Kraybill: Letting the other guy win

Jul 31, 2017 by

With wars festering in many countries, and continuing conflict over land in the West Bank, I pray for political leaders who have the reconciling spirit of Abraham. Shortly after returning to Canaan from Egypt,...

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Kraybill: An ill wind, or good?

Jun 19, 2017 by

The whirlwind appeared so quickly and came so swiftly toward us on the dusty road at Tel Dothan that I scarcely had time to take the lens cap off my camera. Then the little twister was upon us, blinding our...

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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...

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Kraybill: Where truth confronted power

Mar 27, 2017 by

Today multiple versions of “truth” compete for attention in politics and media. We ask the same question Pontius Pilate famously put to Jesus: What is truth? (John 18:38). Truth already had been...

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Kraybill: Sanctuary for Jesus’ grandmother

Feb 13, 2017 by

With anti-immigrant fever festering in countries of the Western world, I find inspiration driving on the King’s Highway into ancient Moab, east of the Dead Sea in modern Jordan. Here ancestors of David and...

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Kraybill: Do you want to be made well?

Jan 2, 2017 by

With cancer in his middle-aged body and the prospect of lifespan shortened, Doug Brewer joined a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2014 while health permitted. Near the start of the Via Dolorosa — the...

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Kraybill: A politician behaving badly

Nov 21, 2016 by

Stories of politicians and clergy using positions of power for sexual abuse are painfully familiar, a reminder that no leader is above the need for boundaries and safeguards. I ponder this as I look down on...

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Kraybill: The two Joshuas of Jericho

Oct 10, 2016 by

Anyone who grieves the loss of life through war in Syria today might also lament the slaughter that took place more than 3,000 years ago at Jericho when Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Canaan....

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Like the first syllable of ‘shitake’

Aug 29, 2016 by

What would it take to make the Apostle Paul cussing mad? Fellow Jews or Christians maintaining barriers that kept others from full acceptance in the faith community — that would do it. Harsh language about...

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Subversive women in Judean hills

Jul 18, 2016 by

Fleeing violence in her native Honduras, Maria made her way through Guate­mala and Mexico to Indiana and our congregation in Elkhart. Now she daily awaits word that a nephew has safely completed the same...

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We live in an age of martyrdom

Jun 6, 2016 by

Thousands of Christians have been slaughtered by Boko Haram in Nigeria in recent years, and most of the Western church barely seems to notice. Lord, when did we see you homeless, or hungry, or kneeling in the...

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Christianity’s ‘exaggerated stuff’

Apr 25, 2016 by

“Yes, we are Christians,” an elderly man said on a sidewalk on the Greek island of Milos after giving directions to my wife, Ellen, and me. “But we don’t believe the exaggerated stuff.” The...

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Time to forgive Judas?

Mar 14, 2016 by

On the morning Jesus was condemned to die, Judas took his own life. His death makes me sad, since suicide always leaves a devastating wound among family and friends. Such a violent end for Judas sobers me,...

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Are you going to wash my feet?

Feb 15, 2016 by

Two days after open heart surgery in January, I peed on my socks. You perhaps would do the same if a surgeon so recently had split open your chest, stopped your heart, and grafted in three bypass arteries...

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The conflict ladder of shame

Jan 18, 2016 by

Muslims daily lock and unlock the most hallowed building of Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. This ancient structure encompasses Golgotha and the tomb of our risen Lord — both...

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Thank you, Apostle Paul

Dec 21, 2015 by

Dear Apostle Paul: I know this comes almost two thousand years late, but I want to thank you for helping carry the gospel to Europe where my ancestors eventually came to know Jesus. Sometimes in your mission...

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Nov 10, 2015 by

I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. . . . The wolf and the lamb shall feed together. . . . They shall not hurt or...

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Stretching the boundaries

Sep 28, 2015 by

Peter saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down. . . . In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter,...

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To hell with the pigs!

Aug 17, 2015 by

Jesus asked the man possessed, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. They begged Jesus not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large...

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