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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Spirituality is imperfect

Jul 18, 2018 by

Last week at our Mustard Seed House community meeting, we made lavender wands. We had perfect examples to follow, many of them beautiful images from Pinterest and DIY websites. We had good instructions with...

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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...

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Enduring the cross, despising the shame

Jul 16, 2018 by

If I were to try to convince someone to become a Christian, shame is not a quality I would advertise. I would probably talk about the wonderful sense of being set free from guilt, the comforting presence of a...

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No longer deserving?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Robert Victor Peters (Letters & Comments, June 4) sounds like a Mennonite we need in Indiana, one we are sorry to see leaving us. Maybe he has what it takes to lead our response to our government’s...

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With a leap, children learn new language

Jul 16, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster educators know refugee resettlement isn’t just about offering a new home but also helping refugees navigate the years of readjustment ahead of them. That’s why four local...

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Waiting for decades

Jul 16, 2018 by

At 93, I’m trying to wrap up some of my end-of-life business. One of my efforts over the last 40 years was to try to understand the LGBTQ issue and how it fits into our church dialogue and theological...

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To beat addiction, path to freedom is spiritual

Jul 16, 2018 by and

For Paul Fehr, addiction to drugs began with rejection, but an encounter with Christ helped him overcome that bondage. Now he’s the executive director of Operation 6:12, a Christian residential program in...

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Nonresistance isn’t silent

Jul 16, 2018 by

How much should nonresistant Christians talk publicly about the political concerns of their earthly societies? Many Anabaptists recognize nonresistance as encompassing more than refusing to use lethal force...

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Bible: Look who isn’t coming to dinner

Jul 16, 2018 by

In the ancient world you could learn a great deal about people at mealtime. What people ate and who they ate with were quite revealing. Luke 14 certainly tells us a lot about Jesus — and about those who set...

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Where’s the evidence?

Jul 16, 2018 by

Christians have come up with various ways to determine who truly is a part of Christ’s kingdom and who may be a pretender. Gene C. Rhodes would accept the testimony of a trusted pastor (Letters &...

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Moderate justice

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Supreme Court occupies the U.S. political spotlight after the retirement of Anthony Kennedy and President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. With the remaining eight justices evenly split on many...

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Miller: What my dad taught me

Jul 16, 2018 by

My dad smells of hay and manure, the soil and the outdoors, spiritually speaking. His relationship with God is a sturdy thing, like coveralls that have hung always in the basement between chorings and are...

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Powell: Inhumane separation

Jul 16, 2018 by

The Statue of Liberty greeted immigrant arrivals in the United States beginning in 1886. Many of our white ancestors saw this quote emblazoned on Ms. Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled...

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Yoder-Short: The trophy queen says ‘no’

Jul 16, 2018 by

No more bathing suits at the Miss America Pageant. Is the culture of female objectification finally fading? Snags in male domination are old news. Long ago, a woman from a different culture said “no” to...

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Faith the size of a wheat seed

Jul 12, 2018 by

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). I love that verse. Such a good reminder to stop, chill out, and allow God to move. And I believe that he can and does move, I say devotedly as the sun...

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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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Finding our better angels in divided times

Jul 10, 2018 by , and

Who hasn’t known relationships torn apart over divisive politics? Churches, families and businesses all know the tension that can accompany political discussions, especially in recent years. Is it possible...

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Evana solidifies collaborative vision

Jul 9, 2018 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations. During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June...

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A Lancaster historian seeks Mennonite hair art

Jul 9, 2018 by

It’s a well-known story. It was July 25, 1896, and there had been a party at the home of John Musser in Witmer, Pa., and many young Mennonites had gathered to socialize, perhaps discussing the quarterly...

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To judge or not to judge?

Jul 5, 2018 by

As a child, I rarely heard cursing. Thus, I often didn’t recognize inappropriate language when I did hear it. My friend and I could watch the same movie — she would hear curse words every other minute, and...

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Immortal works

Jul 2, 2018 by

Far from the tourist crowds, the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome is a haven of solitude. In a tree-shaded corner we found the grave of the poet John Keats, who died in 1821 at the age of 25. As he desired, no...

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Bible: Through the narrow door

Jul 2, 2018 by

A key moment in Luke comes at the end of chapter 9 when Jesus “set his face toward Jerusalem” (9:51). In the following chapters, we read stories of Jesus and his followers heading toward the big...

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Kraybill: Jesus calls women to the center

Jul 2, 2018 by

Nancy Kauffmann of Goshen, Ind., has long been a pioneer as a woman in congregational and denominational leadership. So it’s not surprising that a painting by Chilean artist Daniel Cariola in a chapel next...

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‘Father’ is holy

Jul 2, 2018 by

Tim Bentch is right on (“Yes, God Is Our Father,” Blog, June 4). Names in the Bible for God and people have special meaning. Jesus said when you pray, say, “Our Father, who art in heaven, holy is your...

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