Yoder-Short: Mercy for all?

Jul 13, 2020 by

What if a comforting parable comes unraveled? What if the hero we usually identify with fades? What if we start seeing ourselves as an overly inquisitive lawyer or possibly someone lacking empathy? When we...

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For a week, the Block Bunnies ruled

Jun 29, 2020 by

There was no escaping the wailing sirens, thumping helicopters, growling military trucks, stinging smoke and, every now and then, the hollow pop of a pistol. For a week in Minneapolis, it went on and on. And...

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Neighbors confront violence, racism

Jun 29, 2020 by and

George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for about eight minutes. Three days later, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building was...

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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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My wilderness of skyscrapers

Jun 1, 2020 by

Three times in 30 years I’ve lived through events I hope never happen anywhere again: the 1990 Hesston, Kan., tornado, the 2016 mass shooting in Hesston — and now I’m living in the epicenter of the...

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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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What child is this?

Dec 21, 2018 by and

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? — Hymnal: A Worship Book, No. 215; text by William C. Dix,...

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Andres: Mister Rogers’ example

Dec 3, 2018 by

Captivating might not be the first word to come to mind regarding a documentary about Fred Rogers — creator and host of the long-running children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — but Won’t You Be...

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Miller: The pacifist, the colonel and the flag

Sep 24, 2018 by

Seldom a week goes by that I don’t hear about relationships being frayed because of political differences. “How can you claim to be a Christian and vote for Trump/Clinton?” Political affiliation and...

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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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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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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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Knowing and caring

Aug 1, 2016 by

Even the sparrow finds a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young, At your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. — Psalm 84:3 A pair of orioles is raising their brood in...

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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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Won’t you be my neighbor?

Feb 18, 2014 by

As a white woman who somewhat recently moved into an area that is considered to be “gentrifying,” I try to be acutely aware of my impact on my community. Dannette Lambert’s article on “how not to be a...

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