Trust not in division

Oct 22, 2018 by and

From church divisions to political mudslinging, trust is in short supply. Mennonite Church USA’s Southeast Mennonite Conference voted Oct. 5-6 to leave the denomination. The U.S. election — finally mere...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

Oct 17, 2018 by

Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been...

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Americans, this is who you are

Jul 20, 2018 by

My American friends have been apologizing for how their president is behaving on the international stage — castigating Canada, undermining NATO, praising dictators, starting trade wars. “This is not who we...

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Pray, look for good

Feb 12, 2018 by

I agree with Louis Lehman (Letters & Comments, Jan. 15) that we are to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Our choices in the 2016 U.S. president election were not ideal, but let’s get over it...

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A glimpse of hope

Jan 23, 2017 by

The past week has been a very challenging week. The inauguration on Friday of a new president, followed by protest marches across the U.S. and around the world, have had many of us oscillating between despair...

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Prayer for President Donald Trump

Jan 20, 2017 by

I wrote this prayer for President Obama, and I adjust it for President Trump. I am committed to praying for this our new president and for our country. I hope you will too. As Peter said during the time of...

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Powell: Surviving the flood

Jan 16, 2017 by

Several days after Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States, religious leaders in Buffalo, N.Y., invited me to a meeting that explored ways to address the fear gripping their city. Noting the...

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Showalter: Political groupthink

Jan 16, 2017 by

Christians around the globe followed the U.S. election with as much interest as did citizens of the United States. Election Day found me in an international meeting in Germany. I went to bed long before the...

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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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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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King: ‘A treaty between your love and mine’

Dec 19, 2016 by

In distress, my daughter who loves the music of Leonard Cohen phoned us just after the U.S. elections. Cohen, she said, was dead. I was reminded of the prior Sunday when Cohen’s just-released “Treaty”...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Making sense of a presidential election in 1960

Dec 19, 2016 by

As a volunteer in the Brethren in Christ Church and Messiah College Archives, I am currently working on indexing Evangelical Visitor articles from the 1960s. I recently came across an editorial titled...

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Resisting the age of Trump with the love of Jesus

Dec 6, 2016 by

Denial is giving way to harsh reality. This is really happening. Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States for the next four years. A Trump presidency threatens the safety and well-being...

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Waiting for liberation

Dec 5, 2016 by

Jesus was born into a community of second-class citizens waiting for a liberator. Those who experienced the first Advent endured the weight of oppression — the Roman Empire’s occupation of Judea. Those of...

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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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Powell: Drum majors for justice

Dec 5, 2016 by

During the height of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed an audience at the National Cathedral in Washington. He alluded to Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle. Rip went into...

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5 steps toward drama-free holidays

Nov 22, 2016 by

So, it’s finally here. The holidays are upon us, and there’s no turning back, and no avoiding them. I don’t know about you, but while I’m looking forward to the holidays, and while I want to be able to...

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Evangelicals and the U.S. election

Nov 21, 2016 by

One thing about the recent U.S. presidential election: Nobody can say religion didn’t matter. By now the story is very familiar; 81 percent of white evangelical voters supported President-elect Donald...

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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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Biased attack

Nov 21, 2016 by

As I read “Rape Culture Exposed” (Editorial, Oct. 24), I was sure I was going to read about Bill Clinton’s escapades, which included a long-term affair and many other proven sexual assaults, all with...

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Kriss: Sweet communion

Nov 21, 2016 by

At 3 a.m. Nov. 9, my phone flashed updates so vigorously it woke me up. I rolled over to verify what I had expected from the election news coverage before going to sleep. Donald Trump had been elected...

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Revisiting ‘Finding Nemo’

Nov 18, 2016 by

The election is over and progressive Americans are in shock. This wasn’t their expected outcome. Now what? As a white, straight male I want people to know that I am not a racist, hater, Islamophobic or...

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A cold and broken hallelujah

Nov 16, 2016 by

If the church can’t unite against hatred and bullying, the church isn’t worth its salt. The U.S. nation is divided. The church is divided. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not divided. The gospel says without...

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