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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Waiting for Advent

Nov 28, 2018 by

I’ve discovered there are two kinds of people in the world, and it’s one of the deep social divides polarizing the world. On the one hand are the people who put up Christmas trees and decorations on Nov....

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We can become one again

Nov 26, 2018 by and

Only when Babylon’s 70 years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. – Jer. 29:10 Just after the Korean War in the 1950s, Hyung Gon Lee was a...

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Some other ways to talk about Indians this Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2018 by

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How do you talk about it with your children? Many of us learned a story about Pilgrims and Indians sharing a happy meal of New World foods — turkey and cranberries and...

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Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

Nov 16, 2018 by

“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up...

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One year in: A Sanctuary reflection

Nov 14, 2018 by

Oct. 2 was the one year anniversary of Edith in Sanctuary in our Columbus Mennonite Church building. The press continues to tell her story sympathetically, like THIS article in The Guardian, and THIS one in...

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“Djagalah Anak Kambing Koe” (“Tend My Lambs”)

Nov 12, 2018 by and

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events organized by Mennonite World Conference’s Faith and Life Commission to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. This series...

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Samaritan’s Purse and the Parable of the Good Muslim

Nov 9, 2018 by

I’m always dismayed when I hear yet another example of the widespread ignorance and prejudice against Islam in America.  But I’m particularly upset when that misinformation comes from Christian religious...

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Hutterite heirloom seeds – A harvest of memories

Nov 7, 2018 by

“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” (Gen. 8:22). On a Hutterite colony, typically one couple is in charge of the vegetable...

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Statement on shooting at Tree of Life synagogue

Nov 5, 2018 by

Throughout this year a group of us within Mennonite Church USA has been meeting to discuss Mennonite and Jewish relations. We are pastors, scholars and laypeople. Some of us work for Mennonite agencies and...

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What Amish have to teach us

Oct 31, 2018 by

I live in Lancaster County, Pa., home to one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the world. My work brings me into regular contact with the Amish. I have come to believe that one of today’s notable...

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Commemoration at the Presidio

Oct 26, 2018 by

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to speak in San Francisco at the event, Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the peaceful sit-down by 27 Army...

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The waste of love

Oct 23, 2018 by

I wake up with a dark hole of emptiness eating through my chest, and it takes me a second to realize why. My little girl is gone. The child that I loved from the minute I set eyes on her is gone. I still...

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From sharing to testimony

Oct 19, 2018 by

As a young adult I was part of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and learned to write a three-minute testimony as a way of sharing my faith with other people. What was my life like before coming to Christ?...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

Oct 17, 2018 by

Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been...

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Lost and found

Oct 15, 2018 by

We love boundaries. We put them up all the time. Our countries are not the only things in life that are divided by borders. These boundaries may help us define who we are, but they also can lead us to assume...

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A formula for atheism

Oct 12, 2018 by

A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had...

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A civil rights reunion

Oct 10, 2018 by

While on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., J. Lawrence Burkholder participated in an integration effort on March 31, 1964, in Saint Augustine, Fla., which made headlines in newspapers...

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Returning to our commitments

Oct 8, 2018 by

In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and...

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Show mercy like Jesus

Oct 5, 2018 by

A common perception is that Christians lack compassion, humility and kindness. Fair or unfair, the impression has stuck that we in the church often resemble the biblical Pharisees. One commentator refers to...

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A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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I am the weaker brother

Oct 1, 2018 by

When we believe we are right about something, how do we behave? How do we treat those with whom we disagree? I’m not talking about issues of sin, but what of disputable matters — issues that are not very...

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