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As Humans, we have a tendency to compartmentalize and stereotype, grouping things by labels in order to better or more easily understand them. This is a useful trait: We can have snap-decision knowledge that red berries or brightly-colored frogs are deadly, helping us to survive the wilderne…

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As Homestead Mennonite Church continues to prayerfully seek God's will in filling the role of pastor in our congregation, we also continue to be blessed to have diverse members of the Body of Christ deliver messages of wisdom, hope, and love to our participants. In our most recent remote cor…

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To me, that sounds like such a picturesque line. I’m a writer, I’ve got a hundred stories floating through my head at any given moment, and when I heard one of my characters say this, it brought a smile to my face.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now reaping what he sowed. He and his Democratic colleagues created a high standard -- a litmus test that can only be passed through a person being totally infallible. People make mistakes and do bad things, but that doesn't make them evil -- and certainly not even bad. …

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The Keystone Pipeline System was supposed to create 11,000 American jobs in 2021, but President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the project. Now the company in charge is suing the U.S. government for $15 billion.

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It’s the end of spring, early summer, and though an air-conditioned house staves off the Florida heat, I still find myself sweating. My brother and my annual academic evaluations have begun. To fail this evaluation would mean that my parents had wasted their time homeschooling me. Also, it w…

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Congressional Democrats and their media allies are using the Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona's anti-fraud voting laws as a pretext to ram through a federal takeover of elections. The Democrats' legislation, the For the People Act, makes widespread election stealing possible to lock in…

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The existence of suffering in our world is demonstrably irrefutable. Poverty, hunger, violence, abuse, oppression, disease, and natural disasters are all unfortunate but factual aspects of our reality of which we are reminded daily in news headlines. While there are those who attribute these…

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Owning a building requires dedication. Locks jam, roofs leak, lights burn out, air conditioners break, with chairs to polish, floors to mop, fire extinguishers to get inspected; the cycle of maintenance never stops.

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There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the topic of human rights, life, and abortion recently. Between the fact that these are hot issues among voters in our country, to the fact that the Supreme Court recently decided to consider a Mississippi case limiting abortion, which may give …

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I recently came across the term "white-savior movies." According to critics, this is a type of film that features a white hero or heroine entering the life of a helpless, troubled, often clueless Black person and, as one Black critic puts it, "swoops in" to turn his or her life around.

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As a worship leader of Homestead Mennonite Church, I try to discern the best ways to help my congregation worship God and connect with each other.

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In the brilliant novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities," author Tom Wolfe describes what he calls the intense media interest in covering "The Great White Defendant."

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How will future historians explain this? From 2001 to 2014, majorities of Americans, including supermajorities of blacks and non-Hispanic whites, told Gallup pollsters that "race relations" were either very or somewhat good.

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Disney’s popular show The Mandalorian follows Din Djarin, an orphan raised by the Mandalorian people. Throughout the show, we see the bounty hunter do his work. Occasionally, we also see the interaction that he has with other masked Mandalorians. When they speak, they always remind each othe…

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All of us have faced failure. We are never done failing unless we are done trying. “He who never makes a mistake never makes anything.” Some attribute this quote to Abraham Lincoln. I wouldn’t think that anyone wants to fail, but then again, I am surprised daily by what people want. The reas…

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“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” This is the question uttered by Elisha in 2 Kings 2:14 after his mentor, Elijah was taken up suddenly in a chariot of fire. It’s an extraordinary account of God’s powerful interactions with some of the most historical figures of the Jewish and Christia…

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It’s March 2021. It’s officially one year since our church uspended worship services (as well as other ministries).

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With reparations, there is the issue of who pays. Do African countries owe reparations to Black Americans? After all, Harvard's director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Henry Louis Gates, wrote that 90% of those enslaved and shipped to the New World were s…

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Imagine that your life story was put into a book and it became a best seller. Next, you get a phone call, and it is a famous director that wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to pick who will play you. I am sure you would want to embellish certain events in your life and ignore…

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One of the features of the "Star Trek" mythos that many find appealing is the summary of a Vulcan philosophy exemplified in the expression "infinite diversity in infinite combinations." The earliest portrayal of this is observed in an episode of the original series titled "Is There in Truth …

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Last week, I testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties regarding H.R. 40: Examining the Path to Reparative Justice in America. In other words, reparations. This is the first part of the statement I submitted:

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Do you have a favourite Bible verse? If so, why is it your favourite? Is it a beautifully written piece of literature, or does it mean something special to you?

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Our nation and society are in big trouble! As our people have been squeezed more than any other time in recent history, societal cracks and weaknesses have become exposed. Much that has been hidden has come to the

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One of the many things that I appreciate about the Bible is its uncanny ability to meet readers where they are. If you’re discouraged, for example, you can find passages that will lend encouragement. If you’re doubtful, there are passages that inspire faith. If you’re confused, there are pas…

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Is there a cause important enough to you that you would fight for it? I know lately saying that you will fight for something has a different meaning then it did a month ago, but only to hypocrites.

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One of the standout episodes of the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" involves the starship Enterprise's contact with an alien species, the Tamarians, whose language relies exclusively on metaphorical phrases and mythical references.

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It wasn't just Donald Trump's detractors who felt a sudden sense of relief when they heard that Twitter was blocking his feed after the storming of the Capitol and the disruption of the reading of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6. While President Trump's exact words to the crowd on th…

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Due to the pandemic, many congregations have had to change their expectations for corporate worship. Homestead Mennonite Church (HMC) is no exception.

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What do you do when things don’t turn out the way you had hoped? How can you live through times of chaos and uncertainty without having serious emotional wounds and struggles? What should your reaction be when your strength is failing after a long battle? Many of us have found ourselves in t…

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Did America go crazy in 2020? I suspect observers years hence will think so because of the responses, of both elite officials and ordinary Americans, to the COVID-19 pandemic starting last February and to the shocking video from Minneapolis police officers released over Memorial Day weekend.

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It is probably not a fallacy to state that religion has sometimes (maybe often) led people astray from God rather than leading them to a fuller understanding and relationship with him. Even considering that, it is perhaps not

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This year has been difficult for many, including Homestead Mennonite Church (HMC), my home congregation.

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I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially b…

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I have spent a lot of time since May traveling around the U.S., most recently to Colombia and Ecuador. Flying in the midst of a pandemic is challenging as one must wear a facemask for long periods of time, enduring some long flights without refreshments and experiencing many flight changes a…

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Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore's school system. What they found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore's high schools, not a si…

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If you’re like most people, then you probably are unfamiliar with Advent. There certainly isn’t any harm in that, but it truly can be a blessing to know why Advent is celebrated. Advent is the spiritual season during the weeks leading up to Christmas. It reminds us that, while we usually cel…

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Thanksgiving has become a forgotten holiday. It has become a few days off sandwiched in between the commercial successes of Halloween and Christmas. These few days off have changed from being a time set aside to thank God for who He is and what He has done, to some time set aside to devote o…

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In our current cultural environment of social distancing and remote gathering, valid questions might occur to individuals who are inclined to assess the relevance and effectiveness of Christianity and the Church, especially considering that in some cases congregational services these days ma…

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I’m a barefoot three-year-old in the backyard when my brother throws a Frisbee. I plunge between the shed and coral honeysuckle bush to catch it, but I’m too slow: The disk bounces in grass. My brother scoffs. I stamp a foot.

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News of the questionable behaviors of the leader of a famous Christian university and his wife have been reported recently, resulting in his abrupt resignation. Reports of the pending divorce and financial scandal concerning a pastor of a prominent church in our region have been made public.…