God’s not the tempter

Oct 8, 2018 by

For years I wrestled with a confusing line in the Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation.” It finally dawned on me that the English wording did not square with the teaching of the Bible itself....

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Pro-birth or pro-life?

Oct 8, 2018 by

Recently I read a quote by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List: “President Trump is the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.” I want to define more clearly the...

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Clear your schedules

Sep 24, 2018 by

I can’t agree with Hillary Watson, who says it’s OK Sunday school is dying (Gathering the Stones, Sept. 10). We have a responsibility to clear our schedules of all that doesn’t contribute to growing...

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Importance of hymns

Sep 24, 2018 by

Thank you for “Our Hymns Shape Our Faith” (Blog, Sept. 10), which asks us to choose hymns wisely because they shape our faith more than sermons do. How do we choose our hymns? By the tune? The text? The...

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Amish not ignorant

Sep 24, 2018 by

According to the Amish Heritage Foundation, the 1972 Supreme Court decision Wisconsin v. Yoder, which allowed the Amish to end schooling after eighth grade, brought enforced ignorance and a feeling of...

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Evangelical values?

Sep 10, 2018 by

Words have meaning. Words can change meaning. To give perspective, context is important. The theological identity statement by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer (Aug. 13) shows a breathtaking lack of...

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Open even wider

Sep 10, 2018 by

Years ago I understood open communion to mean a congregation welcomed all who claimed Christ as Lord to the communion table. Closed communion meant a participant had to be a member of that denomination or, in...

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An open table?

Aug 27, 2018 by

Regarding the meaning of communion (“What’s Our Inclusion Ritual?,” July 30), I understand and appreciate John D. Rempel’s concern for theological “originalism,” but when individuals or groups use...

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Absolute on abortion

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hillary Watson (Column, July 30) challenges Mennonites to ask, “Who are we and who do we want to be in the abortion debate?” Mennonites have defined themselves as people of peace even when the cost is...

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A loss for all

Aug 27, 2018 by

A sign of the times, outside Goshen, Ind. The stories in Paul Schrag’s editorial (“Mysterious Initials,” Aug. 13) also represent a loss for progressive Mennonites. The frame of reference for who we are...

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Paradox explained

Aug 13, 2018 by

The vexing paradox that Wil­bur Entz mentions (Letters & Comments, July 16) of people either being conservative and believing the scriptures are without error, or liberal and rejecting war, may not be...

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Military waste

Aug 13, 2018 by

The United States has wasted $15.5 billion in Afghanistan since 2008, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, which they estimate is probably only a portion of the waste, fraud,...

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MCC policy excludes

Jul 30, 2018 by

Contrary to our hope that the national boards of Mennonite Central Committee would remove language that marginalizes the exquisite gifts and denies full participation of LGBTQ+ Anabaptist Mennonites, we are...

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What’s in a name?

Jul 30, 2018 by

Although my name is Nelson, I don’t much care what people call me as long as it is said in respect and love. I wonder if God might feel the same way (“Yes, God Is Our Father,” Blog, June 4). What God...

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Sexism and tyranny

Jul 30, 2018 by

Jane Yoder-Short’s column about the Miss America pageant and the Book of Esther stood out vividly for me (“The Trophy Queen Says ‘No,’ ” July 16). I am appalled at how little we have learned from...

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No longer deserving?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Robert Victor Peters (Letters & Comments, June 4) sounds like a Mennonite we need in Indiana, one we are sorry to see leaving us. Maybe he has what it takes to lead our response to our government’s...

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Waiting for decades

Jul 16, 2018 by

At 93, I’m trying to wrap up some of my end-of-life business. One of my efforts over the last 40 years was to try to understand the LGBTQ issue and how it fits into our church dialogue and theological...

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Where’s the evidence?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Christians have come up with various ways to determine who truly is a part of Christ’s kingdom and who may be a pretender. Gene C. Rhodes would accept the testimony of a trusted pastor (Letters &...

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‘Father’ is holy

Jul 2, 2018 by

Tim Bentch is right on (“Yes, God Is Our Father,” Blog, June 4). Names in the Bible for God and people have special meaning. Jesus said when you pray, say, “Our Father, who art in heaven, holy is your...

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Whose bar is low?

Jul 2, 2018 by

John Pow­ell (A Voice from the Center, June 4) described a Doonesbury comic strip by Garry Tru­deau depicting a pastor giving an announcement about what evangelicals currently view as sin: “The list of...

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Summit questions

Jul 2, 2018 by

It is unfortunate that President Trump’s pronouncement to end military exercises with South Korea was not included in the agreement he and the North Korean leader signed June 12. Steps to be taken by both...

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Elkhart does resist

Jun 18, 2018 by

Robert Victor Peters, whose June 4 letter shames Mennonites in Elkhart County, Ind. [for not protesting a rally for President Trump], seems to need an excuse to leave the Mennonite church, but his reasoning is...

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Unfair to Trump

Jun 18, 2018 by

In “Setting a Low Bar” (June 4), John Powell accuses President Trump of being immoral. It all started with the Access Hollywood video. Progressive Mennonites ignore the fact that a pastor met with Trump...

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‘Father’ cherished

Jun 18, 2018 by

I would like to give a standing ovation to Tim Bentch for “Yes, God Is Our Father” (June 4). Having a distant father, with whom I never had a conversation, calling God “Father” was difficult. But over...

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Such little change

Jun 4, 2018 by

My enjoyment of competing in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this spring was undermined by the heavy presence of U.S. Army and Marine Corps recruiting. This is a continuation of the militarization of...

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