When bubbles burst

Aug 5, 2019 by

We all live in bubbles. That truth hit home this week as I caught up with my friend Eric at Panera Bread. He described in his travel last fall along the “justice road” of the Civil Rights movement of the...

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A formula for atheism

Oct 12, 2018 by

A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had...

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Book review: ‘EMU: A Century of Countercultural Education’

Apr 23, 2018 by

Like all religious groups, Mennonites have always wrestled with how to maintain basic group beliefs and practices while still inhabiting a particular cultural context. In Christian parlance, they’ve...

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Fundamentally flawed: How Mennonites failed to be faithful

Oct 23, 2017 by

I grew up believing my Mennonite religious tradition originated as a part of the Anabaptist movement. I would’ve been incredulous if someone had told me then that our theological underpinnings originated...

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Opinion: Exorcising the ghosts of fundamentalism

May 22, 2017 by

I often encounter Christians who once were fundamentalists but now distance themselves from that kind of faith, which they found to be spiritually oppressive. Often, this distancing has to do with the...

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Why splits happen

Jan 4, 2016 by

To your Dec. 21 editorial, “Old Way Still Applies,” I would add that the unnamed elephant in the room in the behavior of Lancaster Mennonite Conference is the shadow of Christian fundamentalism. The sad...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

Apr 13, 2015 by

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the...

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What kind of Bible?

Mar 30, 2015 by

This book is neither a Bible commentary nor a Bible study. It is a personal reflection based on a life of pastoral ministry and social service. The author is now serving as pastor of two small Presbyterian...

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Opinion: The Gnostics are back

Jan 19, 2015 by

The God-mission Jesus taught has always faced competing understandings. Within 100 years of Jesus’ resurrection, a powerful belief system known as Gnosticism developed within Christianity and threatened its...

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