Scripture → 2nd-testament

“Women publish the tidings”

December 18, 2020

This article was published in the Gospel Herald in October 4, 1977, pp. 740-41 and appears here with permission. It is an excerpt of my address given to Office ’77, a conference for non-administrative staff of Mennonite institutions held at Akron, PA in June1977. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus intended that […]

Church Harmony: From our Jewish heritage to Present Experience

November 3, 2020

Also noting a widow’s account in Luke 18:2-5. This speech was presented at the All–Indian Mennonite Women’s Retreat, October 1998. It appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, self-published in 2020 We are Mennonites. Because we are members of the same Protestant denomination does not mean that we agree on everything, far from it. Nor would total […]

Peace or Well-Being: Texts from Luke’s Gospel

November 2, 2020

This speech was first presented at the 1998 All-Mennonite Women’s Retreat in India. This article appeared in Decades of Feminist Writing, self-published in 2020, 242-50. When a staff member with the “Mission, Ecumenism and Dialogue” department at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai (formerly Madras), southern India, I was invited by Indian […]

Texts of Influence in John & Acts

October 28, 2020

This original Appendix material dealing with John14:6 and Acts 4:12 appears in Multifaith Musing: Essays and Exchanges self-published by DYN in 2010, 139-48. Undoubtedly, some Christians, on reading this book, will caution, “Yes but, Jesus said, ‘I am the Way. . .’” or “In the book of Acts chapter 4. . .” The ‘staying power’ […]

Jesus’ Teachings

October 18, 2020

A Syrophoenician Woman and Jesus a Jewish Man: Mark 7:24-30 (Matthew 15:21-28) Presuming that readers have read the text for this encounter, to note Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza’s book titled But She Said takes on further meaning. That title quotes verse 28 from Mark’s account. When Jesus responded to the woman’s request for healing for her […]

Talking with a woman. . . Can this be the Christ?” John 4:4-42

October 2, 2020

“ The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well A One-Act Play first performed at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN, morning worship June 1, 1975. To: Readers (or performers) To help your understanding and reading, here are a few notes. I find this story (John 4:4-42) to be a most rich one. Many interpretations of it have […]

Early Church Women Leaders: Stories from Acts, Romans, Philippians

September 12, 2020

This version of the article appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, self-published 2020, 117-29. To engage with early church beginnings, we start with a litany of texts for two readers reading alternately. (identify texts) Mark 6:7-11 Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean […]

Pentecost Song

August 25, 2020

Hymn: Large crowds assembled in one place – based on Acts 2: 1-18To be sung with Tallis’ CanonWords by Dorothy Yoder Nyce ——- Large crowds as-sem-bled in one place,felt Spir-it wind con-sume their space.As tongues of fire split over each,the Ho-ly prompt-ed all to preach. That crowd, a-mazed, drew neigh-bors near, to check on lang-uage, […]