Kraybill: You are a city set on a hill

Aug 10, 2020 by

Amid pandemic, with national and ecclesial cultures facing up to systemic racism, I hear Jesus speak to the church: Let your example and witness be bold! What will the world see? You cannot hide. When Jesus...

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There’s always some dude on a horse

Jul 20, 2020 by

During a trip to Portugal, we were strolling around Lisbon when we walked past the statue of a Portuguese general. This military hero from long ago was astride a horse, with reins in one hand and a sword in...

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Bible: Wisdom proves her worth

Jun 29, 2020 by

Our July lessons highlight Woman Wisdom’s presence beyond Proverbs and into all four Gospels. However, her feminine name changes from the Hebrew hokmah into the Greek sophia, so we can recognize her gracious...

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Love doesn’t cancel anger at injustice

Jun 10, 2020 by

Amid the recent events ­surrounding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the latest fatal violence against African Americans, Mennonite Church USA joins in mourning and lament. We lament that...

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Yoder-Short: Jesus the joker

Jun 1, 2020 by

Have you tried any tasty camel recipes? In this time of physical distancing, people are doing more experimental cooking. I have yet to try a camel roast, but I did read that carefulness is required, or the...

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True evangelicalism?

Mar 9, 2020 by

I question some of the assertions Stephen Kriss seems to make in “Claiming a Truer Evangelical Faith” (Feb. 24). I disavow the segment of right-wing evangelicalism that has distorted or abandoned some of...

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Indigenous believers in Ecuador seek Anabaptist identity

Mar 2, 2020 by and

Clever Mashiant and Sofia Gualinga, Shuar indigenous leaders in Ecuador’s Amazon region, asked mission workers Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer, “How can we become Mennonites?” The question arose after they...

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Loved enough to be good

Feb 10, 2020 by

A Mennonite bishop once pointed out to me there was an area where Jesus didn’t send his disciples. In Acts 1:8, when Jesus told his disciples they would be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and...

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Powell: This year, a silent revolution

Jan 27, 2020 by

I marvel at the revolutionary and transforming work of ­Jesus. He was passionate, ­direct and God-directed. Religious and secular power brokers considered him a threat because he changed the world by...

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The temptation of political power

Jan 20, 2020 by

Of the brutal Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is supposed to have commented: “He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” This quote sums up the dominant political...

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Clothes and wounds

Jan 6, 2020 by

Often when I revisit a familiar biblical story, something new emerges. Sometimes that new thing is a simple truth, other times it’s a detail that I simply overlooked as if it wasn’t important. This...

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The beauty of paradox

Dec 30, 2019 by

Why do Christians have such difficulty reaching agreement? The answer may lie in the very nature of God and the gospel. Our challenge is to embrace a God of mystery who is also relational and trustworthy. This...

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The Word of God in all its pages

Dec 23, 2019 by and

Recently I received a letter from a child I sponsor who lives in a small village half a world away. He told me his family are goat herders and his favorite food is maize. He asked me what I like to eat and...

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God of war?

Dec 9, 2019 by

Ronald J. Sider’s attempt to rationalize genocide in the Hebrew Scriptures (“Jesus and the Old Testament on Killing,” Nov. 25) is just that, rationalization. Theologian Marcus Borg writes: “The Jewish...

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Bible: David’s prayer, Mary’s song

Dec 9, 2019 by

In the first three lessons of this quarter, we looked at how 1 Chronicles 15-17 presents kingship and the temple in ancient Israel. Now we turn to a story that seems to stand in contrast with David and...

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Why do most Christians reject pacifism?

Oct 30, 2019 by

There are at least two major sets of reasons why most Christians reject pacifism: biblical arguments and general objections. And there are answers to all of them. Biblical arguments Jesus said, “I did not...

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Create peace

Oct 22, 2019 by

In Matthew’s story of Jesus’ arrest, the most relevant part for “creating peace” is obviously when one of the disciples pulls out his sword and starts swinging. Then Jesus says: “Put your sword back...

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Real shepherd experience

Oct 21, 2019 by

Facebook told me the estate sale would have primitives. Several days later, Facebook added “cinnamon rolls.” I would be there. I don’t need any more stuff, primitive or not. I definitely don’t need...

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Who was I to hinder God?

Oct 16, 2019 by

Cornelius and Peter lived in separate worlds. Left to their own devices, they would have stayed separate. But, as told in Acts 10-11, God intrudes on both of them by means of a vision. Their story — a tale...

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Andres: Retelling the Gospels

Sep 30, 2019 by

Earlier this year, the family-friendly streaming service Vidangel and Christian filmmaker Dallas Jenkins made Hollywood history after raising more than $10 million dollars in a crowdfunding campaign to fund...

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Yoder-Short: Annoying persistence

Sep 16, 2019 by

Is it ever OK to nag about injustices? Do we remain too quiet when all around us vulnerable children, the marginalized and widows find no justice or are even ridiculed? Does Jesus’ parable of the unrelenting...

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You need Jesus, boy!

Aug 5, 2019 by

There is only one place in the world where I can walk into the local TV station and get instant coverage just by picking up the mic, smiling into the camera and announcing myself. That place is a First Nations...

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Andres: The power of a single word

Jul 8, 2019 by

When I rewatch films, I often pick up on something new. Occasionally, I notice something that changes the way I see the film. That was the case with Field of Dreams, which turns 30 this year. The film opens...

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New law is better

Jun 10, 2019 by

In “Mountains Below the Surface,” Brad Roth says we “cannot dismiss the requirements of the Old Testament law.” Of course the old law is not abolished, but it is obsolete, and these two statements do...

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Bible: Because Jesus is true

Feb 18, 2019 by

Sometimes I talk to my seatmates on the plane. Sometimes I don’t. But when the young woman next to me had a panic attack brought on by her just-discharged-from-Afghan­istan post-traumatic stress, how could...

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