Bible: The weak made mighty

May 22, 2017 by

My wife, Gloria, tells about the time her mother used the story of Jael, Sisera and the fatal tent peg for the children’s story in church. Parents were aghast, but she just said, “It’s in the...

[read more]

Kehrberg: Means, ends and baking pies

May 22, 2017 by

As we walk through the world, even along the dangerous paths we have chosen for ourselves, God worries about where we put our feet. — Tony Earley Each year my church has a smoked chicken dinner and bake sale...

[read more]

Book review: ‘Smart Compassion’

May 22, 2017 by

How radical should radical hospitality get? If you are open to having foster children in your home, is one enough, or should you have two or four or maybe eight? At what point do you set a boundary? A foster...

[read more]

Showalter: Tanzanians’ audacious goal

May 22, 2017 by

It is exciting to witness how Anabaptist churches of the Global South are pursuing their goals. Tanzanian Mennonites may be the most ambitious of all. The Tanzanian Mennonite Church — in Swahili, Kanisa la...

[read more]

Powell: Why I sing gospel

May 22, 2017 by

It’s hard to keep focused on God’s preferred future when marginalized communities are attacked and deprived of justice. People use different coping mechanisms to deal with it. Some let anger, resentment...

[read more]

Yoder-Short: Trust not the foxes

May 22, 2017 by

Ten baby chicks arrived at our house along with a flock of childhood memories. I grew up where banties roamed the barnyard, and spring included clucky mothers with newly hatched chicks. As I put our chicks in...

[read more]

Kriss: A good neighbor, Lydia is there

May 8, 2017 by

I live in a section of duplexes in northwestern Philadelphia. Tucked back from the street, I have the option of less interaction, compared to others who have front doors that open directly onto the sidewalk. I...

[read more]

Bible: Enough love to go around

May 8, 2017 by

Perhaps we should start with enemies. Who is our fiercest enemy? A neighbor? Relative? Boss? Past or current president? Another nation? We really can’t understand the story of Jonah unless we reckon with the...

[read more]

Book review: ‘God Without Violence’

May 8, 2017 by

J. Denny Weaver’s latest book is popular theology written in response to a question asked by a child: Why did God kill his own son? The target audience for God Without Violence is those troubled by a...

[read more]

Miller: Life-saving gifts

May 8, 2017 by

Kind deeds are frequently spontaneous life-giving events that bring joy to recipient and giver. Beyond that, generosity’s impact often reaches far beyond the recipient and the donor to include those who...

[read more]

Kraybill: Women at the growing edge

May 8, 2017 by

Among recent immigrants at the church where I worship in Indiana, it is women who come to faith first. Women then invite husbands and relatives, providing energy for outreach. Throughout church history, women...

[read more]

Longhurst: Secular, not faithless

May 8, 2017 by

This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary. The government will host celebrations to mark the country’s heritage, cultural diversity, citizenship, social contract, respect for pluralism, official languages...

[read more]

Andres: The ghosts that haunt us

Apr 24, 2017 by

Last month, the live-action remake of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell hit theaters. Set in a future when many humans are augmented with cybernetic enhancements, the story follows Major Mira Killian,...

[read more]

Bible: Mercy wider than we imagine

Apr 24, 2017 by

It’s worth reading the Book of Jonah in one sitting. It won’t take more than five minutes. Getting the details freshly in mind as well as the entire scope of the story can make an old, familiar tale come...

[read more]

Washington Witness: The same, and worse

Apr 24, 2017 by

“America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion.” “Undocumented mom of 3 U.S. citizen kids deported.” “Study: 5,100 kids in foster care after parents deported.” These may sound like recent...

[read more]

Watson: Generations at odds?

Apr 24, 2017 by

The older generation always thinks the younger generation is going to pot. I hear this statement regularly in the church, repeated by the older generation who dedicated their lives to the church. I also hear...

[read more]

History: An antiwar conspiracy?

Apr 24, 2017 by

The president had squeaked by in the general election. A key plank in his platform had been opposition to foreign military intervention. But in a matter of months after his inauguration, he reversed...

[read more]

Book review: ‘Simple Life Fretz’

Apr 24, 2017 by

During the early 1980s, while a senior at Bethel College, I participated in a monthlong interterm travel course to Washington, D.C., focused on peace issues and Mennonite social justice engagement. Faculty...

[read more]

Showalter: Want renewal? Pray

Apr 10, 2017 by

In the 1640s, a few English nonconformists and Puritans who had migrated to the New World began to share the gospel with Native Americans around them. In 1646, Pastor John Eliot began to lead his Indian...

[read more]

Kehrberg: A Fitbit for what matters most

Apr 10, 2017 by

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it. . . . Yet. — Anne Shirley My daughter received a Fitbit for Christmas. For those unfamiliar with this technological accessory: it looks like a wristwatch, and it...

[read more]

Book review: ‘A Doubter’s Guide to God’

Apr 10, 2017 by

When I was young, I had no idea normal people doubted God. So when I doubted, I was ashamed. Normal people believed. They flourished as Christians and at church. I wasn’t normal. I was bad. Roger Martin’s...

[read more]

Powell: Freedom from anxiety is right around the corner

Apr 10, 2017 by

A Feb. 15 Harris poll for the American Psychological Association found Americans haven’t experienced this much stress in many years. According to the poll, 66 percent of participants are stressed about the...

[read more]

Yoder-Short: Define ‘political’

Apr 10, 2017 by

“We can’t put up the sign because it’s political.” When seeing the sign, “No matter what country you’re from, we are glad you’re our neighbor,” what do we see? Does including Spanish and Arabic...

[read more]

Bible: How can we keep from singing?

Apr 10, 2017 by

“Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus,” the speaker said. “Nothing at all. Not anything we do — or anything we don’t do.” I pushed the rewind button and played the recording...

[read more]

Kennel-Shank: Staying awake in Gethsemane

Mar 27, 2017 by

The cemeteries where members of my extended families are buried are truly places of repose, surrounded by the fertile fields of Lancaster County, Pa. When I visit their graves, I sense that they are at rest,...

[read more]