Bible: Wisdom proves her worth

Jun 29, 2020 by

Our July lessons highlight Woman Wisdom’s presence beyond Proverbs and into all four Gospels. However, her feminine name changes from the Hebrew hokmah into the Greek sophia, so we can recognize her gracious...

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Religious hypocrisy

Jun 29, 2020 by

President Trump’s recent action using tear gas on citizens so that he could have a picture of himself holding a Bible (“Scripture Sacrilege,” Editorial, June 15) was a classic example of God vs. empire....

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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Bible: Dame Folly is the wrong girl

Jun 15, 2020 by

In Proverbs 7, Boy meets Girl. Bad mistake. It’s the wrong Girl. Dame Folly is alluring, but the Boy doesn’t recognize the danger. He “is like a bird rushing into a snare. Not knowing it will cost him...

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Bible: Who listens when Wisdom speaks?

Jun 1, 2020 by

I don’t know how many teenage boys will read this column, but these texts are addressed to young men your age! Even though the NRSV says, “hear, my child . . .” (Prov. 1:8; 2:1), in this case the word...

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Bible: Steadfast prophet, faithless wife

May 18, 2020 by

When Hosea prophesied at the sunset of the northern kingdom of Israel, he cast a vision for the people’s future by recalling their past with God. It’s been all downhill since Jeroboam II: king after king...

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Bible: We reject the bunker mentality

May 4, 2020 by

Drive south out of our community toward Wichita and you’ll spot an advertisement for a bunker. It’s not a billboard, but a display of the real thing: a full-size corrugated steel hidey-hole. It looks like...

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Bible: The rider on a pale horse

Apr 20, 2020 by

So this is how the world ends: not with a bang or a whimper but with the sound of your last square of toilet paper going down the tubes. God’s people have been here before (sort of) — enemies from within...

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Bible: Nevertheless, God rescues

Apr 6, 2020 by

I almost drowned in the ocean once. I consider myself a strong swimmer, and that afternoon I confidently waded out from the beach and slipped under the waves. Except that those waves began to batter me as a...

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Bible: Resurrection changes everything

Mar 23, 2020 by

When the miners in the collapsed Copiapó mine in Chile were finally rescued and shuttled to safety through three miles of stone on Oct. 13, 2010, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera was there to greet them....

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Bible: The trumpet call to holiness

Mar 9, 2020 by

We were driving through the night in a pickup truck somewhere in the deserts of northwest Mexico. After an evening church gathering, I and several other hermanos were headed home, bumping along in the back as...

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Bible: Scaling the watchtower

Feb 24, 2020 by

Lake Titicaca, impossibly wide and deep and high above the sea, fills an immense mountain trough in the Andes along the Peru-Bolivia border. The lake is so big that it encompasses rocky islands. Strangely...

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Bible: Forgive us our debts

Feb 10, 2020 by

In the Gospel of Matthew, the account of Jesus’ teaching on prayer is found right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount. One way to understand the sermon is to see it as a description of the character of...

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Bible: Temptations of kings — and Jesus

Jan 27, 2020 by

The connection between the passages from 1 Kings in our previous lesson and Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness might not be obvious. But what if we reflect on the meaning of the title used of Jesus in...

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Yoder-Short: Misreading Bathsheba

Jan 27, 2020 by

New analysis indicates that when King David saw Bathsheba, she wasn’t bathing nude but “was actually heading out the door to run some errands while wearing leggings as pants, causing the king to...

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Bible: The clash of king and covenant

Jan 13, 2020 by

The eighth chapter of 1 Kings may capture the ­moment in the Old Testament where the two great cov­enants — Davidic and Mosaic — come together with the most harmony. Solomon, David’s successor as...

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Same is good, too

Jan 13, 2020 by

Much of our problem in staying unified as Anabaptists (and as humans) is our unwillingness to embrace both tradition and change. Regarding the Dec. 23 editorial, “Different Is Good,” I could just as easily...

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The Word of God in all its pages

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Recently I received a letter from a child I sponsor who lives in a small village half a world away. He told me his family are goat herders and his favorite food is maize. He asked me what I like to eat and...

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Bible: Houses for a king and for God

Dec 23, 2019 by

The place of the temple in biblical faith is complicated — with emphases on the temple as the God-ordained center for worship contrasted with sharp critiques from prophets that the temple helped empower...

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Bible: David’s prayer, Mary’s song

Dec 9, 2019 by

In the first three lessons of this quarter, we looked at how 1 Chronicles 15-17 presents kingship and the temple in ancient Israel. Now we turn to a story that seems to stand in contrast with David and...

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Book review: Speaking of God

Nov 27, 2019 by

Speaking of God is the task of all Christians. A lot has been said, and the story of this conversation is not a simple one. But Anthony G. Siegrist has done it well. In Speaking of God: An Essential...

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Bible: The chronicler’s story of hope

Nov 27, 2019 by

First and Second Chronicles are pretty obscure for many Christians. The Common Lectionary that many Protestant groups use for worship covers most of the Bible in its three-year cycle but does not use a single...

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Bible: Exiles, aliens and six virtues

Nov 13, 2019 by

Both texts for Nov. 17 and 24 are from letters attributed to the Apostle Peter. Both take the gospel of Jesus from its Jewish origins into different ethnic contexts later in the first century. Both emphasize...

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Why do most Christians reject pacifism?

Oct 30, 2019 by

There are at least two major sets of reasons why most Christians reject pacifism: biblical arguments and general objections. And there are answers to all of them. Biblical arguments Jesus said, “I did not...

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Bible: On holy ground with the Thessalonians

Oct 28, 2019 by

My friend Robin loves mystery stories, as do I. But when she starts one, she always reads the ending first so she won’t worry about things ending badly. Me, I like the suspense! Our text for Nov. 3 reminds...

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