Paradox explained

Aug 13, 2018 by

The vexing paradox that Wil­bur Entz mentions (Letters & Comments, July 16) of people either being conservative and believing the scriptures are without error, or liberal and rejecting war, may not be...

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Understanding ‘seekers’

Jun 18, 2018 by

An interesting group of people who can be found at conservative Anabaptist events are those who have no Mennonite (or Brethren or Hutterite or Amish) background but want to join a plain church group. They’re...

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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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Ancient obedience

Apr 23, 2018 by

In The Great Emergence, Phyllis Tickle writes that about every 500 years the church undergoes a massive transformation. It “cleans out its attic and has a giant rummage sale.” If that’s true, it could...

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Slavery not blessed

Mar 26, 2018 by

I strongly reject the contention of Mark Noll in The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (as echoed by John Longhurst in his Feb. 26 column, “Lessons from a Long-Ago Conflict”), that “Christian” white...

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Can we love our enemies and kill them?

Mar 1, 2018 by

Jesus told us to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). This has been the cornerstone of Christian pacifist theology — whether you look at the early church, or the Anabaptists or the early Pentecostals, they all...

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Book review: ‘Cross Vision’

Jan 29, 2018 by

Why does violence happen? How can we make sense of it? How can we prevent it? These questions are by no means particular to Christians. A leading reason people distance themselves from Christianity is it...

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Fake-news theology

Jan 29, 2018 by

According to J. Denny Weaver (“On Jerusalem, Leave Prophecy Out of It,” Blog, Jan. 1), biblical prophecy is only meant for the audience the prophet was speaking to. Never mind that Isaiah’s prophecy of...

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Prophecy doesn’t justify Trump’s Jerusalem statement

Dec 14, 2017 by

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, the evangelist Pat Robertson welcomed President Trump’s announcement about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “It’s absolutely crucial in terms of...

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Peaceful warrior

Nov 20, 2017 by

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”...

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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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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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Longhurst: The end of ‘Sola Scriptura’?

Oct 23, 2017 by

Here in Canada, as in the United States, one of the biggest issues dividing the church is homosexuality. Churches are leaving Mennonite Church Canada over it. In British Columbia, I was told that as many as a...

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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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Stupid and cheerful

Sep 7, 2017 by

At the Poor People’s Campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Rev. William Barber told us about a map of the United States. A map that shows what states have the highest rates of poverty, poorest health care access,...

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Discerning what is of God

Aug 14, 2017 by

The leadership of Conservative Mennonite Conference recently demonstrated boldness and humility in upholding their interpretation of Scripture while rejecting extrabiblical traditions that limit women’s...

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Good name, bad belief

Jul 17, 2017 by

My family and I recently left the Mennonite church, not to get away from the name but to find a more biblically based theology. I thought we would always be Mennonite. We had no interest in getting away from...

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Book review: ‘What is the Bible?’

Jul 3, 2017 by

I wonder if Rob Bell went to Hesston College. Actually, I know he didn’t, but his new book, What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel...

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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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Book review: ‘God Without Violence’

May 8, 2017 by

J. Denny Weaver’s latest book is popular theology written in response to a question asked by a child: Why did God kill his own son? The target audience for God Without Violence is those troubled by a...

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Opinion: Scripture, opinion, experience

Apr 24, 2017 by

I read with interest Harold N. Miller’s thoughtful opinion piece, “Scripture Overrules Experience” (March 27). I support his statement that an argument from experience alone on the LGBT issue “is not...

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God’s voice, Scripture’s inspiration

Apr 17, 2017 by

After writing my series on hearing God’s voice, I got some pushback from readers who thought that I was undermining the importance of Scripture. In the series, I describe God’s voice as something that...

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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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