We’re outraged because we want to be worshiped

Nov 20, 2017 by

A morning tour through news headlines, social media, and personal correspondence has unsurprisingly delivered a steady stream of commentary on the pitiful parade of powerful men behaving badly. Politicians,...

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Washington Witness: Hope disrupting hostility

Nov 20, 2017 by

For years, a wall of isolation between the United States and North Korea has been steadily building. The Korean War never officially ended, and it has been followed by decades of economic sanctions and frozen...

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Have progressives made Trump God?

Nov 6, 2017 by

We live in times of heightened emotion. Enmeshed in digital media and captured by our “always-on” culture, it’s hard to unplug. The bare-knuckle fights of politicos and pundits come straight to our...

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Honorable protests

Oct 9, 2017 by

Few protests are remembered for 500 years, like Martin Luther’s. Or even 50, like anti-Vietnam War marches. Dem­onstrations by National Football League players this fall may be historic or fleeting, but...

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Talk to North Korea

Oct 9, 2017 by

North Korea is indeed a threat to the United States with its ICBM and possible nuclear attachment. But bellicose and militaristic talk only raises the tension and the risk. Why not talk to North Korean leaders...

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Bethel speaker says partisan times require truth

Sep 25, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts issued a plea for Americans to return to the ideals that bring them together during a visit to Bethel College. Pitts spoke to a...

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Opinion: Shifting alliances in Ukraine

Sep 25, 2017 by , and

ODESSA, Ukraine — Many people ask me how things are in Ukraine. When I think of the complex history of the country, I sometimes wonder how to respond. One evening in May, friends took me to visit a bright...

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What North Korea wants

Sep 25, 2017 by

Why is it so hard to find reports in the mainstream media that don’t reflect Washington’s biases and hostilities? Does the mainstream media sense its agen­da is better served by making it look like North...

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War profiteers

Sep 25, 2017 by

Writer and activist Frank Joyce says, “The Ken Burns PBS series on Vietnam gives its corporate sponsors little to worry about.” That in itself should raise a cautionary flag for those who watch. I...

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Boundaries redrawn

Sep 25, 2017 by

Gerrymandering — drawing a political district’s boundaries to assure a political party’s hold — isn’t new. It celebrated its bicentennial a few years ago. Newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts elaborated...

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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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