The things I believe

Aug 30, 2019 by

I believe in the God revealed in the Bible. The great and terrible Almighty and Eternal Creator of all things, who hates all unrighteousness. I believe that he is at the same time loving, merciful and...

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Warning in Scripture

Aug 19, 2019 by

J. Nelson Kraybill’s account of visiting the replica of Noah’s ark in Williamstown, Ky., (“Ark Encounters Modern Science”) was both sobering and hilarious. Imagine “juvenile dino­saurs” on the...

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Weighing inerrancy

Aug 19, 2019 by

Thank you for publishing Ted Grimsrud’s “How I Gained, and Lost, Inerrancy.” I appreciated his pointing out that human doctrines and traditions are often mistakenly promoted as biblical truths rather...

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Losing inerrancy

Jul 19, 2019 by

When I was 17 years old, almost exactly 47 years ago, I made a decision to become a Christian. At the time, my motivation was that I wanted to know the truth. As a thoughtful, idealistic adolescent, I thought...

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What’s infallible?

Apr 1, 2019 by

Several letters in the March 18 issue lament Mennonite Church USA’s loss of a “biblical gospel.” Two writers left the church because the 1995 Confession of Faith doesn’t call the Bible...

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Truth is knowable — his name is Jesus

Aug 20, 2018 by

Our small group met a few days ago and once again enjoyed moments of laughter, food, spiritual discussion and prayer together as we discussed the Gospel of Mark. At one point, we briefly discussed how to...

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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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