Enemy love hits us in the gut-right where it hurts. It's a body effort, a physical work. If the struggle to love an enemy doesn't rip at your gut, it's not true enemy love. At least, that's what I'm beginning to believe.<read more>
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I pledge my allegiance to God
by June Mears Driedger
Goshen College received unexpected national attention from a conservative radio host based in New York City earlier this month.<read more>
The attention came because Goshen College does not play the American national anthem before sporting events which disturbed someone attending a women's basketball game who contacted radio host Mike Gallagher. He, in turn, spoke with Bill Born, Goshen College Vice President for Student Life, about the school's position on Gallagher's radio program. Gallagher also posted on his website the college phone number, fax number, and President Jim Brenneman's email address for Gallagher's listeners to contact the school as an attempt to change the school policy.
Congressional offices report that they are receiving record numbers of ticket requests for the inauguration in January. The calls started pouring in immediately after the election, something that staffers say has never happened before.<read more>
Whether one agrees with Obama's politics or not, no one can doubt the uniqueness of this election. For the first time a majority white country has elected a non-white president. As so many commentators have pointed out--and as the wave of inauguration ticket-seekers reveals--the significance for our country is huge.
Marino died on Good Friday.<read more>
Holy Thursday should've been just like any other day. But at a LaGrange area restaurant, this day would be another tragic one for a seemingly cursed family from the small village of El Mamonal in Guatemala. Depending on whom you talk to at the restaurant, young Marino Escalante Perez was either replacing a light bulb, some water-damaged ceiling tiles or patching up the site of the water leak. Whatever the work task, Marino's fall from no more than 10 feet off the ground was enough to cause severe head trauma and require an air flight to intensive care at a regional hospital. Upon hearing word of this freak accident, I accompanied Marino's brother, Julio, to the hospital located 40 miles away. We were together in the intensive care unit on Thursday evening as well as on Good Friday when Julio had to make the excruciating decision that no family member should ever have to face; whether or not to remove his brother from life support.
We will soon enter the Advent season, and there are a variety of good resources available to help you and your church link the current situation in Israel and Palestine with the Christmas story.<read more>
The long campaign is over and on Tuesday November 4, 2008 Senator Barack Obama became President-elect Barack Obama. There is much to be said about the importance of this election and its result; about its historic significance; about the positive response of much of the world; and about the hope that many have now for a new direction for the United States at home and abroad.<read more>
As the story goes, someone once asked the famous biologist and atheist J.B.S. Haldane what creation revealed about the Creator. "An inordinate fondness for beetles," was his (possibly apocryphal) reply.<read more>
Whether or not the story is true, the point surely is. There are more than 350,000 species of beetles on earth, and scientists are continually discovering new ones. As one author noted, "Beetles have taken seriously the injunction, 'Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.'" (1)
This month's prayer for peace was written by Gilberto Flores.<read more>
Readers respond to past issues.<read more>