How to pray for your enemies

May 23, 2017 by

What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who...

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How to pray powerfully for peace

Feb 17, 2017 by

I’ve written before on praying for peace and how to pray for peace when you can’t find the words, but I’m still wrestling with how to pray for peace. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move a...

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How to celebrate Advent like Mary

Dec 5, 2016 by

To celebrate Jesus’ coming, Mary did not light Advent candles or put up a Christmas tree. Not that there’s anything wrong with these things. At church, we’re counting the four weeks before Christmas by...

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How God makes a miracle

Jun 16, 2016 by

How does God make a miracle? In the beginning, God spoke and created the miracle of life. In the gospels, Jesus spoke and healed the sick. In Acts, the Spirit of God descended in a mighty wind and spoke...

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Praying about mental illness when you can’t find the words

May 17, 2016 by

Last year I suggested that one way the church can stop hiding mental illness is by recognizing that the Bible includes stories of people with mental illness: like King Saul, King Nebuchadnezzar, the man living...

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Hurrah! God loves us!

Mar 21, 2016 by

Five years ago, I preached on the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4, and how we sometimes treat life as a test for God. So, if my husband is healed of cancer, then hurrah! — God passes the test, and I know...

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22 time-tested ways to love your pastor

Apr 30, 2015 by

Thriving in ministry doesn’t depend solely on what any one pastor does or doesn’t do. Congregations play a critical role. I know that my church has done a great deal to support and enable me to thrive. So...

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I am an Anabaptist, too

Jun 9, 2014 by

I’ve written about my online communities before, each represented by a badge in the footer of my blog and each with its own unique emphasis. I’m learning a lot from each group — in areas that we have in...

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