Book review: ‘A Midwife in Amish Country’

Sep 17, 2018 by

In her excellent 2013 study of the Amish romance, Thrill of the Chaste, Valerie Weaver-Zercher decisively argues that books about the Amish are predominantly written for an evangelical Christian audience. The...

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Miller: You have faith enough to pray

Aug 27, 2018 by

A book called Prayer, by Ole Hallesby — a Norwegian Christian who wrote in the early 1900s — changed my understanding of that basic-to-our-humanity, up-reaching thing we call prayer. I will share in my own...

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How to pray for the people you love

Aug 7, 2018 by

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that’s what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years...

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Press on the upward way

Jul 30, 2018 by

Because church life has its ups and downs, we can be sure that some who study Mennonite Church USA’s new Pathways curriculum are looking for traction to higher ground. Whether they’ve felt moderate stress...

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Enduring the cross, despising the shame

Jul 16, 2018 by

If I were to try to convince someone to become a Christian, shame is not a quality I would advertise. I would probably talk about the wonderful sense of being set free from guilt, the comforting presence of a...

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To beat addiction, path to freedom is spiritual

Jul 16, 2018 by and

For Paul Fehr, addiction to drugs began with rejection, but an encounter with Christ helped him overcome that bondage. Now he’s the executive director of Operation 6:12, a Christian residential program in...

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Faith the size of a wheat seed

Jul 12, 2018 by

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). I love that verse. Such a good reminder to stop, chill out, and allow God to move. And I believe that he can and does move, I say devotedly as the sun...

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Beyond our fears

Jun 18, 2018 by

Anxiety affects nearly one-third of the U.S. population, making it the most common mental-health disorder. Youth particularly feel its crushing weight. Record numbers of college students are seeking treatment...

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Becoming the children of God

May 1, 2018 by

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” — 1 John 3:1 We are the children of God. For a lot of us today, this phrase, “children of...

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Choosing a good death

Apr 20, 2018 by

Both of my parents were able to die the way they wanted to: at home surrounded by family. I hope this is the way I am able to die as well. Unfortunately, medical technology, combined with our own fearful...

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Kraybill: Let me sleep till Christ returns

Apr 9, 2018 by

When my earthly sojourn ends, please say that I died, not that I “passed.” The latter happens to footballs and plates of food. Aversion to death makes our culture prefer euphemism, but followers of Jesus...

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How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

Apr 2, 2018 by

How do we know Jesus rose from the dead? We discussed this question at Followers of Jesus Church Atlanta as part of our Easter celebration. How would you answer it? The resurrection is the basis for our...

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Resurrection reality

Mar 26, 2018 by

As we enter the Easter season, we’re celebrating not merely a feel-good story but an actual event in history. In the person of Jesus, God entered our space and time as one of us. He lived, died and returned...

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Miller: The most courageous woman

Mar 12, 2018 by

I met her at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, two and a half hours from my home in rural Rusk County, Minn. She was tall and dark and beautiful. She wore a bandana that covered her hair completely and gave...

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Book review: ‘The Fog of Faith’

Feb 12, 2018 by

In early January, Oprah Winfrey gave an astounding speech at The Golden Globe awards, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement and declaring “a new day is on the horizon” for women who...

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Bible: Faith’s evidence, and tongues that burn

Jan 29, 2018 by

What good is it if you say you have faith but do not have works? James’ question in chapter 2 doesn’t so much pit faith and works against each other, as two opposing beliefs about the path to salvation, as...

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Bible: From fire to favor

Jan 1, 2018 by

Dan. 1:8-21 centers on dietary practices as markers of identity. The opening chapter of the book introduces Daniel and his companions in exile and sets up the challenges they will face, trying to live...

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What faith cannot do

Oct 30, 2017 by

Faith is a miracle worker. It moves mountains and heals the sick and brings about the impossible. Faith is the evidence of a world unseen. But did you know that there is something faith cannot do? The past few...

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Bible: Channeling the zeal of Phinehas

Oct 23, 2017 by

There may be nothing more unsettling to the (post)­mod­ern mind than zeal. Faith’s OK, many suppose, so long as it’s small and well-behaved, trotted out on a short leash at the odd moments — like birth...

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Equipped for an unknown giant

Oct 10, 2017 by

The boy was the youngest of his family, with seven brothers older. One of his jobs as a youngster and teenager was tending to his father’s sheep. It had to be a lonely job with no one to talk to, spending...

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Bible: No faith without struggle

Oct 9, 2017 by

When we visit family in Lima, Peru, that cement city hustling under a concrete sky, we’re always a little taken aback by the traffic. Though our surprise could be chalked up to country-mouse sensibilities,...

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Which mansion?

Oct 9, 2017 by

I grew up Mennonite but raised my family in the Church of the Brethren because it was closer to my home. I am glad I have belonged to a peace church all my life, but it seems to me the Mennonites and Brethren...

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What is ‘third way’?

Oct 9, 2017 by

Growing up as a baptized Mennonite, I have always been confused by the claim of Mennonite Church USA to be applying God’s Word the “third way.” Does this mean there is God’s Word, the world’s words...

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3 things I love about being an Anabaptist

Sep 18, 2017 by

When you belong somewhere, you are home. That’s why I appreciate not only my Anabaptist heritage, but my current experience as well. I think Anabaptists have a special niche that many other church groups do...

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What is Christian hope?

Aug 28, 2017 by

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul — Heb. 6:19 Once, I received an email at my church account that claimed to be from a TV network. According to the email, they were seeking Mennonite...

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