Open letter to Jeff Bezos: Amazon or Anabaptist?

Jul 17, 2018 by

Dear Mr. Bezos, The opposition of Amazon (hereafter referred to as “your company”) to a tax law to help the homeless in Seattle was the last straw. Let me explain. After your company stopped construction...

[read more]

Bible: Blinded by wealth

Jun 4, 2018 by

Jesus engaged in numerous conflicts and controversies, leading ultimately to his crucifixion. The Pharisees were his most prominent adversaries. We should note that Jesus often took the fight to the Pharisees....

[read more]

Four obstacles to raising relief funds

May 29, 2018 by

As a part of an initiative last year to increase funds raised at our Virginia Relief Sale for Mennonite Central Committee, some of us came up with a plan to solicit cash donations in addition to the money...

[read more]

Our trickle-down congregational economics

Dec 7, 2017 by

A proposed congregational mission statement: To be good news for the poor, to heal the broken, to proclaim release for prisoners, to restore sight to the blind, to advocate for the oppressed, and to celebrate...

[read more]

The economy of Jesus

Aug 15, 2016 by

Capitalism is killing Christianity. When a seminary friend first suggested this theory to me a year ago, I thought it was overblown. I have no affinity for capitalism as an economic system. I’m as much an...

[read more]

Table talk

Mar 14, 2016 by

When I was growing up, our family dinner table was a favorite gathering place. We often had guests, and conversations were lively. Occasionally disagreements would arise, but my parents modeled hospitality...

[read more]

A middle ground to being a Christian on Black Friday

Nov 25, 2015 by

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism and, by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have,...

[read more]

Why don’t churches thank us when we give them money?

Sep 11, 2015 by

Churches survive because people give them money. Sure, that’s a simplification, but I stand by it. And I think the church needs to say “thank you” more. Lots of other charities rely on donations...

[read more]

As our economy recovers, should we celebrate?

Apr 13, 2015 by

There are promising signs of economic recovery everywhere, we’re told. Stock market numbers are three times higher than during the recent depression. Employment numbers are up. Consumer confidence is on...

[read more]

Love, money go together

Aug 18, 2014 by

The text for Aug. 24 is part of the same letter we studied for Aug. 17: Paul’s “letter of tears” in which he seeks reconciliation with his wayward Corinthian house churches. The same theme prevails: Paul...

[read more]