Profitic justice

Sep 16, 2019 by

Adam Smith has never been confused with Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount has nothing good to say about the rich and powerful. But, now and again, capitalist free markets understand the pursuit of justice makes...

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Ways to stop mass shootings

Sep 16, 2019 by

Once again there are mass shootings. Once again, nothing will be done. People offer thoughts and prayers but have become numb to the violence. We’re looking at this all wrong. We should be focusing on three...

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Powell: The battle is not won

Sep 16, 2019 by

The white-supremacy attacks in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, have communities on edge. We wonder where the next attacks will happen. Is our community next? These mass murders, incited by the national...

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Washington Witness: Men and guns: Jesus vs. toxicity

Aug 19, 2019 by

Mass shootings get most of the attention in the conversation around gun violence. The numbers are indeed staggering. There have been more than 2,000 mass shootings in the United States since the Sandy Hook...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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Filmmaker returns to Kansas for short film about guns

Aug 5, 2019 by and

Concerned about gun violence in her Chicago neighborhood and a breakdown in public discourse on a national level, Emily Railsback did what any filmmaker would do. She went to Hillsboro, Kan., to make a...

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Book review: Beating Guns

Jul 8, 2019 by

What do you get when you cross a Mennonite pastor with a blacksmith? Someone who forges weapons into plowshares! But this is no joke. A new movement is afoot in the United States to turn guns into garden...

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Mother reclaims life after son’s murder

May 6, 2019 by and

CHICAGO — Corniki Bornds sits on the sofa in her living room, where reminders of her son, her only child, adorn the walls and shelves. Just around the corner is his room, a place she couldn’t enter for six...

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Dad’s gun

Apr 12, 2019 by

On a recent Tuesday, I stood in a church parking lot as a blacksmith sawed my father’s old rifle into pieces. Those pieces would be placed in a forge, then hammered and twisted into a garden tool. Whatever...

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An attack on one, an attack on all

Apr 1, 2019 by

People of faith applied the balm of prayer to the disease of hate after a gunman murdered 50 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Christians, Jews and others prayed with and for...

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No need for sticker shock

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Weapons have no place in churches, whether they are carried by someone concerned with harm or with self-defense. Followers of the God of peace are right to indicate this in a visible way. It is true that a...

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Churches discuss response to lethal threats

Nov 5, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — As Mennonites gathered in a church basement Oct. 27 to discuss how they might respond to a shooter in their church, cell phones buzzed with news of a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The...

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Where is Trump’s trust?

Mar 26, 2018 by

Attempting to comfort survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre and families of the victims, President Trump quoted 2 Kings 20:5: “I have heard your prayers; I have seen your tears; indeed, I will...

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Going nuts with guns

Mar 12, 2018 by

Our country is going nuts with guns, and the rest of the world is laughing at us. After every mass shooting, we hide behind the Second Amendment, mental illness, vigils and prayers. This has not worked. I...

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After prayers, let’s talk about change

Feb 20, 2018 by

Waking up Feb. 15 to news of yet another school shooting — 17 dead, with more than 50 injured — I could only groan. After all, massacres have become so commonplace in the United States (it’s the...

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No, Christian pacifists are not cowards

May 18, 2017 by

I am a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, which naturally means I am a Christian pacifist. I refuse to use violence against my enemies or intentionally harm them in any way, even if they harm me. I will love my...

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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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Passive bystanders facilitate hate

Jun 14, 2016 by

Things whose existence is not morally possible cannot exist. — Old German Proverb In his book States of Denial, Stanley Coheni writes about the deadly triangle of perpetrator, victim and bystander. In...

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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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Being prepared

Feb 29, 2016 by

In “How One Church Faced a Gun Threat” (Blog, Feb. 1), both Pastor Larry Wright and writer Chuck McKnight show their lack of understanding of training and people trained in self-defense. There are at least...

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Peacemaking: The quiet in the land speak up

Jan 6, 2016 by

Recent events have reminded me that being a peacemaker involves more than just being “the quiet in the land.” It also involves speaking up. In summary, here is the three-part story I’m telling in this...

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Current events shape Bible exams at Bethany Christian Schools

Jan 4, 2016 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, unwittingly helped write the final exam this semester for students in several Bible classes at Bethany Christian Schools. Bible teacher Dale...

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Gun madness

Oct 24, 2015 by

Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted because they are no more… — Jeremiah 31:15-17 Blessed are the peacemakers. — Matthew 5:1-11 After the shooting of children in a...

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