Miller: Legacies are more than money

Sep 2, 2019 by

Not long ago I received a brochure from a charitable organization. On the front was the headline, “Leave a Legacy.” I soon discovered “Leave a Legacy” meant “write a big check.” If the check was...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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I feel guilty about my free time

Jul 17, 2019 by

When I was bemoaning my singleness once, a wise person told me, “You made your choices.” At first, I wanted to complain, “But I didn’t know the consequences of those choices! I didn’t know that...

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A resignation’s core values

Jul 3, 2019 by and

In Jane Philpott’s letter of resignation from Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet in March, she stated it grieved her to leave her post as President of the Treasury Board. But, she went on to...

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Book review: Flee, Be Silent, Pray

Jun 24, 2019 by

Twenty years ago, Ed Cyzewski left his Roman Catholic faith to become an evangelical. This led him to a hard-driving way of faith that required doing good things for God but left him stressed and anxious. Then...

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Zwieback and leprosy

Apr 18, 2019 by

The beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. A half dozen men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air,...

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Give thanks for peace

Jan 21, 2019 by

I am so thankful for the Jan. 7 column by Richard Showalter  (“Ethiopia’s Astounding Lead­er”) describing the peaceful path practiced by the newly elected “Jesus-centered” prime minister of...

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Book review: ‘The Four Gifts’

Jan 7, 2019 by

The Four Gifts by April Yamasaki evokes for me Jesus’ search for solitude after his work of healing among the crowds. It seems that some of the most oft-told stories of Jesus are of his crossing the sea to...

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What I learned about prayer this year

Jan 7, 2019 by

Prayer has been an increasingly greater focus in my life the past two years and has been linked to my New Year’s resolutions (Well, actually the word I choose each year. Yes, I joined the one-word...

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Divine revelation

Dec 17, 2018 by

People say I am an old man — and, in fact, I am 92. One evening in 2016, the year my wife, Martha, died, I was sitting in the living room and prayed to God: It is lonesome down here. Are you really...

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A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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Miller: You have faith enough to pray

Aug 27, 2018 by

A book called Prayer, by Ole Hallesby — a Norwegian Christian who wrote in the early 1900s — changed my understanding of that basic-to-our-humanity, up-reaching thing we call prayer. I will share in my own...

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Powell: Fighting the ‘bear’

Aug 27, 2018 by

Hardly anyone could have imagined the dramatic shift in relationships that has happened in the past year in the United States. Our communities have become edgy, waiting for the next tragedy to happen. The...

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How to pray for the people you love

Aug 7, 2018 by

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that’s what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years...

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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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‘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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‘Father’ cherished

Jun 18, 2018 by

I would like to give a standing ovation to Tim Bentch for “Yes, God Is Our Father” (June 4). Having a distant father, with whom I never had a conversation, calling God “Father” was difficult. But over...

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Opinion: A prayer for Syria — freedom from fear

Jun 4, 2018 by and

“Fill me with your love, O Lord,” I say to myself as I breathe in. “And free me from fear,” I think on the exhale. I’m sitting in a black van, parked on the side of the highway in Syria. As I look...

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Creating with God

May 30, 2018 by

According to Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, God created the world by imagination, yet for many of us imagination and creativity are rarely associated with our faith. Our playful imaginative selves often...

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N.J. church lifts people from addiction

May 29, 2018 by and

Amid the devastation caused by addictions, a Franconia Mennonite Conference congregation is shining a light. Tim Hart, pastor of Garden Chapel in Victory Gardens, N.J., has worked with community organizers to...

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God as Father

May 21, 2018 by

I’ve noticed more often lately that some of our Mennonite preachers and writers avoid calling God “Father.” Is this theologically correct? Is it wise? Do we want our children and newcomers to the church...

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Dark deception

May 21, 2018 by

The leaders and educators of Mennonite Church USA and other church communities are increasingly adopting worldly views of compassion, love, peace and power. The powers of darkness are attempting to merge...

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South Korean passion for missions inspires IMA leaders

May 7, 2018 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — Christians of the Global South are reimagining and reconstructing mission for the 21st century. The churches of South Korea are in the forefront. A group of Anabaptists recently visited...

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Miller: I made a promise once

Apr 23, 2018 by

I made a promise once. I meant it with all my shaking soul. I think it would be difficult to recount what an influence that promise has had on my life, impossible to count how many times I have read it again...

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Join the resistance

Feb 26, 2018 by

Since President Trump took office a year ago, U.S. Christians have been bitterly divided over whether his actions and words are good, bad or even worth being concerned about. Some peace-minded Christians...

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