jan 13, 2020 by

Mission is a word that evokes a wide variety of responses in people I know. In some contexts it’s primarily connected to spies, the military and movies about both. For others it carries baggage from past...

[read more]

Kriss: Saturday night at Chick-Fil-A

Jan 13, 2020 by

I turned around to see a young woman with a blue hijab trying to stop a girl squealing loudly and running. It’s a Saturday night in Lancaster County, Pa. The Route 30 Chick-Fil-A is filled with those of us...

[read more]

Kraybill: Revolt’s unintended results

Jan 13, 2020 by

No, I didn’t slide open the tomb of an ancient revolutionary in Israel. But I did rest on the half-open lid of what might be his grave at the town of Modi’in and consider what it takes to provoke oppressed...

[read more]

Bible: The clash of king and covenant

Jan 13, 2020 by

The eighth chapter of 1 Kings may capture the ­moment in the Old Testament where the two great cov­enants — Davidic and Mosaic — come together with the most harmony. Solomon, David’s successor as...

[read more]

Longhurst: No longer on top

Jan 13, 2020 by

“Hello, massa. Bottom rail on top this time.” That’s what a freed black slave in the Union army is reported to have said when he saw his former owner, captured in a battle during the U.S. Civil War,...

[read more]

Book review: Terror, Faith and Relief

Jan 13, 2020 by

The late Mennonite Breth­ren writer Katie Funk Wiebe, who died in 2016, was passionate about translating Die Hungersnot in Russland und Unsere Reise um die Welt (The Famine in Russia and Our Trip Around the...

[read more]

Washington Witness: North American aid needs North Korean hands

Dec 23, 2019 by

When we walk into the hospital dining room, we see a young girl seated waiting to eat. She is an inpatient at a pediatric hospital about an hour and a half outside of Pyongyang, North Korea, hospitalized after...

[read more]