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Washington Witness: The Senate’s first bill

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Washington Witness: The Senate’s first bill

Traditionally, the first bill of a congressional session has special significance. In the midst of a government shutdown, the Senate decided to focus its first bill on a package of four Middle East-related provisions. The S. 1. bill took up nearly a month of the Senate’s attention before passing on Feb. 5 with 77 senators voting in favor. By far the provision that has received the most attention is the Combating BDS Act. The bill would give U.S. states the green light to enact legislation against the boycott, divestment and sanctions...

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Andres: Rules to live by

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Andres: Rules to live by

I recently started watching NCIS, a television drama now in its 16th season. In the series, a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigate crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The team is led by Jethro Gibbs, a no-nonsense former Marine who follows a series of 51 tenets known as Gibbs’ Rules. Gibbs’ Rules guide both his professional and personal life. They range from practical principles of behavior — “Never let suspects stay together” and “Always wear gloves to a crime scene” —...

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Gospel of conquest

By on Mar 4, 2019 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 2 comments

The gospel of conquest goes by many names: Manifest Destiny. White supremacy. American exceptionalism. Within the past several years, Mennonites have learned to know it as the Doctrine of Discovery. As we have begun to understand this 500-year-old heresy, the scales have fallen from our eyes. We now see more clearly how white Europeans and their descendants have distorted the Christian faith to dehumanize indigenous people and attempt to justify genocide. The Doctrine of Discovery is a concept used by “Chris­tian” governments — and...

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King: Ordinary oatmeal

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King: Ordinary oatmeal

When I was a child I liked cooked oatmeal. When I grew up, to echo the Apostle Paul, I put away childish things. Every now and then my spouse, Joan, an oatmeal fan, would urge me to consider the possibility that Paul wasn’t speaking in 1 Corinthians 13 of putting away oatmeal. I resisted. Then the cholesterol test. Not terrible, but high-ish. Still, the test unsettled me. I watched Joan cook oatmeal. Hmm. Worth trying? Even as a grownup, should I take the advice we give children, try it you’ll like it? Yes. Wow. Steel-cut oatmeal. With...

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A better way to vote

By on Mar 4, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 0 comments

Tired of voting for the lesser of two evils? Is an election where most people’s preferred candidate loses a good thing? The number of candidates vying for the U.S. presidency means most voters will likely end up disappointed because their preferred candidate is eliminated. Ranked-choice voting, or RCV, could help fix that problem. Voters rank the candidates in the order of their preference. The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and the second-choice candidate on those ballots now receives that vote. The elimination continues...

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Bible: You’ve already been called home

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Bible: You’ve already been called home

When the State of Illinois decided to expand I-74 just north of our family farmstead in a multiyear spate of civil engineering angioplasty, my father decided to move our house. This was no small feat. Our house was a half-century-old brick two-story that had to be jacked and hoisted and girdered on a massive flatbed trailer by a team of men who specialized in house-moving. We didn’t get to ride along in our rooms. I remember holding my mother’s hand as she hugged my little brother to her hip. We watched in the sun and dust as the truck...

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Book review: The new gods of technology

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Book review: The new gods of technology

It’s staggering to think how human communication technologies have changed from the time of the telegraph to the internet. What’s more staggering is to consider how things will change over the next 150 years. Plus, the acceleration of change seems exponential. Is not the brave new world of the future already manifesting itself in our present times? Douglas Estes has given a lot of thought to these issues. In Braving the Future: Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech, he engages the way new technologies pose challenges to both...

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Conservative counter

By on Mar 4, 2019 in Latest Issue, Letters | 2 comments

An editorial appealed for great­er participation in discussions engendered by writings in MWR (“What Readers Say,” Jan. 7). You may have a point about the predominance of conservative males, but I see this as a counter to the views presented by the publication. The conservative voice — a defense of traditional biblical standards — seems like a small, largely futile, resistance to MWR’s official stance. For example, I was horrified by the reporting on Mennonite participation in the 2017 women’s march in Washington — a vulgar...

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