Silent on abortion

Dec 9, 2019 by

Thank you, Eldon Claassen, for your Nov. 11 letter condemning the murder of the unborn child. Followers of Jesus Christ must speak out in behalf of those who do not have a voice. The Mennonite church has been...

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Reunion, divisions

Dec 9, 2019 by

As a Franconia Mennonite Conference native, I was deeply gratified to read that the dec­ades-long effort to reconcile with Eastern District Conference will be completed in 2020. When I was born in 1937, the...

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God of war?

Dec 9, 2019 by

Ronald J. Sider’s attempt to rationalize genocide in the Hebrew Scriptures (“Jesus and the Old Testament on Killing,” Nov. 25) is just that, rationalization. Theologian Marcus Borg writes: “The Jewish...

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Interfaith vision

Nov 25, 2019 by

I would like to express my appreciation to Tim Huber for “Mountain Welcome” about the 50th anniversary of the Aspen Chapel in Colorado. This involved a considerable amount of research about the chapel and...

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Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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Immorality of Trumpism killing our planet

Nov 11, 2019 by

Stoesz bravely points out that “the moral darkness of Trumpism . . . is seasoned with unsavory ingredients of immorality, race-hating, mistreatment of children, greed and lawlessness” and notes the anomaly...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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Bewitched

Oct 28, 2019 by

If the Apostle Paul were to write to “evangelicals” (such as Franklin Graham) who seem to find President Trump’s behavior, decisions and values not only tolerable but righteous, perhaps he might say...

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MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Lack of truth defines moral darkness of Trumpism

Oct 14, 2019 by

Donald Trump did not invent Trumpism. He merely exploited it. One hallmark of Trumpism is a lack of truthfulness. Presidents have lied before. My memory only goes back to Frank­lin Roosevelt, who assured the...

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Wider wisdom

Oct 14, 2019 by

Thank you for the breadth and depth of kingdom news in the Sept. 30 MWR. I feel privileged to have been shaped in my upbringing and professional career by a wide range of Anabaptist as well as various other...

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Calling God ‘Father’

Sep 30, 2019 by

God’s personal name, Father, is used less and less in our time. The Immigrant’s Creed (Editorial, Sept. 16) refers to “almighty God,” not “God, the Father almighty,” as in the Apostle’s Creed. In...

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A leader’s offenses

Sep 30, 2019 by

I wish to express my appreciation for J. Nelson Kraybill’s statement (“A political leader’s offenses”): “The silence of American religious leaders in the face of such degradation is doing lasting...

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Shooters’ ideologies

Sep 30, 2019 by

“The Battle Is Not Won” by John Powell (A Voice from the Center, Sept. 16) contained false statements saying that the Ohio and Texas shooters were white supremacists. In fact, the Ohio shooter on his own...

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Ways to stop mass shootings

Sep 16, 2019 by

Once again there are mass shootings. Once again, nothing will be done. People offer thoughts and prayers but have become numb to the violence. We’re looking at this all wrong. We should be focusing on three...

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Evolution utterly deficient in credible evidence

Sep 16, 2019 by

I view Zachary Headings’ search for the compatibility between science and the Bible (“Two-Texts Idea Resolves Science-Faith Quandary,” Sept. 2) as a commendable enterprise, but he seems unaware of the...

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Time is running out

Sep 16, 2019 by

I read MWR looking for stories on the environment, global warming, organic Mennonite farming, saving the planet. These are the spiritual issues I thirst for. Often I don’t find much. But in the Aug. 19...

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Model of preaching

Sep 2, 2019 by

A new pastime has come my way: listening via the internet to a dozen or more sermons a week, the majority from Mennonite Church USA venues. The best of these preachers discovered so far is retiring at the end...

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Model of tolerance

Sep 2, 2019 by

The Western District Conference annual assembly honored several women ordained to ministry some 40 years ago (Editorial, Aug. 19). This was a time when ordination of women was uncommon and controversial....

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Warning in Scripture

Aug 19, 2019 by

J. Nelson Kraybill’s account of visiting the replica of Noah’s ark in Williamstown, Ky., (“Ark Encounters Modern Science”) was both sobering and hilarious. Imagine “juvenile dino­saurs” on the...

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Unique spiritual life

Aug 19, 2019 by

On July 27, about 40 people gathered at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a memorial service for Alice Bauman. Alice had prepared the service, reflecting the spirit of poustinia, the practice of...

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Weighing inerrancy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Thank you for publishing Ted Grimsrud’s “How I Gained, and Lost, Inerrancy.” I appreciated his pointing out that human doctrines and traditions are often mistakenly promoted as biblical truths rather...

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Blessing the weapons

Aug 5, 2019 by

Thank you for the article about the Russian tradition of blessing their military and weapons (World & Faith, July 22). It reminded me that the Russian government is not as free of religion as I am...

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