Quakers, Catholics share a call to protect our common home

Jun 26, 2020 by , and

The phrase “love thy neighbor” captures a call to see our shared humanity with a call to action. As Jesus taught, we should understand “neighbor” broadly to include the historically forgotten. Quakers...

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Aid request for Iran

Jun 15, 2020 by

We believe Mennonites are called to a ministry of human compassion and international peacebuilding in these perilous times. Anabaptists can now reach out to the people of Iran, who have been hit hard by the...

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Scripture sacrilege

Jun 15, 2020 by

As dozens of cities burned across the United States June 1, the president needed a distraction. Donald Trump put down his twittering device, left his bunker and ordered police and military forces to use rubber...

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Book review: I Am Not Your Enemy

Jun 15, 2020 by

I finished reading Michael McRay’s book just as deep fissures were developing in the United States about whether stay-at-home orders were an appropriate measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or whether...

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Principle of loving

Jun 1, 2020 by

Typically, the time to go to church is “as soon as possible.” But these COVID-19 times are not typical times. As Anabaptists weigh which principles will guide them most, loving thy neighbor means easing...

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Washington Witness: Fearful turn to guns

May 4, 2020 by

COVID-19 has forced federal and state governments to con­sider what is an essential business allowed to remain open during the pandemic. Grocery stores, gas stations and auto-repair shops are a few of the...

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Kriss: Passion week, Pentecost, pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Because of the virus.” I mulled the phrase, letting it sink in. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood, where it’s strangely quiet while the blossoms peak. At the supermarket, an intercom voice...

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God’s presence needs us

Sep 2, 2019 by

While bad news spurs some people to action, it is just as likely to make us feel helpless. But if you think there is nothing you can do, you are wrong. The Associated Press reported Aug. 21 that the Trump...

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The shocking neighbor

Aug 19, 2019 by

In the 1950s, dictator Fulgencio Batista and the rich and powerful of Cuba oppressed countless Cubans. On April 9, 1958, rebels against Batista called a strike. Batista fought back, including in Sagua la...

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Bound by love

Aug 8, 2019 by

When the lawyer finally got face time with Jesus, he poured out what was heaviest on his heart, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He groped for a guarantee. He wanted a divine will and...

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Shining the light

Jul 22, 2019 by

The June 24 issue had a number of positive stories that suggest there are churches that take Jesus’ commands seriously. To illustrate: a church offers a syringe exchange; a church wipes out millions of...

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Losing inerrancy

Jul 19, 2019 by

When I was 17 years old, almost exactly 47 years ago, I made a decision to become a Christian. At the time, my motivation was that I wanted to know the truth. As a thoughtful, idealistic adolescent, I thought...

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All we need to know

Dec 18, 2018 by

I don’t know if I have ever been able to convincingly say that I love God. So, I don’t really say it very much. I don’t not love him, but to claim that I love him has always felt like a stretch to me....

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Opinion: Lives of Jesus, Muhammad teach care for those on the margins

Sep 10, 2018 by and

For several years, Kenya has been a flashpoint of Christian-Muslim conflict. With each incident of terror, the tension increases. Kenyan Mennonites are finding hope in small incidents of transformation. Kenya...

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Our hypocrisy on ‘social action’

Jul 19, 2018 by

Mennonite Central Committee and other relief and service organizations are often criticized for being too focused on physically bettering people’s lives and not enough on evangelizing them. Some of the...

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Loving our neighbors without fear

Jul 11, 2018 by

I saw two movies recently. The second was First Reformed. The pastor of a small Christian Reformed church somewhere in New York struggles with a tension between hope and darkness in his own life and runs into...

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Ending the Forever War

Jan 5, 2018 by

We are now facing what some people are beginning to call the “Forever War.” Whatever or whoever or however it is we are fighting, the war just keeps going on and on and on. Afghanistan has now...

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Yoder-Short: A world of competing saviors

Dec 18, 2017 by

The committee deliberated whether the donated yard sign would be posted. There was disagreement. In the end, it was decided that the sign sounded too political.“No matter where you are from, we are glad you...

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An Anabaptist response to gun violence

Nov 14, 2017 by

There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting business-as-usual...

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Come in, the show is free

Jul 17, 2017 by

Mennonite Church USA congregational membership and convention attendance are lower. It is apparent to anyone who has attended a denomination-wide gathering in the last two decades. Some attendees surely...

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Kehrberg: Who is your Samaritan?

Jul 3, 2017 by

One of the attributes of the Good Samaritan parable is its action. It is perfect for dramatization. (One does need to pay attention to casting choices: Certain robbers may relish their role more than...

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True or false? ‘If you’ve had an easy life, don’t try to help’

Jun 1, 2017 by

“A 20-some kid barely out of seminary shouldn’t presume to counsel a father dealing with his son’s fatal car crash.” “A happily married woman with well-behaved kids and a successful job has no clue...

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Kriss: A good neighbor, Lydia is there

May 8, 2017 by

I live in a section of duplexes in northwestern Philadelphia. Tucked back from the street, I have the option of less interaction, compared to others who have front doors that open directly onto the sidewalk. I...

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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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If refugees can’t come, we must go to them

Feb 20, 2017 by

I have heard a lot of discussion about the parable of the good Samaritan among Christians debating the crisis and President Donald Trump’s ban. What surprises me as I listen to these conversations is that...

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