The ‘Christian’ politics of stone-throwing

Jul 5, 2017 by

One of the challenges in any era is what to do when there is a difference of opinion. Two key areas come to mind: theology and politics. Yep, so-called Christian politics. When I was in my 20s, I deconstructed...

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Mennonite Church USA convention: Put love in action

Jul 4, 2017 by , and

ORLANDO, Fla. — God’s unconditional love, first expressed through the gift of Jesus Christ, was the focus of the opening night of the Mennonite Church USA convention July 4 at the Orange County...

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Binding and blinding

Jun 21, 2017 by

Back in February, I remarked that Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind should be required reading for all who spend time on social media, particularly those who like to go to war over ideas. I said that this...

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Washington Witness: Social media a tool for justice

Jun 5, 2017 by

Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old African-American boy, was fatally shot April 29 by police in Balch Springs, Texas. Body camera video has been used as evidence to dismiss officer Roy Oliver and charge him with...

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Life after Trump — what next?

Nov 14, 2016 by

On the evening of Nov. 8, 2016, millions (perhaps even billions) of people flocked around their TV sets to watch the history of America unfold right before their eyes. During and well after the election,...

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Get across the table

Nov 11, 2016 by

It was fascinating to watch the three-minute video clip where U.S. President Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump met the media after spending an hour together Nov. 10 at the White House. It wasn’t...

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Let the dead bury the dead

Jul 25, 2016 by

I came to the church meeting distraught by all the negative, hateful messages that had consumed me from following too many political commentaries on social media. Those of us gathered around tables chatted...

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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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Doing something in an out-of-control world

Mar 14, 2016 by

A month ago I borrowed a chain saw and pruned our church trees. If you want to know why, I need to tell you about my job. I work Saturday night to Thursday night, which means that my Friday night is your...

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The spiritual danger of the American political season

Mar 7, 2016 by

How much of the news we watch is recycled coverage on the election? Is your Facebook newsfeed overrun with Trump this or Hillary that? I don’t know about you, but lately it seems like all the days have...

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Trying silence

Feb 29, 2016 by

Lent is a season for followers of Jesus to seek spiritual renewal, each in our own way. For some of us, renewal may involve abstaining from something. Or replacing something. Or adding something. In the United...

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On a fraught subject, a change without conflict

Apr 7, 2014 by and

An update to Bethel College’s nondiscrimination policy drew support on social media and brought attention to differences between faculty hiring processes at Mennonite colleges. Bethel’s board of directors...

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Social media as sacrament

Feb 14, 2014 by

Rachel Held Evans sent out a Tweet Jan. 24 that said: “Nearly every blogger I know is burned out right now. Why do you think this is?” I think burnout is often the product of expectations. And one...

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