Love supreme, supreme danger

Feb 18, 2019 by

I’ve been catching up on the literature of Christian Peacemaker Teams. But today when I read their publications, I more often read the adjective “Christian” in reference to problematic nouns like...

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The politics of minority self-destruction: a call to surrender

Feb 14, 2019 by

Fellow Christians: In a nation undergoing historic dimensions of polarization and partisan self-destruction, our hour has again come to navigate our perennial struggle over citizenship responsibilities —...

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Do you belong to an ethnicity or a church?

Feb 11, 2019 by

The accusation was stripped of niceties. “The only way your churches can stay afloat is by having large families. Few people are joining you from other backgrounds.” The Amish and Mennonites, this unnamed...

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Mennonite food

Feb 8, 2019 by

I grew up on a small mixed farm on the prairies, with a large garden that provided all of our fruits and vegetables for a year as well as providing some produce for market. I definitely took it for granted...

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God multiplies our efforts

Feb 6, 2019 by and

“The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail” I Kings 17:14. Ana Hinojosa remembers growing up on the Texas-Mexico border near Brownsville in the late 1980s. Her family’s house...

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Reasons we support same-sex marriage — or not

Feb 1, 2019 by

1. Our nation recognizes two men or two women committing themselves in marriage. We who follow Jesus often resist the norms of society around us. Nonetheless, our surrounding culture impacts us: we...

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A Civil War question: Can one hate both slavery and war equally?

Jan 30, 2019 by

I have long been interested in a quite challenging moral issue: How can we overcome evil without adding to the evil? This issue is central to the philosophy of nonviolence, and I think it should be central to...

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The wisdom from above is peaceable

Jan 28, 2019 by

Sometimes my head hurts with the clamor of the world around me. Social media is full of arguing — people are angry and opinionated and sure that everyone else is wrong. Families divide over differences,...

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Meyer, Mennonites and the prosperity gospel

Jan 25, 2019 by

“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I’ve learned about faith, but it got out of balance.” — Televangelist Joyce Meyer, in a recent Instagram...

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On fallibility

Jan 23, 2019 by

Earlier this month, I started watching the Polish Netflix original series 1983, which imagines a future where the Iron Curtain is still standing and Poland is a police state. I’m only a few episodes in, so...

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You know, “love one another” really is enough

Jan 18, 2019 by

The 4th century theologian Jerome tells a story about the Apostle John. John was old and frail, unable to walk, so his disciples would carry him into the gathering of believers on the Lord’s Day. Every week...

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From a focus on anger to a focus on love

Jan 16, 2019 by

Anyone who knows me or sees me, knows me as that activist human who is very political. In the fall I finished an internship at the Indiana Democratic Party that I had since the beginning of June. I have loved...

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Where is Christianity headed? The view from 2019

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Two decades into the 21st century, the world is becoming more religious, not less. Faith from diverse traditions grows as population expands throughout most of the Global South. Last year, nearly 50 million...

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Who am I?

Jan 11, 2019 by

It was in a little church near St. Marys, Ont., that my wife and I were baptized and became members of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. After the service, the minister who had baptized us advised us to...

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Celebrating 50 years in Canada

Jan 9, 2019 by

Sam Steiner and I went out for lunch in early November to celebrate his 50th anniversary of arriving in Canada as a Vietnam-era draft resister. Back in Indiana, I had been part of what we would now call an...

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What I learned about prayer this year

Jan 7, 2019 by

Prayer has been an increasingly greater focus in my life the past two years and has been linked to my New Year’s resolutions (Well, actually the word I choose each year. Yes, I joined the one-word...

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When we are looking for “life,” what do we mean?

Jan 4, 2019 by

If you ask someone getting ready to change churches why they’re doing it, somewhere in the conversation they will likely bring up the idea of life. They’re looking for more life. Everyone’s looking for...

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German-Americans and World War I: A cautionary tale

Dec 26, 2018 by

My great uncle, Henry A. Reimer, was nearly lynched during World War I. He was a German-speaking immigrant from Russia living in Collinsville, Okla., and had been arrested and jailed on suspicions he was...

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Light emerges out of darkness

Dec 20, 2018 by

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through...

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All we need to know

Dec 18, 2018 by

I don’t know if I have ever been able to convincingly say that I love God. So, I don’t really say it very much. I don’t not love him, but to claim that I love him has always felt like a stretch to me....

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Waiting for God to act

Dec 12, 2018 by

Advent is for waiting. As we tell the story of redemption through the church calendar we begin our telling of the sacred story, not with doing, not with celebrating, but with waiting — waiting for God to...

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Choose your own journey

Dec 10, 2018 by

I find myself at the Nanjing Normal University track most mornings, when the urge to run somehow overrides my desire to continue sleeping. Or maybe it’s just the sounds of 6 a.m. construction outside my...

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Yes, I still want to see Heaven . . .

Dec 7, 2018 by

Each Sunday, at the close of his sermons, Pastor Blake would open the doors of the church. To the uninitiated, that did not mean that it was finally time to leave and go home to Sunday dinner. Rather, that was...

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At the Intersection: Psalm 131

Dec 5, 2018 by

There are people who take to driving as naturally as walking. For me as a wide-eyed 14-year-old with a newly minted learner’s permit, it seemed a feat akin to flying. I simply couldn’t understand how...

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Drinking coffee with Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society

Dec 3, 2018 by

Over the Nov. 15-17 weekend, I listened to no less than 30 academic presentations in a space of 2.5 days as Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society hosted scholars and speakers for the annual...

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