Showalter: Unhealthy dependence

Jun 24, 2019 by

In a circle of East African Anabaptist leaders this spring, comments flew with dizzying rapidity. We talked about forgiveness, reconciliation and repentance. We struggled with authority and control and how to...

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The Bible leans more socialist than you think

Jun 5, 2019 by

When it comes to wealth, God clearly favors equality. I find it interesting how much attention the Bible gives to the issue of equity and justice with regard to how wealth is to be distributed. In the first...

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Meyer, Mennonites and the prosperity gospel

Jan 25, 2019 by

“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I’ve learned about faith, but it got out of balance.” — Televangelist Joyce Meyer, in a recent Instagram...

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Open letter to Jeff Bezos: Amazon or Anabaptist?

Jul 17, 2018 by

Dear Mr. Bezos, The opposition of Amazon (hereafter referred to as “your company”) to a tax law to help the homeless in Seattle was the last straw. Let me explain. After your company stopped construction...

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Bible: Blinded by wealth

Jun 4, 2018 by

Jesus engaged in numerous conflicts and controversies, leading ultimately to his crucifixion. The Pharisees were his most prominent adversaries. We should note that Jesus often took the fight to the Pharisees....

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Yoder-Short: Are leftovers enough?

Apr 23, 2018 by

While preparing for our church’s turn at Free Lunch, my mind fills with tricky questions. How many guests really like coming? Are we hosting just to appear generous? Are we trying to rid ourselves of the...

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What we’re missing

May 8, 2017 by

After pastoring and church planting for 50 years and ministering in more than 70 Mennonite congregations as a consultant, I believe something is missing from our churches. More than 2,000 Bible verses focus on...

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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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Showalter: Disciples rich and poor

Feb 27, 2017 by

“Can you find me a sponsor?” As I travel in the global church, few questions are harder for me to answer than this — or others like it. I’m happier to tackle the theological or organizational questions...

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Generosity’s benefits

Jun 6, 2016 by

Once in a while, when I can’t sleep at night, I channel surf. Occasionally, I find a channel with a preacher promising that if I just send some money, I’ll get more money in return. I’ve been warned...

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Who’s got the keys?

Apr 29, 2016 by

There’s a particular mystery to this story that I never even noticed until my professor Len called my attention to it this past fall. There are nearly 50 parables of Jesus recorded in the Bible — stories...

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America is grieving the heart of God

Jul 13, 2015 by

The tendency of wealth to entrap people in greed has been confirmed in numerous studies. Research has consistently shown that, generally speaking, the more people have, the less percentage of their income they...

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Much is given, and much will be required

Jul 30, 2014 by

At first when I heard one of the main focuses of my cross-cultural experience to Guatemala (with Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.) would be immigration, I have to admit, I was...

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I am rich

Jun 3, 2014 by

We got our income taxes done last week. Let me tell you, I was stunned by the final number — it was staggeringly low. We fall way, way below the poverty line for our area. As in, guess a ridiculously low...

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Is America God’s favored nation?

Mar 20, 2014 by

Jesus once told a parable about a rich farmer who “yielded an abundant harvest” (Luke 12:16). His crop was so plentiful he didn’t have enough space to store it. After thinking about the matter, the...

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