Gift to the church

Oct 10, 2016 by

Your columnists are a gift to the church; all their pieces are worth the reading. In particular, in the Sept. 12 issue, Sarah Kehr­berg’s “Why Do I Believe?” moved me with its sentiment and wisdom....

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Christian voter guide

Oct 10, 2016 by

Alarms are sounding in the media and national leadership, both from the right and the left, in regard to qualifications for the presidency. There is an eerie feeling of history repeating itself. It is...

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No ‘naked Anabaptists’

Sep 26, 2016 by

I appreciate Joe Miller’s effort in cross-cultural learning (“U.K. Reveals Anabaptism Without Baggage,” Sept. 12). I think he is a bit naive to believe he discovered in England a “naked Anabaptism.”...

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Why not ‘liberal’?

Sep 26, 2016 by

You seem to have dropped “liberal” from your vocabulary, favoring “progressive” instead. That is a mistake if you want to broaden your audience among the array of Mennonite groups. “Progress”...

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Not merely physical

Sep 26, 2016 by

Would redirecting energy away from conflict, as the Sept. 12 editorial suggests, be helped by refocusing our minds from thinking about sexuality with a human point of view to the record of Scripture? Then we...

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Flood confirmation

Sep 12, 2016 by

Regarding “Flood Pseudoscience?” (Letters & Comments, Aug. 1): Jesus himself confirmed Noah, the ark and the flood as historical fact (Matt. 24:38-41, Luke 17:26-27). Jesus also gave the mocking...

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World’s infiltration

Sep 12, 2016 by

Has the world infiltrated the mainline Mennonite church? The church should be a place for anyone to go to for the redemption of our souls, not to justify our sins. It is grief beyond measure to witness the...

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Bearing good fruit

Sep 12, 2016 by

Thank you for “Gay and Welcome” by JB Miller (At the Table, Aug. 29). I affirm that the gospel soil at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship in Sarasota, Fla., is producing good fruit. That is the criteria that...

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Politically aloof

Aug 29, 2016 by

The Amish have never become involved in politics nor voted, and it’s not likely they will now (“Ads Introduce Trump to the Amish,” Aug. 1). They are aloof from the affairs of government. Newspaper ads...

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Cozy with culture

Aug 29, 2016 by

I appreciated immensely “Under the Sky, We Stumble Along” by Ryan Dueck (Blog, Aug. 1) and his suggestion for the need of “exegeting our own culture.” It made me think of something I read in Exclusion...

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Questions for voters

Aug 29, 2016 by

According to a Pew poll through July (“Do Pastors Wield Political Influence?,” Aug. 15), nearly four-fifths of evangelicals planned to vote for Donald Trump in November. I am surprised and concerned....

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Value of diversity

Aug 15, 2016 by

I appreciated “Different Assignments” (Editorial, July 18). Rachel Stella points us to an understanding of the church that transcends our denominational orientations. Anabaptists are rooted in a...

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Genesis genocide

Aug 15, 2016 by

I was disappointed that heirs of the Anabaptist vision would acknowledge the ancient flood story of genocide with a photo and article (“Ark Replicates Genesis,” July 18). To recognize the Amish and...

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Hate the sin

Aug 15, 2016 by

John Longhurst (North of the 49th, July 18) tells of his friend James Toews’ desire for the church to “move past the statement to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin’.” Toews goes on to say, “Jesus...

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Deceptive on Trump

Aug 1, 2016 by

“On Not Being Anti-Trump” (Blog, June 20) by Levi Miller and Daniel Miller was somewhat deceiving because they made no attempt to identify who Donald Trump really is. He has made so many hateful, divisive...

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Why they hate us

Aug 1, 2016 by

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that 7,180 people have been killed by U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan — and this does not include those killed by drone attacks...

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Blessed to share

Aug 1, 2016 by

Thanks for all the excellent columns that appear in MWR. They are always thoughtful and well-written. The recent Living Simply column, “Do-Gooder’s Dilemma” by Celeste Kennel-Shank (July 18), was no...

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Trump in Holmes County

Jul 18, 2016 by

Levi Miller and Daniel Miller note “considerable positive interest” in the candidacy of Donald Trump for president among some Amish and Mennonites in their region of Ohio (“On Not Being Anti-Trump,”...

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Root out violence

Jul 18, 2016 by

Guns don’t kill people, people do. What a crazy argument, and yet with an element of truth. Of course guns don’t kill people. But neither do cars, and yet we regulate them and those who drive them. Guns...

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Better than a ‘lesser evil’

Jul 18, 2016 by

The nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pose a problem for me as an Anabaptist Christian. Clinton is a war hawk who voted for the war in Iraq and ended two years of relative peace when her State...

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Scripture in context

Jul 4, 2016 by

When an outstanding young pastor like Isaac Villegas has his credentials suspended (“MC USA Board Member Resigns After Same-Sex Wedding,” June 6) by Virginia Mennonite Conference and feels pressure to...

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Try something different

Jul 4, 2016 by

Perhaps those who are trying to change the Mennonite church to conform to their idea of how church should be should try something different. How about starting new churches for those affirming of the...

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Nothing in common

Jul 4, 2016 by

I was amazed that Levi Miller and Daniel Miller (“On Not Being Anti-Trump,” June 20) allege Donald Trump has a lot in common with Amish and Mennonite traditions and issues. How does deporting 11 million...

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The violence of shame

Jun 20, 2016 by

I call the members of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board who counseled Villegas to resign to stand accountable before the church. Such action amounts to institutional violence and attempted public...

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Not our own authority

Jun 20, 2016 by

I have read MWR most of my adult life. Only in recent decades have these pages reported serious disagreement on appropriate sexual behavior. Opposite positions cannot both be right. Regardless of how we feel...

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