No Tomahawk missiles in the kingdom of God

Apr 12, 2017 by

This post is a sermon (audio version here) given April 9, 2017 at Washington City Church of the Brethren. Our gospel reading this morning is about Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, just days before...

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Powell: Freedom from anxiety is right around the corner

Apr 10, 2017 by

A Feb. 15 Harris poll for the American Psychological Association found Americans haven’t experienced this much stress in many years. According to the poll, 66 percent of participants are stressed about the...

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Warring impulses

Mar 27, 2017 by

War in an age of terrorism reveals the limited effectiveness of armed force. Yet the belief that higher military spending buys more national security remains strong. President Trump’s proposal to add $54...

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Dear President Trump: Provoking God?

Mar 7, 2017 by

Dear President Trump: Lent is a season to reflect upon and repent of all in our lives that is out of sync. The Daily Lectionary readings for today are about provoking. The people provoke God to anger because...

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Powell: Pray, resist, act

Feb 27, 2017 by

Alternative facts promoted as truth have become a hallmark of President Trump’s administration. Sociologist and former senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you...

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Kriss: Talking politics in Indonesia

Feb 13, 2017 by

I spent the two weeks preceding President Trump’s inauguration in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. Conversation about the U.S. presidential transition was lively. Some Indonesian...

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Sanctuary moves outside church walls

Feb 6, 2017 by and

The teach-in was supposed to happen at a local library. But when President Trump entered office with executive actions that heightened fears among the immigrant community, a larger venue was needed. Columbus...

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MCC U.S. statement on immigrants and refugees

Jan 27, 2017 by and

Do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. (Zechariah 7:10) Mennonite Central Committee U.S. decries the executive actions on...

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Prayer for President Donald Trump

Jan 20, 2017 by

I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new president and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of...

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Powell: Surviving the flood

Jan 16, 2017 by

Several days after Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, religious leaders in Buffalo, N.Y., invited me to a meeting that explored ways to address the fear gripping their city. Noting the...

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Beware the culture war

Jan 16, 2017 by

Since the U.S. presidential election, tensions have heightened rather than calmed. Polarizing and offensive statements by President-elect Donald Trump have made many Americans feel threatened for their...

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Looking for light: Why I’m marching on Washington

Jan 12, 2017 by

I will awake in the darkness. I will bundle in warm layers to brave the bleak midwinter. I will leave my sleeping husband and three children and board a bus before sunrise. As the dawn breaks on Jan. 21, I...

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Resisting the age of Trump with the love of Jesus

Dec 6, 2016 by

Denial is giving way to harsh reality. This is really happening. Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States for the next four years. A Trump presidency threatens the safety and well-being...

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Places of refuge

Dec 5, 2016 by

Thank you for your thoughtful and challenging editorial, “Worthy of Our Roles? Ministry of Reconciliation Is Everyone’s Duty Now” (Nov. 21). This is an appropriate response to an election leaving the...

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A word to white men

Dec 5, 2016 by

As a white Mennonite man, I am deeply disturbed by my fellow WMM who voted for Donald Trump. I consider his discriminatory rhetoric hate speech. Voting for Trump reflects a disconnect from ethical Mennonite...

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Evangelicals and the U.S. election

Nov 21, 2016 by

One thing about the recent U.S. presidential election: Nobody can say religion didn’t matter. By now the story is very familiar; 81 percent of white evangelical voters supported President-elect Donald...

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Worthy of our roles?

Nov 21, 2016 by

Conceding the presidency to Donald Trump on Nov. 9, Hillary Clinton quoted the Apostle Paul: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”...

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Biased attack

Nov 21, 2016 by

As I read “Rape Culture Exposed” (Editorial, Oct. 24), I was sure I was going to read about Bill Clinton’s escapades, which included a long-term affair and many other proven sexual assaults, all with...

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Life after Trump — what next?

Nov 14, 2016 by

On the evening of Nov. 8, 2016, millions (perhaps even billions) of people flocked around their TV sets to watch the history of America unfold right before their eyes. During and well after the election,...

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Get across the table

Nov 11, 2016 by

It was fascinating to watch the three-minute video clip where U.S. President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump met the media after spending an hour together Nov. 10 at the White House. It wasn’t...

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Candidates’ character

Nov 7, 2016 by

I was appalled at your editorial on Donald Trump (“Rape Culture Exposed,” Oct. 24), to the exclusion of Hillary Clinton’s lies, deceit and cover-ups. We are not electing a church leader. The candidates...

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Sins on both sides

Nov 7, 2016 by

After reading about Trump’s sins, I scanned the paper to find any of Clinton’s sins, but there were none. I thought a Mennonite publication would at least mention her approval of abortions. I like the idea...

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Why, in the end, I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton

Nov 4, 2016 by

Few of the people I know, even those who strongly supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, are agonizing about their presidential vote next week. It is clear to just about everyone in my circles, it seems,...

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A conservative Supreme Court won’t end abortion

Oct 26, 2016 by

The U.S. election of 2016 is just a few weeks away (thank you, Jesus). Over the course of this election season, it has been interesting to watch the conservative Christian reaction to Donald Trump. What...

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Abuse is a faith issue

Oct 24, 2016 by

Donald Trump and others may view his boasting about lewd and vile actions against women as just locker-room banter. However, he is talking about sexual assault. Trump’s statements, and those who dismiss his...

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