Let’s be ‘fellowships’

Jun 29, 2020 by

The Mosaic Mennonite Conference name (June 15) is creative, inclusive and reflects the way Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonites work with vision in a good way. It could be improved by using the name Mosaic...

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Religious hypocrisy

Jun 29, 2020 by

President Trump’s recent action using tear gas on citizens so that he could have a picture of himself holding a Bible (“Scripture Sacrilege,” Editorial, June 15) was a classic example of God vs. empire....

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Pray for the president

Jun 29, 2020 by

For any president to become God’s servant for the people’s good is a high calling. That’s even more the case for those who claim to be Bible-believing Christians, as the current U.S. president does....

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Draft registration

Jun 29, 2020 by

As a staff member at the Center on Conscience and War (formerly the National Service Board for Conscientious Objectors), I feel moved to correct what Bob Hartzler said in his June 15 letter in response to...

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Draft registration

Jun 15, 2020 by

The June 1 editorial, “Women Feel a Draft,” says, “Now registration happens automatically when applying for a driver’s license.” Yes, if you complete the online form that asks you for your national...

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Aid request for Iran

Jun 15, 2020 by

We believe Mennonites are called to a ministry of human compassion and international peacebuilding in these perilous times. Anabaptists can now reach out to the people of Iran, who have been hit hard by the...

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Excellent Bible study

Jun 15, 2020 by

In response to Jonathan Stoltzfus (Letters & Comments, May 4): We did not find any deception on the part of Menno­Media in using Laura Brenneman’s writings. The Mennonite Congregation of Boston used...

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War-tax resisters

Jun 15, 2020 by

I was glad to see the article “MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund” (May 18). But more broadly, I am grateful that there seems to be a renewed emphasis on the historic peace witness of the Mennonite...

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Giving it away

Jun 1, 2020 by

Regarding Gary Oyer’s “Rely on Government?” (Letters & Comments, May 18): I have given my government stimulus check to organizations whose programs have been cut by the government in my city, and...

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My wilderness of skyscrapers

Jun 1, 2020 by

Three times in 30 years I’ve lived through events I hope never happen anywhere again: the 1990 Hesston, Kan., tornado, the 2016 mass shooting in Hesston — and now I’m living in the epicenter of the...

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Meaning of baptism

Jun 1, 2020 by

I gained some perspectives on baptism and rebaptism (“Should Anabaptists Still Rebaptize?,” April 20) during the years I participated in a Mennonite-Cath­olic dialogue in Winnipeg, Man. Our conversations...

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Rely on government?

May 18, 2020 by

I wonder why there is not much discussion about the implications of conferences and churches taking Paycheck Protection Program money (“Groups Rise to Meet Fiscal Challenges of Pandemic,” May 4). I was...

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Thrice-baptized pastor

May 18, 2020 by

Regarding “To Be Rebaptized?” (May 4): I was born in 1937, and my parents wanted me to be dedicated to the Lord, so I assume I was sprinkled with water in a Free Methodist Church. Later I experienced a...

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Isn’t it deceptive?

May 4, 2020 by

Regarding “Illinois Pastors ­Allowed to Officiate Same-Sex Marriages” (March 9): I realized a couple weeks ago that the writer of our current Adult Bible Study by MennoMedia, which our Sunday school class...

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To be rebaptized?

May 4, 2020 by

For me the most significant words in “Should Anabaptists Still Rebaptize?” (Blog, April 20) by Gareth Brandt were those of J. Denny Weaver: “Baptism was not the most defining issue [even] at the...

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Outsider’s perspective

Apr 20, 2020 by

I appreciated Glen Guyton’s reflections on his life journey from the military to executive director of Mennonite Church USA (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6). With no draft...

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A peace tax fund

Apr 20, 2020 by

Shouldn’t taxpayers have the right not to kill? When we pay our taxes that underwrite warmaking, we are participating in all the killing, destruction and displacement that war involves. Taxpayers praying for...

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Necessary insights

Apr 20, 2020 by

Glen Guyton’s personal story and his quoted comments (“Outsider’s Perspective Shows Value of Belonging,” April 6) give reality to an outlook that I heard long ago and truly believe. Non­ethnic...

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Conversion versions

Apr 6, 2020 by

John Stoner’s “Apostles Re- Examined” only tells part of the story about Paul. Stoner cites the blinding-light conversion story as told by Luke in Acts 9 to support his opinion that the church is wrong...

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May God repay the many who deserve thanks

Apr 6, 2020 by

I stand amazed at the sacrifices made on our behalf amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Front-line health-care workers are like the soldiers of other times: willing to sacrifice their well-being, maybe to the point of...

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That Which Is

Apr 6, 2020 by

“God Controls the Weather,” about Amish skepticism of human-caused climate change, brought back memories of words in a booklet given to me by a hitchhiker I picked up. The title was Love Letters from the...

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The only issue?

Apr 6, 2020 by

Many Anabaptists in the United States have been in a separatist season, leaving one body of believers for another over LGBTQ inclusion. Separation is based on the idea that if our church is affiliated with a...

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Entirely inspired

Mar 23, 2020 by

Bruxy Cavey proposes that moving some words around in a common conservative faith statement (“We believe in the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God, and his name is Jesus. . . .”) is the bridge...

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Right discrimination

Mar 23, 2020 by

Our culture says it is OK to be gay. This is a lie. The church is being deceived. Our culture no longer believes in a God who gave us universal standards for living. Our culture and our nation are heading for...

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Gospel in context

Mar 23, 2020 by

Contextualization of the gos­pel is a cardinal principle of contemporary missions. It affirms what Anabaptist Christians have called a “hermeneutic of community” — with the additional understanding that...

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