Waiting for God to act

Dec 12, 2018 by

Advent is for waiting. As we tell the story of redemption through the church calendar we begin our telling of the sacred story, not with doing, not with celebrating, but with waiting — waiting for God to...

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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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Precious in God’s sight

May 7, 2018 by

Heard any good prophecy lately? Not the kind that predicts the future. The kind that awakens the moral conscience, rebukes sin and energizes hope. Mennonite Church USA has received just such a prophecy this...

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Israel fulfills prophecy

Feb 12, 2018 by

I respect J. Denny Weaver’s teaching and scholarship, but “On Jerusalem, Leave Prophecy Out of It” (Blog, Jan. 1) is a bridge too far. Weaver rebukes evangelicals who justify the actions of Israel by...

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Fake-news theology

Jan 29, 2018 by

According to J. Denny Weaver (“On Jerusalem, Leave Prophecy Out of It,” Blog, Jan. 1), biblical prophecy is only meant for the audience the prophet was speaking to. Never mind that Isaiah’s prophecy of...

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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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Bible: Tasty scroll with bitter words

Jul 17, 2017 by

During children’s time in the church basement when I was a child, often we saw an “object lesson.” The teacher had some ordinary object from home — an egg, a needle and thread, a jar full of beans —...

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Bible: Reluctant prophets of doom

Jul 3, 2017 by

These lessons are about reluctant prophets. Isaiah wasn’t worthy, and Jeremiah was too young. Or so they thought. Isaiah’s call came in a vision “in the year King Uzziah died.” Uzziah had been king of...

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Bible: Come, all who thirst

Nov 7, 2016 by

Water. The source of life. We need it to survive: to drink, to water the plants we eat. From our very beginnings we rely on liquid sustenance, growing strong while carried in our mothers’ bodies — a kind...

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Countdown to the end?

Jul 18, 2016 by

The British vote to withdraw from the European Union set off a scramble to predict the political and economic implications. Biblical prophecy devotees also took notice. It’s become an article of faith among...

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Is Christianity too focused on the end times?

Feb 23, 2016 by

In 2012 I was 11 years old and in grade 6. My teacher (we’ll call her Mrs. Rose), a lovely lady and deeply devout in her faith, made an outrageous claim that showed pure ignorance. She suggested that we were...

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Opinion: Jude’s warnings come true

Sep 28, 2015 by

“Read the Book of Jude.” That was the message I received nearly nine months ago in a prophetic dream about Mennonite Church Canada’s first same-sex wedding. I have been focused in study and prayer...

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The Lord will raise a prophet

Feb 5, 2015 by

I spent a few days this week away from my home in Durham, N.C., in another southern town, visiting with young people who’ve relocated to under-resourced neighborhoods there. They told me what they’ve...

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