Watson: False god of guns

Nov 20, 2017 by

I always worried about the day a mass shooting happened in a church. As a seminary student, immersed full-time in applying Jesus’ teachings to the modern world, I knew the church could not escape it for very...

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An Anabaptist response to gun violence

Nov 14, 2017 by

There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting business-as-usual...

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Pastors: On guns for safety, ‘do not be conformed’

Nov 13, 2017 by and

About 35 miles from where 26 people were killed in a Nov. 5 shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, members of San Antonio Mennonite Church participated in a vigil mourning the deaths a...

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Fighting gun violence like cancer

Nov 7, 2017 by

What if this amendment had become a part of our Constitution? “A well regulated tobacco industry, being necessary to the prosperity of a free State, the right of the people to grow and use nicotine...

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Yoder-Short: Too much bloodshed

Nov 6, 2017 by

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I must live among the tents of Kedar. Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. — Psalm...

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A white man with guns

Oct 23, 2017 by

Was it terrorism? No. The shooter was white. The mass shooting that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds at an Oct. 1 country music concert in Las Vegas revealed much about American racial...

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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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Root out violence

Jul 18, 2016 by

Guns don’t kill people, people do. What a crazy argument, and yet with an element of truth. Of course guns don’t kill people. But neither do cars, and yet we regulate them and those who drive them. Guns...

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Thoughts and prayers

Jul 4, 2016 by

Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims and their loved ones after the horrific shooting that took place June 12 at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Thoughts and prayers. That should do it. What,...

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Ministry among Chicago shootings

Jun 30, 2016 by

Last week I wrote about one of our staff who has lived with a very real fear of being shot for more than 30 years. This past Sunday one of our Discerners in Chicago lived that reality. Michael (Mikey), our...

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Killing our guns

Jun 28, 2016 by

It was late Saturday night, or Pentecost-Eve (May 14) as I like to call it. All week I had been on the lookout for a modern-day Pentecost story — evidence that, as Molly T. Marshall writes, the Spirit of God...

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Choice already made

Apr 11, 2016 by

Mennonites used to be concerned about what vocations were and weren’t appropriate for followers of Jesus Christ. But now it seems most anything goes. When a member of a Mennonite congregation chose to work...

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Hesston casts out fear

Mar 7, 2016 by

Christian writer and activist Shane Claiborne came to Hesston, Kan., Feb. 19-21 to say that love casts out fear and that followers of Jesus should live in proximity to people’s pain. Four days later, when a...

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Sorrow and comfort in Hesston after shootings

Feb 29, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite congregations and the wider community turned to God and each other for comfort and healing Feb. 28. They gathered on Sunday morning and at an evening community worship service three...

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4 dead in shootings at Hesston, Kan., business

Feb 26, 2016 by and

This story has been updated with additional details. Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a series of shootings Feb. 25 in Newton and Hesston, Kan., that culminated at a Mennonite-owned...

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How one church reacted to the threat of violence

Jan 12, 2016 by

Pastor Larry Wright was leading a New Year’s Eve prayer service in a downtown Fayetteville, N.C., church when a man entered the building armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle. We’ve heard these stories...

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5 tips for living relatively safely without owning a gun

Oct 13, 2015 by

I’ve always wondered why the gun lobby seems to keep sending us the message that a gun is the best way to ensure personal and home safety. Strike that — I know why they send the message: the gun lobby...

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Against gun violence

Sep 14, 2015 by

John Powell’s “Death by Favorite Weapon” is a powerful reminder that we must resurrect our pacifist beliefs and become a strong Mennonite witness against gun violence. Mennonite Church USA has spent so...

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Death by favorite weapon

Aug 31, 2015 by

The issue of gun ownership has entered the national conversation again after mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., and Lafayette, La. While the murders in Charleston were clearly racial, mental health issues...

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Police brutality and Christian pacifist silence

Jul 29, 2015 by

When it comes right down to it, Anabaptist Christians can never justify siding with the police over a civilian. We are pacifist. It is a fundamental tenet of our faith that there is always an alternative to...

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More than rending the Confederate flag

Jul 7, 2015 by

Tearing cloth is not enough to show you are sad; let your heart be broken. — Joel 2:13 In the Jewish tradition, as part of the period of mourning after a death, the mourner wears a torn piece of clothing....

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The only logical conclusion after Charleston

Jun 19, 2015 by

There have been far too many mass shootings in America. I still remember watching Columbine and Virginia Tech unfold on the news. I remember crying over Sandyhook, shock over the movie theater shooting,...

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Loved — no matter what

Mar 11, 2015 by

I’d like to think that my kids, ages 11 and 14, would come to me and tell me anything. I would like to believe that there is no problem too big, too difficult or too painful for us to discuss. We’ve talked...

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After a sad day in Ottawa

Oct 27, 2014 by

Like many Canadians I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city. I resonate with the voices that lament the sense of loss for our peaceful context. I share the...

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Stop the domestic arms race

Sep 29, 2014 by

After the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., people from every sector of society began, again, discussing the issue of race. Some vehemently denied race was the incident’s operative...

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