Book review: ‘The Radical Muslim and Mennonite’

Sep 11, 2017 by

During a Muslim-Christian peacemaking meeting in Indonesia in 2003, Mesach Krisetya, president of Mennonite World Conference, made a speech. Seeking to dismantle negative stereotypes of Christians —...

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Words redefined

Aug 28, 2017 by

Judging from “Conservative Evangelicals Revel in ‘Unprecedented’ Access to President” (World & Faith, July 31), the definitions of “conservative” and “evangelicals” have changed. I...

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The shame of our nation

Aug 7, 2017 by

U.S. President Donald Trump should feel indebted to religious voters, especially to evangelicals, who esteem themselves as “values voters.” A significant majority of them voted for him, believing they...

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Israel-Palestine statement takes a ‘third way’

Jul 6, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 6 overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Israel-Palestine, confessing “our own complicity in this web of violence, injustice and suffering” and...

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The ‘Christian’ politics of stone-throwing

Jul 5, 2017 by

One of the challenges in any era is what to do when there is a difference of opinion. Two key areas come to mind: theology and politics. Yep, so-called Christian politics. When I was in my 20s, I deconstructed...

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Showalter: Christianity amid the new nationalisms

Jul 3, 2017 by

Around the globe, nationalism is resurgent to a level not seen since World War II. There are many examples: Brexit in Britain, Narendra Modi in India, Xi Jinping in China, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines,...

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Powell: Courage to step up

Jul 3, 2017 by

Russia’s intervention in our democratic process and the government’s response have consumed the media’s attention lately. We are inundated with news of possible coverups by government officials. While...

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Global leader?

Jul 3, 2017 by

Nations that flout international norms get a “rogue state” label. Now the United States is going rogue. By dropping out of the Paris climate-change accord, the U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only...

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How Christians can reduce and prevent terrorism

Jun 27, 2017 by

We live in a world that is sadly marked by violence and terrorism. It seems like very few days go by, if any at all, without some horrible act of terror or random violence. The lead-up to the 2016 U.S....

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Bearing witness to the state

Jun 26, 2017 by

There is a certain strand of Anabaptist two-kingdom theology that says church and state should be so entirely separate that the church has nothing to say to the state. The church, according to this view, has...

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Binding and blinding

Jun 21, 2017 by

Back in February, I remarked that Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind should be required reading for all who spend time on social media, particularly those who like to go to war over ideas. I said that this...

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No jesting matter

Jun 5, 2017 by

The British philosopher Francis Bacon coined the term “jesting Pilate” to describe the Roman governor’s attitude when he asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Since Pilate didn’t wait for an...

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Jesus is ascended, not absent

May 25, 2017 by

Ascension Day. It’s the most obscure of all the major holy days on the Christian calendar. Coming 40 days after Easter, it commemorates the Ascension of Christ. The Christian calendar is designed to tell the...

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Health care and prayer

May 22, 2017 by

On May 4, the National Day of Prayer, the U.S. House of Representatives completed the first step toward passing the American Health Care Act. When members of Congress gathered at the White House to celebrate,...

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How did political progressives think they were Anabaptists?

May 15, 2017 by

Let me tell you the story about how many politically progressive Christians came to think they were Anabaptists. (I’m mainly talking about post-evangelical progressives rather than traditional mainline...

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The paradox of progressive political theology

May 4, 2017 by

I’d like to try to point out, as a progressive Christian, something that has been bothering me about progressive Christian political theology — a paradox, tension and inconsistency that keeps popping...

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The cults of Caesar and Christ

May 3, 2017 by

The original name for what would eventually became known as Christianity was “the Way.” You won’t find “Christianity” in the Bible, but you will find “the Way” seven times in the book of Acts. If...

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No Tomahawk missiles in the kingdom of God

Apr 12, 2017 by

This post is a sermon (audio version here) given April 9, 2017 at Washington City Church of the Brethren. Our gospel reading this morning is about Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, just days before...

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Powell: Freedom from anxiety is right around the corner

Apr 10, 2017 by

A Feb. 15 Harris poll for the American Psychological Association found Americans haven’t experienced this much stress in many years. According to the poll, 66 percent of participants are stressed about the...

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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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5,000 Congolese Mennonites in hiding to escape violence

Apr 7, 2017 by , and

Mennonite church members report increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp, an American Mennonite, died on a United Nations peacebuilding...

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Plain groups: work-family bond resists worldly ways

Mar 27, 2017 by and

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Today’s North American economy presents daunting challenges for building the ideal faith community, according to David Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo. “Why does there seem to be among...

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Kriss: Pastoring in polarities

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many who preach regularly are finding it a tough navigation in the pulpit in the United States. Our highly politicized environment means it’s difficult to find ways to speak that are both relevant and...

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Christ-centered values

Mar 27, 2017 by

I agree with letter writers published in the March 13 MWR who were concerned about reading the Bible in our quest for ethical and moral values. I especially depend on Jesus to focus these values. I have been...

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Warring impulses

Mar 27, 2017 by

War in an age of terrorism reveals the limited effectiveness of armed force. Yet the belief that higher military spending buys more national security remains strong. President Trump’s proposal to add $54...

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