Making sense of the messy Bible

Jun 11, 2018 by

I’m convinced that if somebody simply rewrote books of the Bible in modern language and published it under a different name, most Christian bookstores would refuse to carry it because of all the violence and...

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When I dislike things in the Bible

Jun 4, 2018 by

“Women should be silent.” “Cover your head.” “Wives, submit to your husbands.” “Take up your cross” “Share in suffering.” “You will experience persecution.” There’s a lot of...

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Dark deception

May 21, 2018 by

The leaders and educators of Mennonite Church USA and other church communities are increasingly adopting worldly views of compassion, love, peace and power. The powers of darkness are attempting to merge...

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Should a church have rules?

Mar 19, 2018 by

Growing up, I was mostly very compliant with rules of any sort. I didn’t just accept everything at face value — I often turned things over in my mind and tried to make sense of them — but I didn’t...

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Longhurst: Lessons from a long-ago conflict

Feb 26, 2018 by

Although I am Canadian, I’m a bit of a U.S. Civil War buff. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by that terrible war — how it started, the military strategies and campaigns, the lives of ordinary...

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A sinking ship

Feb 26, 2018 by

The Martyrs Mirror picture of Dirk Willems rescuing his pursuer came to mind as I pondered the tragic state of Mennonite Church USA. I saw the church in the position of Dirk’s pursuer, helpless and drowning,...

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Where does AMBS stand?

Nov 16, 2017 by

I am often asked, “Where does AMBS stand [on this or that issue]?” My response, with some elaboration, is, “We stand on the Word of God.” The question is reaching for a declaration about conviction....

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Only one Jesus

Nov 6, 2017 by

John Longhurst asks us to “ponder the idea that Jesus is speaking today through people who are open to hearing Jesus speak through the Holy Spirit in rich, transparent relationships with other people who are...

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My denomination continues to swing left

Jul 19, 2017 by

We delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando met for an initial four-hour session and then a concluding one-hour session. In between those sessions, a number of non-delegates joined us...

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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

May 22, 2017 by

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the...

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Value of experience?

Apr 10, 2017 by

I agree with Harold N. Miller (“Scripture Overrules Experience,” March 27) that we need to take Scripture most seriously in times of ethical discernment. But I wonder what he would have done had he been...

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Dream for the church

Mar 27, 2017 by

I have a dream of seeing the church embodying the love of Christ in all its relationships, being hospitable, compassionate and having friendships with all, regardless of their sexual orientation or level of...

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Opinion: Scripture overrules experience

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many in our church are sure we should fully include those in same-sex marriages, blessing their covenants and credentialing their pastoral gifts. I would like to join them. Life is simpler when we move with...

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The Bible’s place

Mar 27, 2017 by

In letters to the editor, I notice that no matter which side of an issue one takes, there seems to be an agreement that the final arbiter is the Bible. We think that if we would simply read the Bible...

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