What is a call to ministry?

Jul 21, 2017 by

A long time ago in the big city, I was a graduate student studying the New Testament. My wife and I had another student and his wife over for supper, and we were talking shop: Bible and theology, church and...

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Eat our way to joy

Jun 30, 2017 by

Joy strikes out of the blue nothingness. You can’t expect it or manufacture it or capture it. For Christians, the completeness of our joy comes from Jesus. After he taught on his abiding in us and our...

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4 ways Christians can love the soil on Earth Day

Apr 20, 2017 by

Earth Day is a great time for Christians to show our love for God’s green earth. Of course, the challenge of loving the earth is knowing which part of the earth to love. There’s so much of it, after all...

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Challenging the narrative of rural decline

Oct 28, 2016 by

As the 2016 US election rattles into its final stretch, rural people and communities have gotten an ill-deserved bad rap. Commentators along the urban coastlines, seeking to understand rural voting patterns,...

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The goodness of useless things

Sep 14, 2016 by

It turns out you can eat corn smut. Who knew? The ancient peoples of Mexico, that’s who. They call it xuitlacoche, and they covet smut as a mushroom-y filling for quesadillas. I first discovered that you can...

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Knowing and caring

Aug 1, 2016 by

Even the sparrow finds a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young, At your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. — Psalm 84:3 A pair of orioles is raising their brood in...

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What makes your heart burn?

Jun 13, 2016 by

The great desert monk Antony was once asked, “What good work shall I do?” Antony responded, “Whatever you find you are drawn to in following God’s will, do it and let your heart be at peace.” (The...

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Ascended, offered life

May 9, 2016 by

While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. — Luke 24:51 This past Thursday (and Sunday), we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord. If you’re Amish, it’s a great...

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Life rooted in place

Apr 13, 2016 by

I’m convinced that the meaningful life is a life rooted in place. Paul told the church in Colossae to be “rooted” in Christ (Col. 2:6-7). Sometimes, we take this as being rooted in Christ rather than the...

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Walking in the cloud

Mar 4, 2016 by

Tired, confused, afraid and powerless before evil. That’s the disciples on the mount of Jesus’ Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-43a). Have you been there? I have. Once, after making a momentous decision, I sat...

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