Bible: We reject the bunker mentality

May 4, 2020 by

Drive south out of our community toward Wichita and you’ll spot an advertisement for a bunker. It’s not a billboard, but a display of the real thing: a full-size corrugated steel hidey-hole. It looks like...

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Kriss: I’m learning to yield

Sep 2, 2019 by

When teaching classes on Mennonite polity, I say “Gelassenheit is all we have.” In our hyper-individualized world, it’s both risky and countercultural. This gelassenheit — or yieldedness, as it’s...

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Blackface in old yearbooks a reminder Bluffton is not immune to systemic racism

Mar 6, 2019 by and

Witmarsum editor’s note: Some of the images accompanying this post contain sensitive material that many may consider offensive. Bluffton University yearbooks from 1924 and 1930 include images of students...

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Yoder-Short: Privilege closes our eyes to the real story

Jun 4, 2018 by

The community Good Friday service is going as usual. Teenagers are sharing on the last words of Christ. We’re ready for the phrase, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” “A...

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Disparity of wealth

Apr 24, 2017 by

Richard Showalter’s “Disciples Rich and Poor” (World Neighbors, Feb. 27) raises perhaps the most important dilemma of Christian discipleship: disparity of wealth. If it is indeed our call to live like a...

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Who am I?

Feb 27, 2017 by

There is one question that has haunted me for as long as I can remember: Who am I? Recently I had lunch with a good friend. After lunch we walked around the neighborhood he grew up in. It was mesmerizing to...

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What we might unintentionally say when we gather

Apr 18, 2014 by

Over the course of the last few years, I have been a part of more conversations than I care to admit and/or remember about Christian conferences, gatherings, conventions, etc. and why they lack diversity....

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