I pity the fool

Aug 18, 2017 by

Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., it’s easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the streets, under...

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Bible: Breaking a thousand-year tradition

Aug 14, 2017 by

I’m thinking of a fable where a wolf is accepted into lamb society. As Aesop tells it, the wolf in sheep’s clothing is a fraud. But Saul’s transformation is real. The sheep hunter becomes a sheep. Think...

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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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Forgiveness shows the light of Christ in Egypt

May 2, 2017 by

The Middle East has experienced much darkness during the last years. But a light is drawing attention. Christians make up between 15-20 percent of the population of Egypt; most are members of the ancient...

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In need of amazing grace

Mar 13, 2017 by

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, Was blind, but now I see. I am not the biggest fan of Christian music, but this song always manages to stir...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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Conference seeks faith formation for all ages

Oct 17, 2016 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Do Christians have the resources to pass on their faith to their children? The Deep Faith conference was organized to help promote faith formation for all ages. More than 100 people from...

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Kraybill: The two Joshuas of Jericho

Oct 10, 2016 by

Anyone who grieves the loss of life through war in Syria today might also lament the slaughter that took place more than 3,000 years ago at Jericho when Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Canaan....

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10 years after Nickel Mines school killings, the work of grief remains

Oct 3, 2016 by and

BART TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The West Nickel Mines School is long gone. Two of the survivors are now married. Several of the couples who lost their daughters have had more children. The shooting 10 years ago in a...

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A good Christian

May 2, 2016 by

Most of us who fall into the “Christian” category of humanity walk around with at least some conception of a “good Christian” in our heads. It might not be a very good conception. It might not be very...

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Bible: Jesus, the discomforter

Apr 25, 2016 by

Jesus certainly makes us uncomfortable in this selection from Luke 17. Verses 1-10 are a collection of Jesus’ sayings. First is a warning not to cause one of these “little ones” to stumble. “Little...

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Hesston shooting victim recovering

Mar 29, 2016 by and

Adam Miller was back at work March 10 at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan. It was the first day the lawnmower plant was operating after four people died and more than a dozen were injured in a Feb. 25...

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Time to forgive Judas?

Mar 14, 2016 by

On the morning Jesus was condemned to die, Judas took his own life. His death makes me sad, since suicide always leaves a devastating wound among family and friends. Such a violent end for Judas sobers me,...

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Book review: ‘Discovering Forgiveness’

Feb 29, 2016 by

Forgiveness is complicated. It is “an emerging, circular, interactive, complex process,” writes Larry A. Dunn in Discovering Forgiveness: Pathways Through Injury, Apology and Healing. Even if you feel...

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Bible: No need to wait to wipe the slate clean

Feb 15, 2016 by

Growing up, the first day of school was the most sacred day on my annual calendar. Whatever regrets, whatever mistakes had marked the previous year were suddenly rendered gloriously irrelevant...

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‘Classic injustice collectors’

Feb 5, 2016 by

It was an ordinary Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, to be exact. I was straightening up my kitchen, doing meds and trying to make some resemblance of order on the counter where everything gets stashed, when a...

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Let’s talk about sin

Oct 1, 2015 by

I have all but ousted the word “sin” from my Christian lexicon, referring instead to the more palatable sounding, “brokenness,” or the human “problem.” As a bilingual, cross-cultural worker, and a...

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Worship service confronts convention’s wounds

Jul 6, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The emotional wounds inflicted by discourse and decisions in the Mennonite Church USA convention delegate hall were the focus of a contemplative and repentant evening worship service on...

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After the rooster

Mar 2, 2015 by

I’ve had a lot of chances to talk to Peter lately. He shows up in my life under various names. As Samantha, who abandoned her children a lifetime ago in favor of drugs. As Connor, who sits in a prison cell,...

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Take a break to pray

Sep 15, 2014 by

What if God’s people took a sabbatical from the issues that divide us? What if we took a break for a year and focused our energy on God’s power to change us and the world? What if during that year we...

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Way of forgiveness

Sep 15, 2014 by

Are we forgetting the Jesus way, so at odds with the Old Testament spirit of vindictive justice? Jesus proclaimed repentance and forgiveness. He literally commanded that, in order for me to be forgiven my...

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Interchurch confessing

Sep 15, 2014 by

What do Mennonites say when Lutherans ask whether we see them as fully part of the body of Christ? The question was posed during informal conversations at the edge of meetings in recent years. The Mennonite...

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