Our witness amid social polarization

Jan 29, 2018 by

By now, we’re probably all tired of one-year analyses of U.S. President Donald Trump. But I’d like to look at his first year from a more spiritual perspective and ask what effect Trump’s presidency may...

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Powell: Are you ready for Jesus?

Jan 29, 2018 by

In my last column I quoted a person who responded to the world’s chaotic state by saying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” He was a far-right evangelical Christian who supported the government’s harmful actions...

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The limits of activism

Jan 19, 2018 by

When I first felt called to ministry over a decade ago, I had a lot to say. I thought I had solutions to important problems. There was so much I wanted to contribute. For many years I was extremely active. I...

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Kingdom priorities

Jan 15, 2018 by

Thank you to Evan Oswald for “Selling the Evangelical Soul” (Letters & Comments, Jan. 1). Instead of power over others, Christ calls us to be servants to all, starting at the bottom of the social...

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Selling the soul

Jan 1, 2018 by

Is evangelical Christianity selling its soul for a mess of pottage? Both President Trump and former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama have shown themselves to be sexual predators. They climbed the...

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True evangelical faith

Jan 1, 2018 by

The most important religion story of 2017, according to the Religion News Association, was “Trumpvangelicals.” Until a couple of years ago, no one could have imagined such a discordant blend. Yet now the...

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Convictional inaction

Jan 1, 2018 by

Since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, the role white evangelical Christians played in his victory has been thoroughly analyzed — and puzzled over. Christians and non-Christians alike...

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Book review: ‘The Internationalists’

Dec 18, 2017 by

Mennonite peace activists in the 1930s were a small part of an international peace movement to promote the Kellogg-Briand treaty. That treaty, passed in 1928, had made war illegal. At Buhler High School in...

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Yoder-Short: A world of competing saviors

Dec 18, 2017 by

The committee deliberated whether the donated yard sign would be posted. There was disagreement. In the end, it was decided that the sign sounded too political.“No matter where you are from, we are glad you...

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Prophecy doesn’t justify Trump’s Jerusalem statement

Dec 14, 2017 by

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, the evangelist Pat Robertson welcomed President Trump’s announcement about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “It’s absolutely crucial in terms of...

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Good news for Jerusalem?

Dec 12, 2017 by

My wife and I have led 13 groups of college students to the Middle East since 1991 as part of Eastern Mennonite University’s required cross-cultural program. During the semester-long immersive travel, we...

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Justifying selfishness

Dec 4, 2017 by

Perhaps the economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) understood it best when, referring to trickle-down economics, he said, “If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the...

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Oppose repealing the Johnson Amendment

Nov 30, 2017 by

Pastors in the USA have learned that church and state are separate. They have learned not to support candidates or a political party from the church or in their public ministries connected to the church. At...

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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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