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Book review: ‘Two Weeks Every Summer’

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"Two Weeks Every Summer"

Now and then a person comes upon a book that is hard to read precisely because it disturbs the comfort zones of his or her thinking. And yet while entering into the first few pages, a small voice says: You need to keep reading this; you need to let some of your assumptions be challenged. So it is with Two Weeks Every Summer: Fresh Air Children and the Problem of Race in America. Tobin Miller Shearer writes about Fresh Air, the program that since 1877 has brought low-income children out of the city and into the country for two weeks of vacation...

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Bible: Eyes open to wonders

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Meghan Florian

Acts 3:11-21 picks up after a miraculous occurrence: Peter and John pass a beggar, lame from birth, as they go to the temple to pray. He asks them for money, and “Peter looked intently at him, as did John” (3:4). Then Peter tells him, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to get up, and walk. Not only does he walk, he leaps, praising God that he has been healed. It’s a joyous scene. In verse 11, he clings to Peter and John as a shocked crowd gathers. Peter addresses them: Why do you wonder, why do you stare? This man has been healed...

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Freedom to resist

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 2 comments

Some Mennonite colleges play the national anthem before sporting events. Some don’t. Some say it’s a chance to reflect on liberty. Some say it’s a chance to honor those in the military who fight for that liberty. Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., says it is more than a chance. For the roughly 80 percent of students who are athletes, it is a requirement. A policy enacted in early October says if you don’t stand, you don’t play. For some athletes in the U.S., kneeling rather than standing is a statement of protest against racial...

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Civil religion

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

I cannot judge who is Christian and who is not, but when I read “Evangelicals and Trump: From Skepticism to Embrace” (World & Faith, Oct. 23), the question begged to be asked: Are evangelicals still Christian? Evangelicals have become the face of Christianity in America, even calling themselves “values voters,” as if they are the only voters with values. They conflate the gospel of Jesus Christ with American Civil Religion, a body of beliefs that lurks under the surface of our political discourse. ACR is replete with...

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Peaceful warrior

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 4 comments

In Yahweh Is a Warrior: The Theology of Warfare in Ancient Israel (Herald Press, 1980), Millard C. Lind refutes Charlie Kraybill (“Yahweh Has Always Been a Peacenik,” Oct. 23). “Yahweh is a warrior” (Ex. 15:3) is among the earliest writings in the Bible, not “a literary character created by the scribes.” Yahweh greatly preceded them. Lind sees God’s victory over Egypt’s army as the founding event of Israel’s existence. There was no human action or battle. God would fight for them; they only needed to be still (Ex. 14:14). In...

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Mennonites in Argentina celebrate centennial, witness

By and on Nov 20, 2017 in Latest Issue, News | 1 comment

Mario Snyder speaks to several hundred Mennonites from across Argentina at festivities marking the 100th anniversary of Mennonite witness in the country. The celebration was at Puerto Madero, where the first missionaries landed in 1917. — J. Nelson Kraybill/MWC

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Performing before hundreds of Mennonites and passersby at a downtown park Sept. 16, a drama troupe from the Mennonite church in Villa Adelina mimed challenges and struggles facing youth: violence, drugs, promiscuity, greed and death itself. Representing Argentinian youth, actor Laura Burgos sometimes seemed mesmerized as actors impersonated threats, but she also sought to escape their grasp. A Christ figure in white, played by Diego Gonzalez, rescued her from malice, and came alongside to teach elegant dance...

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Watson: False god of guns

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Watson: Gathering the Stones | 1 comment

Hillary Watson

I always worried about the day a mass shooting happened in a church. As a seminary student, immersed full-time in applying Jesus’ teachings to the modern world, I knew the church could not escape it for very much longer. Perversely, I wondered if our increased security in schools has driven shooters to find new targets. I knew the church’s designation as sacred space would not last in the mind of the shooter, and I knew I would have to face it as a pastor. What would I tell my congregation, I wondered, when this public health crisis...

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Washington Witness: Hope disrupting hostility

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Columns, Latest Issue, Various authors: Washington Witness | 0 comments

Charissa Zehr

For years, a wall of isolation between the United States and North Korea has been steadily building. The Korean War never officially ended, and it has been followed by decades of economic sanctions and frozen diplomatic channels. An executive order issued by President Trump in August outlined travel restrictions that limit U.S. citizens from visiting North Korea — one more layer of bricks in the symbolic wall between our two countries. But despite the escalation of tensions between leaders, it is important to highlight some cracks in this...

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King: 18.6 gallons

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Columns, King: Unseen Hands, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Michael A. King

When the vertigo hits, I fear it may be a stroke like the one that traumatized an uncle. I break the airport security I’ve just cleared. The doctor cheerfully says it’s just BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). Common as people get older. “Well, I was headed to Montana. Can I fly?” “Sure. People may think you’re having a stroke, but you won’t be.” So I fly, though forced to look only at the floor when walking. As Joan picks me up in Bozeman, the vertigo fades. After her next work day I’m happy to drive us to her...

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Care for the planet

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Fire season in California was worse than ever. We packed a couple of bags with essentials. Chickens and the cats would have to fend for themselves if windswept fire blasted through our redwoods and homes. For­ests were burning. Charred chimneys and car hulks were all that remained in major parts of California cities. We prayed for rain, while those in the eastern United States prayed for an end to horrendous rainstorms. Just this year, along with the most devastating fires in history, there have been thousands of years worth of apocalyptic...

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