Opinion: Bridging the differences

Nov 6, 2017 by and

For the broader Mennonite community, the work of Mennonite Central Committee often looks like relief sale auctions, Ten Thousand Villages stores and quilt blitzes. And all carry out the mission of MCC: a...

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Kraybill: Taking a knee for Jesus

Oct 23, 2017 by

American football players protesting racism recently took a knee instead of standing at attention during performances of the U.S. national anthem, triggering a Twitter storm from the president and a cloudburst...

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Powell: Surviving the flood

Jan 16, 2017 by

Several days after Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, religious leaders in Buffalo, N.Y., invited me to a meeting that explored ways to address the fear gripping their city. Noting the...

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Doing something in an out-of-control world

Mar 14, 2016 by

A month ago I borrowed a chain saw and pruned our church trees. If you want to know why, I need to tell you about my job. I work Saturday night to Thursday night, which means that my Friday night is your...

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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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Is pacifism enough?

Aug 31, 2015 by

There is a small village called Gangjeong on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the largest island of Korea. The island is in the middle of China and Japan. Every year more than 10 million tourists visit this...

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God is not sad

Aug 25, 2015 by

A recent Christian trend was to pray something similar to, “Lord, let my heart break for the things that break your heart.” It was usually a prayer asking for increased empathy toward the poor,...

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Jesus valued social justice and so should you

Aug 20, 2015 by

Jesus was a social justice hero. He boldly spoke out against inequality, helped the oppressed, condemned the oppressor and embraced the alienated. Like today, many were drawn to His causes and could identify...

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Beginning Advent with lament

Dec 9, 2014 by

A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah — weeping and mourning unrestrained, Rachel weeps for her children, Refusing to be comforted — For they are dead. – Matt. 2:18 I first wrote a longer version of this...

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More than three minutes

Aug 28, 2014 by

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the...

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