Before you punch a Nazi: A new Anabaptist response to white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017 by

There isn’t much to be surprised by in Charlottesville. There’s much to grieve, but none of it should be a surprise. All the elements of Saturday’s events have been in headlines for months, or years, and...

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Youth convention challenged to love enemies

Jul 5, 2017 by , and

ORLANDO, Fla. — A powerful testimony of loving enemies made Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention attendees shed tears and give a standing ovation Wednesday evening. Via live video, John and Michele Sharp of...

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Showalter: Christianity amid the new nationalisms

Jul 3, 2017 by

Around the globe, nationalism is resurgent to a level not seen since World War II. There are many examples: Brexit in Britain, Narendra Modi in India, Xi Jinping in China, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines,...

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How to pray for your enemies

May 23, 2017 by

What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who...

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Walk the second mile

Jan 30, 2017 by

The 2016 election results have renewed interest in laws to protect religious freedom. Among them are the First Amendment Defense Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Their ostensible purpose is to...

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If ISIS killed your child

Sep 12, 2016 by

I recently read a blog post by a U.S. Army chaplain, who talks about his struggle with Jesus’ call to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In a military context, he regularly finds himself...

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In the Dirk Willems story, who represents Christ?

Jan 4, 2016 by

In my office I have an Anabaptist icon. In some ways, it’s a piece of artwork that shouldn’t exist. Anabaptists and iconography have not traditionally been very good bedfellows. In spite of this fact,...

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In shadow of death, Nigerians rely on Bible, prayer

Oct 12, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing death every day in their ministry...

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What’s so complicated about ‘love your enemies’?

Jun 30, 2014 by

If there’s one thing I don’t understand about modern Christianity in America, it’s this: The offensiveness of enemy love. If one takes a public stand against, say, most any sin you can think of, one is...

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I don’t love this religion anymore

Jun 10, 2014 by

I call myself “formerly fundie,” but let’s be real: it doesn’t get more “formerly fundie” than leaving Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. However, that’s exactly what Zach Phelps-Roper did...

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