God, the divorcé

Aug 10, 2016 by

“I observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce”  — Jeremiah 3:8a “This is what the Lord says: Where is...

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Return to the past?

Feb 29, 2016 by

Recent letters in MWR call for authority and accountability in the church while bemoaning the advocacy of beliefs and behaviors previously seen as sin. A look at the 1950s may shed some light on such calls:...

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Whose lifestyle?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mike Combs rightly denounces the term “homosexual life­style” (Letters, March 16). I don’t know what writers mean when they use that term, but I am certain it is negative. Consider the following...

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Learning to leave well

Mar 27, 2015 by

We need to find a new way to talk about the congregations that are leaving Mennonite Church USA: They’re not leaving us; we’re getting divorced. Leaving is something you do after four OK Cupid dates. But...

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It’s the culture war

Feb 2, 2015 by

D.R. Yoder’s parable, “If Faced With This Choice, What Would You Do?” (Letters, Jan. 5), seems to be based on the assumption that those who tolerate churches that welcome LGBT people would not extend the...

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Time for a divorce ceremony?

Dec 18, 2014 by

I’ve been to a lot of weddings in my life. But I’ve only been to one divorce ceremony. It happened a few years ago. I was visiting a Mennonite church in Pennsylvania. Near the end of the service the pastor...

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It’s not like divorce

Sep 29, 2014 by

Some say the church used to be against divorce, but today we accept it. Wrong. Article 19 of the Mennonite Church USA Confession of Faith says, “We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between...

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I’m weary of blessing same-faith divorces

Jun 4, 2014 by

You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation. . . . Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay...

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