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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I pity the fool

Aug 18, 2017 by

Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., it’s easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the streets, under...

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How to pray against racial hostility

Aug 17, 2017 by

Where I live in British Columbia, the smoky haze is finally clearing, and I can actually see some blue sky this morning! Yet as a province we’re still in a state of emergency due to wildfires continuing to...

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Before you punch a Nazi: A new Anabaptist response to white supremacy

Aug 15, 2017 by

There isn’t much to be surprised by in Charlottesville. There’s much to grieve, but none of it should be a surprise. All the elements of Saturday’s events have been in headlines for months, or years, and...

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Bible: Breaking a thousand-year tradition

Aug 14, 2017 by

I’m thinking of a fable where a wolf is accepted into lamb society. As Aesop tells it, the wolf in sheep’s clothing is a fraud. But Saul’s transformation is real. The sheep hunter becomes a sheep. Think...

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Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Jun 19, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues...

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‘Something like the grace of God’

May 1, 2017 by

Whenever I drive through the reserve, I’m always struck by how little seems to have changed over the past 30 years. I remember coming to play hockey here as a kid, remember how it seemed like a different...

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Known for saving life

Feb 13, 2017 by

If Anabaptist Christians want to be taken seriously as people of peace, a consistent ethic of human life should be what we’re known for. This is not primarily in a political activist sense but in our...

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Book review: ‘Both My Sons’

Feb 13, 2017 by

I’m not one of those folks who reads historical fiction and longs for the past, for a more bucolic way of life and the wonder that might accompany the discovery of new frontiers. Indeed, I know a work of...

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Beware the culture war

Jan 16, 2017 by

Since the U.S. presidential election, tensions have heightened rather than calmed. Polarizing and offensive statements by President-elect Donald Trump have made many Americans feel threatened for their...

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Supporters witness a victory at Standing Rock

Dec 19, 2016 by and

Representatives from Mennonite Central Committee were present Dec. 4 at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest when the word spread that the “water protectors” had won a...

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Places of refuge

Dec 5, 2016 by

Thank you for your thoughtful and challenging editorial, “Worthy of Our Roles? Ministry of Reconciliation Is Everyone’s Duty Now” (Nov. 21). This is an appropriate response to an election leaving the...

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A word to white men

Dec 5, 2016 by

As a white Mennonite man, I am deeply disturbed by my fellow WMM who voted for Donald Trump. I consider his discriminatory rhetoric hate speech. Voting for Trump reflects a disconnect from ethical Mennonite...

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Worthy of our roles?

Nov 21, 2016 by

Conceding the presidency to Donald Trump on Nov. 9, Hillary Clinton quoted the Apostle Paul: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”...

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After 169 years, a reunion of split conferences?

Nov 21, 2016 by and

After a split 169 years ago, two conferences are talking about the possibility of a merger. During their joint annual assembly Nov. 4-5 at Dock Mennonite Academy in Souderton, Pa., more than 240 delegates from...

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Powell: What kind of savior?

Oct 24, 2016 by

In a past column I asked, “Are you looking for Jesus?” I wrote that some people are looking for Jesus to provide material possessions. Their actions are geared to assure that people who are unlike them...

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Conference seeks faith formation for all ages

Oct 17, 2016 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Do Christians have the resources to pass on their faith to their children? The Deep Faith conference was organized to help promote faith formation for all ages. More than 100 people from...

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Missionaries of mercy

Aug 15, 2016 by

The story of thrift store manager Suzette Shreffler’s practice of dealing with thieves is inspiring and challenging. After confronting a man she caught stealing, she had him volunteer for an hour, gave him...

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Story of reconciliation with Lutherans is told

Jun 14, 2016 by and

A new chapter may be added to the Anabaptist story at the Menno-Hof information center in Shipshewana, Ind., with the creation of an exhibit about reconciliation between Anabaptists and other Christian...

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Matthew 18 doesn’t always apply

May 24, 2016 by

It’s true — I’ve publicly and strongly disagreed with some well-known Christian leaders. It’s also true that some of them have very publicly disagreed with me. In those exchanges, however, I will...

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Prejudice finds a haven

Mar 28, 2016 by

I recently returned home from Florida by way of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio on Interstate 75. As I traveled, I noticed several large Confederate flags along the way, including in Ohio. A large...

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The conflict ladder of shame

Jan 18, 2016 by

Muslims daily lock and unlock the most hallowed building of Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. This ancient structure encompasses Golgotha and the tomb of our risen Lord — both...

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Celebrating the dream of reconciliation

Jan 15, 2016 by

“He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance… Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human...

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Year of opportunity

Jan 4, 2016 by

A friend told me about an incident he experienced just before Christmas. He was awakened one morning at 3:30 a.m. in a cold sweat from a nightmare. It was Christmas morning, and his community was in flames....

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Fighters in Congo seek peace at home in Rwanda

Dec 21, 2015 by and

KIGALI, Rwanda — Mwasa Niyon Senga felt trapped as a first sergeant in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group that terrorizes villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of...

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