Resurgence of a global Mennonite far right

Jul 13, 2020 by

In this time of global pandemic and international protests against systemic police brutality, thoughtful ­Anabaptist journalism has become more essential than ever. I am grateful to Mennonite World Review for...

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Evangelical writers: Trump is a ‘spiritual danger’

Jul 13, 2020 by and

You’ve probably heard of the white evangelicals who have backed President Donald Trump since he launched his campaign for president. Their story is well known to political analysts and average Americans...

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Kennel-Shank: Once more, gratefully

Jun 29, 2020 by

Time has been slippery lately. These days, weeks and months of the pandemic slide together, though punctuated with dramatic moments: the loss of jobs, the deaths of loved ones, the deaths that hospital workers...

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Religious hypocrisy

Jun 29, 2020 by

President Trump’s recent action using tear gas on citizens so that he could have a picture of himself holding a Bible (“Scripture Sacrilege,” Editorial, June 15) was a classic example of God vs. empire....

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Pray for the president

Jun 29, 2020 by

For any president to become God’s servant for the people’s good is a high calling. That’s even more the case for those who claim to be Bible-believing Christians, as the current U.S. president does....

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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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Kriss: Belonging to the truth

May 18, 2020 by

I was struck by the words of Pontius Pilate during Holy Week as I walked the Stations of the Cross sponsored by Renew Community in Lansdale, Pa. I had never heard his “What is truth?” question quite like...

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Kriss: Claiming a truer evangelical faith

Feb 24, 2020 by

True evangelical faith does not lie dormant. It has become all things to all people. — Menno Simons Sometime in the 1980s I came to understand myself as an evangelical. I believe there is good news to the...

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Pray for deliverance

Feb 24, 2020 by

I am pained and bewildered to see fellow Mennonites who are followers of Jesus and also follow Donald Trump. Both Trump and his policies are antithetical to biblical teaching. He has violated each of the Ten...

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Peter and Paul: Delusional hope, irrational fear

Feb 17, 2020 by

Peter started out as a man of delusional hope. Paul began as a man of irrational fear. Both are parables for our time. The role of tens of thousands of Christians in the election of the current president of...

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Elections: I Samuel 8 (revised)

Feb 6, 2020 by

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as Israel’s leaders. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not follow his...

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Primaries, presidents, principles

Jan 27, 2020 by

Twelve years ago, I was excited for Barack Obama’s leadership. But he bitterly disappointed me. He deported over 3 million people, more than the previous three presidents combined. He took only token steps...

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MWC delegation supports churches in Hong Kong

Jan 27, 2020 by , , and

Mennonite World Conference sent a delegation in December to Hong Kong to hear church members’ concerns and show solidarity amid political unrest and social shifts that can lead to differences of opinion...

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The price of war

Jan 27, 2020 by

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How...

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What do we want?

Jan 27, 2020 by

Did the Mennonites really want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency? Do they really want abortion on demand up to nine months? Do they really want Christians brought to court and bankrupted for standing...

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The temptation of political power

Jan 20, 2020 by

Of the brutal Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is supposed to have commented: “He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” This quote sums up the dominant political...

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Kriss: Saturday night at Chick-Fil-A

Jan 13, 2020 by

I turned around to see a young woman with a blue hijab trying to stop a girl squealing loudly and running. It’s a Saturday night in Lancaster County, Pa. The Route 30 Chick-Fil-A is filled with those of us...

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Cleaning out the barn

Jan 13, 2020 by

Politics is kind of like manure. If we tell ourselves we can avoid being political, it piles up in our barns, creates a stink and makes the animals sick. Political interactions are a normal part of everything...

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‘Unholy collusion’

Jan 13, 2020 by

The fate of Donald Trump’s presidency transcends politics. Moral and ethical concerns about the president pose a test of religious principles for people of faith. The soul of American evangelicalism is at...

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Courageous witness

Jan 13, 2020 by

I commend Christianity Today’s courageous and prophetic editorial concerning President Trump. Franklin Graham challenged Christians to pray, fast and vote. I agree and believe righteousness will rule when...

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Longhurst: No longer on top

Jan 13, 2020 by

“Hello, massa. Bottom rail on top this time.” That’s what a freed black slave in the Union army is reported to have said when he saw his former owner, captured in a battle during the U.S. Civil War,...

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A personal Anabaptist political manifesto

Dec 23, 2019 by

“The worldly are armed with steel and iron, but Christians are armed with the armor of God, with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and with the Word of God.” Schleitheim Brotherly Union,...

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Candidates petitioned on military spending

Dec 23, 2019 by

Mennonites were among more than 30 faith groups signing a joint letter Dec. 9 urging U.S. presidential candidates to reduce military spending. The letter says the “federal budget’s increasingly distorted...

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Yes, facts matter

Nov 25, 2019 by

Contrasting letters in the Nov. 11 issue stated reasons why people should or should not support the Trump administration. All of these issues are real and should be discussed, but I am not sure how you can...

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Trump defends lives of innocent babies

Nov 11, 2019 by

An Oct. 14 MWR editorial states, “Moral clarity . . . would consist of holding President Trump to a high standard of ethics and integrity.” It goes on to characterize the president with “abuse of power,...

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