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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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Last shall be first

Feb 13, 2017 by

The slogan “America first” may take various forms in the coming years, but hostility toward Muslim refugees and other immigrants has become an integral part of it. Acting quickly after taking office,...

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Not who we are

Feb 1, 2017 by

The shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people has been on many of our minds over the past few days. There has been the predictable outpouring of support and outrage on social media. There have...

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Walk the second mile

Jan 30, 2017 by

The 2016 election results have renewed interest in laws to protect religious freedom. Among them are the First Amendment Defense Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Their ostensible purpose is to...

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Yoder-Short: Unworldly fashion statements

Jan 16, 2017 by

“Maybe they are the lucky ones.” His words surprised me. The discussion was about a local faith variety where the young women are easily spotted in their homemade dresses and coverings, while the young men...

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Opinion: Beyond climate argument

Jan 16, 2017 by

It is time for all neighbor-loving Christians to get on board with the movement to transition away from fossil fuels. To learn some reasons why, consider the words of Arnold Schwarz­enegger, a Catholic...

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Yard signs say all neighbors welcome

Dec 27, 2016 by and

Watching an early U.S. presidential primary debate, Matthew Bucher disliked what he heard about refugees and asylum-seekers. As the pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., he thought of a...

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Get across the table

Nov 11, 2016 by

It was fascinating to watch the three-minute video clip where U.S. President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump met the media after spending an hour together Nov. 10 at the White House. It wasn’t...

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When love is needed most

Jul 5, 2016 by

I was talking recently with a friend about the upcoming Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon that I plan to attend. Like many denominations, ours is wrestling with some familiar trends (aging,...

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We must choose to be interrupted

Apr 29, 2014 by

Part of learning to follow Jesus, is choosing to allow our lives to be interrupted. When I get in my car, I find myself driving to get to my destination as fast as possible. I don’t like road blocks, detours...

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