Five years without TV: Why I joined a post-legalist cult

Thursday, May 1, 2008

In The Year of Living Biblically, journalist A. J. Jacobs set out to live according to all the commandments of the old and new testaments in their most literal form – in Manhattan no less. That meant growing a huge beard, not mixing fabrics in his clothes, stoning adulterers, not sitting on the same seat as menstruating women (a difficult task, he says, on the NY subway), and treating his slaves well – or in his case, unpaid interns…

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Technology and lowered expectations

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Jimmy stumbles out of bed just before seven, and groggy, and reaches for the first cup of conveniently perked coffee thanks to his programmable coffeemaker. Then it’s straight to the computer to begin his daily morning routine.

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When roadside bombs hit the church

Saturday, March 1, 2008

“The church is a Hummer.” That metaphor is somehow missing among the many New Testament pictures of the church. We know it is a body, a fortress, a…

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AGMs are a taste of heaven

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

I recently took a tour of several Mennonite organizations’ annual general meetings. First, the Canadian MB Conference, then Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA), and finally Mennonite Central Committee…

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Why I don’t wear a poppy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I do not wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. OK, there, I said it. I’m afraid to admit it publicly because I know it will invite scorn from others.

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Why I wear a poppy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Although our Anabaptist peace position calls us to speak against the evils of war and to work as peacemakers, we live in a country that has participated in…

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Hidden suffering

Friday, March 17, 2006

I distinctly remember the first time I forced myself to vomit. I was in high school. I had no idea that with one choice, in one instant of time, I had stuck my toe in quicksand and would never be able to get out.

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Undoing a long-standing practice

Friday, April 29, 2005

The convictions of one person can change a church, even a church conference. On July 5, 1986, at the annual meeting of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada…

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Christians and the political order

Friday, March 16, 2001

In recent months, several letter-writers have criticized the Herald for carrying articles addressing political topics (Dec. 2, Feb. 2). They have raised two basic questions: 1. Should the…

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Baptism and Church Membership: A proposal

Friday, July 14, 2000

Cheryl Janzen (MBH, Letters, Apr. 14) raised the question of baptism into a local congregation. She states, “that was never the intent of my baptism. I chose to…

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