Fundamentally flawed: How Mennonites failed to be faithful

Oct 23, 2017 by

I grew up believing my Mennonite religious tradition originated as a part of the Anabaptist movement. I would’ve been incredulous if someone had told me then that our theological underpinnings originated...

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Evangelicalism — a modern Christian heresy

Oct 20, 2017 by

As Gnosticism was a Christian movement that was refuted as heresy, evangelicalism is a Christian movement with ideas that go far afield from Jesus, the Gospels and Christian orthodoxy. I have come to this...

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The anti-fascist origins of ‘Judeo-Christian values’

Oct 18, 2017 by

On Oct. 13, President Trump told participants in the Values Voter Summit that “We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.” Now, critics found it hard to take the “Judeo” part...

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Communities of nonviolence

Oct 17, 2017 by

Nonviolence is the decision to live without committing homicidal violence. It is comparable to the familiar choices to live without committing rape, or slavery or robbery. The decision to live without killing...

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Unoriginal sin

Oct 16, 2017 by

As far as sins go, a rich older dude using his power and influence to sexually prey upon young women is about as unoriginal as they come. As long as men and power imbalances and women have been in existence...

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My grandma and Colin Kaepernick

Oct 13, 2017 by

In his op-ed in The New York Times, Chris Reid describes why he and Colin Kaepernick “took a knee” during the national anthem last year. “[M]y faith moved me to take action,” he wrote. “I looked to...

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A positive reading of the New Testament

Oct 12, 2017 by

There are some standard assumptions that Christians tend to have about the Bible — the Old Testament is old, outdated, primitive, problematic, violent and judgmental. And the New Testament is new, fresh,...

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Equipped for an unknown giant

Oct 10, 2017 by

The boy was the youngest of his family, with seven brothers older. One of his jobs as a youngster and teenager was tending to his father’s sheep. It had to be a lonely job with no one to talk to, spending...

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Hospitality and creation

Oct 9, 2017 by

I was recently prompted to remember an important conversation with a friend. This friend identifies “radical hospitality” as an important part of her mission and ministry. By extending and receiving...

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Yahweh Has Always Been a Peacenik

Oct 5, 2017 by

Where did Jesus get his inspiration? From the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, of course. Little of what Jesus said was original with him. His genius was not so much in the substance of his sayings as in...

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MC Canada LGBTQ apology

Oct 4, 2017 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — The current General Board of Mennonite Church Canada has released a confession to LGBTQ people, families and supportive networks for “things done, and not done” during its oversight of...

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Pick a little, talk a little

Oct 3, 2017 by

Today while reading in Genesis something really stuck out to me. When Jacob kissed his father he knew full well he’d be betraying him. It got me thinking about how awful that was! I could never share the...

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Learning to think like Jesus

Sep 28, 2017 by

I’ve been coaching third-/fourth-grade soccer along with another dad this fall. (No, I don’t know what I’m doing — though thankfully, my friend does!) We drill the kids. We scrimmage with the kids. We...

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Why practice spiritual disciplines?

Sep 27, 2017 by

While discipline often has a negative connotation of punishment and rules, discipline can and should be associated with growth — especially when discussing spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines...

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Sparrows are falling

Sep 26, 2017 by

My wife tells me that I shouldn’t read the news because the news makes me sad. Or angry. Or confused or helpless or despairing or apathetic or cynical. Or some toxic combination of all of the above. She’s...

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For God so loved the world

Sep 25, 2017 by

For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son… Like many of us, John 3:16 was the first verse that I memorized. In my early days as a Christian, it spoke to me of God’s love for me as an...

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Screen-free relationships

Sep 21, 2017 by

Last week Makai started kindergarten at the same school where Cody is now in his second year. Though we are very happy with the school — and Cody loves it — a complaint arose for me within Makai’s...

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Is our religion about fixing America?

Sep 20, 2017 by

During the 1980s, I worked as a civil legal aid attorney for indigent men and women. Their legal claims concerned debt relief and access to health care, food and housing. More than any other time in my life,...

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Escaping tyranny of the past

Sep 19, 2017 by

Afew days ago I found myself at an event called “The Art Between Us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: Women shared hard-learned truths in the form of poems or original music. Others, like me, were...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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Human just like us

Sep 15, 2017 by

“I can understand that Jesus is our example in spiritual things, but for day-to-day living, that just doesn’t make any sense.” My friend raised a good point. After all, Jesus never had to deal with high...

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Learning language is a spiritual discipline

Sep 14, 2017 by

We were invited by Swiss friends to eat in an exclusive restaurant during our last weekend in Switzerland. As we got settled around the table, my friend asked me: “Are you comfortable with speaking Swiss...

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Why would Jesus talk about hell?

Sep 13, 2017 by

Jesus talked about hell more than all the other Bible authors combined. Hell is mentioned explicitly 23 times in the New Testament, and in 16 of those times, Jesus is the one who utters the words. He...

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A reflection on ‘Land Sunday’

Sep 12, 2017 by

Note: The “Season of Creation” is a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4). This ecumenical observance...

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Twisting the cross: white supremacy’s deadly theology

Sep 8, 2017 by and

I’m in Tennessee on a little mountain getaway, trying to write a book. As soon as I got down here and settled in, I heard about a white supremacist rally planned for this past weekend, at one of the...

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