A call to prayer

Feb 10, 2020 by

In a time when many of us find ourselves off center in terms of national and international events and in terms of our relationships with our sisters and brothers, I am reminded of the late Walter Wink writing...

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Different gifts

Feb 10, 2020 by

I know Lucinda Kinsinger was making a good spiritual point in her Jan. 27 column, “I Made My Own Wedding Dress,” and good for her that she can sew. But let me come to the defense of those of us who do not...

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Issue was a new low

Feb 10, 2020 by

The Jan. 27 issue reached a new low. The same-sex marriage supported by First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., is not a “natural” step of inclusion. Quite the contrary. It is unnatural, against...

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Primaries, presidents, principles

Jan 27, 2020 by

Twelve years ago, I was excited for Barack Obama’s leadership. But he bitterly disappointed me. He deported over 3 million people, more than the previous three presidents combined. He took only token steps...

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The price of war

Jan 27, 2020 by

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How...

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Bruderhof connection

Jan 27, 2020 by

Thank you for your excellent reporting on the diverse Anabaptist world. What prompts me to write is partly the excellent article on North Korea by Katerina Parsons from the Mennonite Central Committee...

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What do we want?

Jan 27, 2020 by

Did the Mennonites really want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency? Do they really want abortion on demand up to nine months? Do they really want Christians brought to court and bankrupted for standing...

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It’s a celebration

Jan 27, 2020 by

The West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale “Celebration for World Relief” is grateful for the publicity our event name change has produced in MWR. As noted in the Jan. 13 article, 100 percent of our sale...

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Cleaning out the barn

Jan 13, 2020 by

Politics is kind of like manure. If we tell ourselves we can avoid being political, it piles up in our barns, creates a stink and makes the animals sick. Political interactions are a normal part of everything...

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Courageous witness

Jan 13, 2020 by

I commend Christianity Today’s courageous and prophetic editorial concerning President Trump. Franklin Graham challenged Christians to pray, fast and vote. I agree and believe righteousness will rule when...

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Same is good, too

Jan 13, 2020 by

Much of our problem in staying unified as Anabaptists (and as humans) is our unwillingness to embrace both tradition and change. Regarding the Dec. 23 editorial, “Different Is Good,” I could just as easily...

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Greatness or mercy?

Dec 23, 2019 by

Jonah was a reluctant agent of mercy (“What If Jonah Came to Us?” by Jane Yoder-Short, Dec. 9). Jonah is not mentioned among the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11, but Samson and many other flawed Old...

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End of the ‘Herald’

Dec 23, 2019 by

Thank you, John Longhurst, for your analysis of the unfortunate demise of the Mennonite Brethren Herald (North of the 49th, Nov. 25). More than 35 years ago, I was a subscriber because I was raised in the...

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Silent on abortion

Dec 9, 2019 by

Thank you, Eldon Claassen, for your Nov. 11 letter condemning the murder of the unborn child. Followers of Jesus Christ must speak out in behalf of those who do not have a voice. The Mennonite church has been...

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Reunion, divisions

Dec 9, 2019 by

As a Franconia Mennonite Conference native, I was deeply gratified to read that the dec­ades-long effort to reconcile with Eastern District Conference will be completed in 2020. When I was born in 1937, the...

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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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Interfaith vision

Nov 25, 2019 by

I would like to express my appreciation to Tim Huber for “Mountain Welcome” about the 50th anniversary of the Aspen Chapel in Colorado. This involved a considerable amount of research about the chapel and...

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Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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MB non-participation in consultation regretful

Nov 11, 2019 by

I write on behalf of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Clovis, Calif., and with the endorsement of our church council in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service.” First, I...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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Immorality of Trumpism killing our planet

Nov 11, 2019 by

Stoesz bravely points out that “the moral darkness of Trumpism . . . is seasoned with unsavory ingredients of immorality, race-hating, mistreatment of children, greed and lawlessness” and notes the anomaly...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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Bewitched

Oct 28, 2019 by

If the Apostle Paul were to write to “evangelicals” (such as Franklin Graham) who seem to find President Trump’s behavior, decisions and values not only tolerable but righteous, perhaps he might say...

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MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Lack of truth defines moral darkness of Trumpism

Oct 14, 2019 by

Donald Trump did not invent Trumpism. He merely exploited it. One hallmark of Trumpism is a lack of truthfulness. Presidents have lied before. My memory only goes back to Frank­lin Roosevelt, who assured the...

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