Miller: Grandma testifies

Feb 18, 2019 by

Tears come to my grandma’s eyes when she tells us goodbye and thanks us for coming to visit. “I’m not worthy,” she says. Silly Grandma. We have visited her seldom, far less often than she deserves. She...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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Bible: Because Jesus is true

Feb 18, 2019 by

Sometimes I talk to my seatmates on the plane. Sometimes I don’t. But when the young woman next to me had a panic attack brought on by her just-discharged-from-Afghan­istan post-traumatic stress, how could...

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Powell: Pre-existing conditions

Feb 18, 2019 by

Our communities are hurting. Few want to accept responsibility, particularly those who benefit from the conditions that have created the pain. We have learned to play the blame game. Blame the victims. Accuse...

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Yoder: Innocent words gone awry

Feb 18, 2019 by

Bluebird, girl, noncradle — all innocent words. Sometimes it isn’t what we say; it’s how we say it. If you were a bluebird in my first-grade class, you were teased. “Bluebird” was an innocent label...

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Showalter: Honduran forgiveness

Feb 18, 2019 by

Christians know the cost of reconciliation. It stands at the core of the gospel in the suffering and death of Jesus for our salvation. Greater love has no one than a life sacrificed for others. Reconciliation...

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Bible: The past that guides the future

Feb 4, 2019 by

We don’t often have the chance to witness mass religious festivals of a kind seen regularly in some parts of the world. They are unforgettable: the Muslim hajj, the Easter throngs in southern Africa or the...

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Kraybill: Upon this rock

Feb 4, 2019 by

“Look, what large stones and what large buildings!” cried a disciple of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem (Mark 13:1). King Herod and his dynasty had spent decades fabulously rebuilding Israel’s center of...

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Kennel-Shank: Vulnerable, glorious interdependence

Feb 4, 2019 by

Under the heading “Needs” on the dry-erase board at the retreat center was my name and “Ride to Southfield after Sunday lunch.” Next to it was a large blank spot. It was accurate, but it was jarring as...

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Longhurst: Pioneer woman

Feb 4, 2019 by

Before #MeToo and #ChurchToo — before there even was the internet—there was Winnipegger Peggy Unruh Regehr. Unruh Regehr, who died Sept. 27 at the age of 89, was a pioneer in championing the cause of women...

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Kriss: Much more to Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by

For two weeks I have been in Mexico, far south of the proposed border wall, in a place people from the U.S. come to frolic in the sun. The Yucatan peninsula resisted colonization from Europeans into the 20th...

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Book review: ‘Flight: Mennonites facing the Soviet Empire in 1929-30’

Feb 4, 2019 by

We live in an era of human flight and displacement. The United Nations Refugee Agency says there are more than 68 million refu­gees throughout the world. A top political issue in North America and Europe is...

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Book review: ‘From James Joyce to Organic Farming’

Jan 21, 2019 by

Maynard Kaufman is a South Dakota farm boy, a Joycian scholar and post-Christian theologian, a multidisciplinary professor in religious and environmental studies, an organic farmer, a communitarian and...

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Bible: God in the fortress — or the slum

Jan 21, 2019 by

A famous impressionist artist once said, “I know what I’m looking at, but what am I seeing?” This inviting question leads to the heart of Psalm 48. At first glance, an ancient traveler approaching the...

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Washington Witness: Early warning of empty tables

Jan 21, 2019 by

At Christmas, we celebrated love and shared the joy of God’s gift of himself as a light to all people. Christmas is a season of grace that sparks unconditional generosity to others. What about the rest of...

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King: A broken heart?

Jan 21, 2019 by

Decades ago, discovery of a murmur alerted me that my heart will always require monitoring and more of it, plus potentially treatment, as I age. Recently while grandchildren raced hither and yon, seemingly...

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The first non-Western Mennonites

Jan 21, 2019 by

Mennonites today are found on every continent of the world (save for Antarctica, of course). But in the mid-19th century, the original Anabaptists’ spiritual descendants lived only in North America and...

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Andres: Windows to truth

Jan 21, 2019 by

Someone asked me what books have shaped my thinking or best represent the way I see reality. This got me thinking about how these books are like glimpses through windows that help me see the way the world...

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Showalter: Ethiopia’s astounding leader

Jan 7, 2019 by

Two years ago, Ethiopia was a basket case. The government seemed to be losing control. The majority Oromo people were restive under a rule that seemed to rob them of their place. The traditionally powerful...

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Miller: City stories

Jan 7, 2019 by

I sit in a departure lounge of Logan International Airport — late, late. Boston’s winter weather is chancy, and today — flying home for a visit — I drew the wrong straw. The lounge is empty except for...

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Book review: ‘The Four Gifts’

Jan 7, 2019 by

The Four Gifts by April Yamasaki evokes for me Jesus’ search for solitude after his work of healing among the crowds. It seems that some of the most oft-told stories of Jesus are of his crossing the sea to...

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Powell: Make this a better year

Jan 7, 2019 by

What a year! I’ll call 2018 the year of living dangerously. It was a year of fear, hatred, lies and deception. Some people’s anxiety was eased by the outcome of the U.S. midterm election, but many...

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Yoder-Short: Brave enough to speak

Jan 7, 2019 by

How brave are we at speaking up in the face of opposition? We all remember times when we stayed silent knowing that our opinions would not be welcome. It’s easy to fall in line with the surrounding tone. I...

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Bible: Threatened with the Resurrection

Jan 7, 2019 by

The late Vincent Harding, an African-American scholar and civil rights activist with Mennonite connections, recounted a visit to Guate­mala to witness the turmoil and suffering of its oppressed indigenous...

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Longhurst: The end of famine porn

Dec 17, 2018 by

It’s Christmas, a time for giving and also for asking. You will see lots of ads and letters asking you for money, including from aid groups. While you will see lots of photos of people in the developing...

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