Mennonite identity amid the Fresno fiasco

Sep 12, 2018 by

A lot of talk has been happening in the Mennonite Twitter world (which is a pretty weird overlap of two very different realms) in the past few days about changes in a master’s program at Fresno Pacific...

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Watson: Discomfort empowers

Jun 18, 2018 by

Every so often I find myself humming a hymn I heard several years ago: I found God in myself, I found God in myself, and I loved her fiercely, oh, I loved her fiercely. The song is both breathtaking and...

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God as Father

May 21, 2018 by

I’ve noticed more often lately that some of our Mennonite preachers and writers avoid calling God “Father.” Is this theologically correct? Is it wise? Do we want our children and newcomers to the church...

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What kind of God?

May 7, 2018 by

Listening to discussions on pastoral leadership and church divisions, it sounds like we want strong leaders who lead in our preferred way and preach sermons that prooftext our theology. But I hear Jesus...

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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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Book review: ‘Cross Vision’

Jan 29, 2018 by

Why does violence happen? How can we make sense of it? How can we prevent it? These questions are by no means particular to Christians. A leading reason people distance themselves from Christianity is it...

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Peaceful warrior

Nov 20, 2017 by

In Yahweh Is a Warrior: The Theology of Warfare in Ancient Israel (Herald Press, 1980), Millard C. Lind refutes Charlie Kraybill (“Yahweh Has Always Been a Peacenik,” Oct. 23). “Yahweh is a warrior”...

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Communities of nonviolence

Oct 17, 2017 by

Nonviolence is the decision to live without committing homicidal violence. It is comparable to the familiar choices to live without committing rape, or slavery or robbery. The decision to live without killing...

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Why would Jesus talk about hell?

Sep 13, 2017 by

Jesus talked about hell more than all the other Bible authors combined. Hell is mentioned explicitly 23 times in the New Testament, and in 16 of those times, Jesus is the one who utters the words. He...

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Could we do better?

Aug 28, 2017 by

Like B. Harry Dyck (“Opting to Be Humanist,” Letters & Comments, Aug. 14), I have struggled at times with the way God runs the universe. I could expand Dyck’s list of troubling issues. But...

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Book review: ‘God Without Violence’

May 8, 2017 by

J. Denny Weaver’s latest book is popular theology written in response to a question asked by a child: Why did God kill his own son? The target audience for God Without Violence is those troubled by a...

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God on God’s terms

Apr 13, 2017 by

As human beings, we tend to want God on our own terms. We want what we want from God when we want it. We want God to validate our assumptions, our preferences, our view of how the world works or ought to work....

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Holy fire and human flailing

Mar 3, 2017 by

Lord Jesus, please hear the heart of your handmaiden. I read this morning in Leviticus 10 of the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. As is the case every single time I read it, my heart aches for Aaron...

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God changes his mind, because love is adapting

Sep 7, 2016 by

For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes. In theological terms, we’d call this immutability — God is the same yesterday as...

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