Stretching the boundaries

Sep 28, 2015 by

Peter saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down. . . . In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, “Get up, Peter,...

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Jesus valued social justice and so should you

Aug 20, 2015 by

Jesus was a social justice hero. He boldly spoke out against inequality, helped the oppressed, condemned the oppressor and embraced the alienated. Like today, many were drawn to His causes and could identify...

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How to speak the truth in love

May 29, 2015 by

Have you ever found yourself unable to speak your truth in an anxious conversation? You’re not alone. We might hold back speaking because we’re afraid what someone else might think. Or perhaps we hold back...

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Short letters about church fights

Apr 13, 2015 by

When did you last read 2 John? The shortest document in our New Testament begins in the typical form of a Greco-Roman letter: the sender, the receiver and the greeting. However, the greeting is specifically...

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The Bible is not a book

Mar 19, 2015 by

So often we hear, “The Bible says . . .” What exactly does that mean? Especially when topics are controversial, the conversation stopper is often something like, “The Bible is clear about that.” But...

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Church splits will never resolve the traditionalist, progressive divide

Feb 20, 2015 by

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit . . . until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God . . . ” —...

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Spiritual anchors in conflicted times

Jan 15, 2015 by

In these days of church conflict I am reminded of the story of my father-in-law, Rollin, age 94 when he died. In the last few years his balance was compromised, life was confusing, and little made sense:...

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Goshen students witness hope in Palestine

Aug 18, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — When Sam Carlson walked to work in the morning, he stepped over hundreds of tear gas canisters, stun grenades and smoke bombs. Sometimes he could feel tear gas lingering in the air. Carlson, a...

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Could conformity be enforced?

Apr 28, 2014 by

The Mennonite Church, after being immersed in turmoil for decades, was barreling toward a potentially catastrophic showdown. With implications for unity, discipline, polity, identity and biblical...

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To love and resist

Mar 31, 2014 by

This is how I think about the way of the cross. Compassion, curiosity, humility and grace linked with courageous opposition to sin, injustice and evil. Jesus held these things together. That is a rare...

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Sexuality debate is a gift from God

Mar 6, 2014 by

I’ve long said I wish as a church we could open our hands to receive the irreconcilable dilemma we’re faced with around sexual orientation, as a gift from God. Am I out of my mind to say this? Maybe. But...

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