A moral debate with God

Jul 31, 2018 by

In July 1943, American bombers attacked Hamburg, Germany. The Allies wanted to cripple the Nazi war machine by targeting the city’s factories. Unfortunately, precision bombing was impossible. The only way to...

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Bible: Generosity abolishes judgment

Jul 30, 2018 by

For the final sessions of the quarter we turn from Jesus’ teaching to the Apostle Paul’s. Yet the basic picture of Christian faith and life remains mostly the same. In the first part of his letter to the...

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How to keep going when injustice gets worse

Jun 21, 2018 by

Is this what we’ve come to? Defending the moral claim that families should be together and children should not be in cages? After days of denying the family separation policy and pleading helplessness to...

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Bible: Complicated commands

Jun 18, 2018 by

Matthew seeks to trace how Jesus prepared his followers to spread his good news to “all nations” that they might obey what he has commanded (28:16-20; for the commands, see especially the Sermon on the...

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Prisoners set free in Haiti

Jun 4, 2018 by and

Rene Amizial was selling cooking charcoal on the roadside in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2015 when he was wrongfully accused of stealing 19 sacks of charcoal from a friend and competing business owner. The...

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Bible: Conflict over the Law’s meaning

May 21, 2018 by

This quarter we look at the justice of God, primarily in the message of Jesus with a bit of Paul. The Gospel of Matthew, more than the other three Gopels, tells us about conflicts Jesus faced with religious...

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Powell: Elders help youth find their voice

Mar 12, 2018 by

I asked a friend how he understood the current assault on civil and human rights. He replied, “Same song, different concert hall. Ghost of Colonialism in A Minor.” This began an interesting conversation...

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Powell: Are you ready for Jesus?

Jan 29, 2018 by

In my last column I quoted a person who responded to the world’s chaotic state by saying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” He was a far-right evangelical Christian who supported the government’s harmful actions...

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Subversive singers use hymns as protest

Jan 22, 2018 by and

After weeks of planning and selecting their targets, members of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco entered the bank and handed staff a note with their demands. What happened wasn’t a heist but a hymn...

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Kraybill: Awaiting an earthquake in Indiana?

Jan 15, 2018 by

In the name of Jesus, Paul and Silas healed a slave girl at Philippi whose owners exploited her for money as a fortune-teller (Acts 16). When the owners “saw that their hope of making money was gone, they...

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Longhurst: ‘A cry for home’

Dec 4, 2017 by

“Everyone needs a home — where families are safe and secure, where their basic needs are met, where they can come and go freely, and where they can imagine a future.” That’s the way a new campaign...

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MCC tries to keep family from being torn apart

Oct 8, 2017 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is supporting a mother and father who face deportation after U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated removal proceedings at a Texas hospital where the couple sought emergency care for...

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Ohio church offers sanctuary

Oct 5, 2017 by and

Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church opened its doors the morning of Oct. 2 to a 39-year-old mother of three children from Mexico, offering sanctuary to her after it became clear federal officials would seek to...

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Powell: Passing the torch to a new set of midwives

Aug 14, 2017 by

After the election of President Obama in 2008, civil rights leader and Mennonite theologian Vincent Harding used the image of midwifery to describe an emerging America. A midwife encourages the mother and...

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Prey on or pray for

Aug 14, 2017 by

I was horrified by your story on the evangelical pastors praying with Trump (“Conservative Evangelicals Revel in ‘Unprecedented’ Access to President,” World & Faith, July 31). I cannot believe...

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Bible: Tasty scroll with bitter words

Jul 17, 2017 by

During children’s time in the church basement when I was a child, often we saw an “object lesson.” The teacher had some ordinary object from home — an egg, a needle and thread, a jar full of beans —...

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Powell: Courage to step up

Jul 3, 2017 by

Russia’s intervention in our democratic process and the government’s response have consumed the media’s attention lately. We are inundated with news of possible coverups by government officials. While...

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How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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U.N. investigation could shed light on Congo deaths

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Three months after their son Michael J. Sharp was killed while leading a United Nations investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, parents John and Michele Miller Sharp continue his efforts seeking...

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Bearing witness to the state

Jun 26, 2017 by

There is a certain strand of Anabaptist two-kingdom theology that says church and state should be so entirely separate that the church has nothing to say to the state. The church, according to this view, has...

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Powell: Freedom from anxiety is right around the corner

Apr 10, 2017 by

A Feb. 15 Harris poll for the American Psychological Association found Americans haven’t experienced this much stress in many years. According to the poll, 66 percent of participants are stressed about the...

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Yoder-Short: Define ‘political’

Apr 10, 2017 by

“We can’t put up the sign because it’s political.” When seeing the sign, “No matter what country you’re from, we are glad you’re our neighbor,” what do we see? Does including Spanish and Arabic...

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U.N. Witness: Half an apology

Mar 13, 2017 by

On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the people of Haiti. After more than six years of advocacy...

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CJP director undertakes 40-day fast for healing

Mar 13, 2017 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began Ash Wednesday March 1, Daryl Byler has made a few changes to his recreational reading. The lawyer, ordained minister and executive director...

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Dear President Trump: Provoking God?

Mar 7, 2017 by

Dear President Trump: Lent is a season to reflect upon and repent of all in our lives that is out of sync. The Daily Lectionary readings for today are about provoking. The people provoke God to anger because...

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