Choosing joy

Nov 20, 2014 by

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. — James 1:2 In the wake of my father’s death, I found myself doing something strange. I identified anything good...

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Retelling the Bible as a story of grace

Sep 25, 2014 by

At Central Christian High School, the Mennonite high school I attended, all sophomores are tasked with telling the Bible story from memory. (And from what I hear from my young cousins, they still do it to this...

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On immodesty

Aug 14, 2014 by

I was taught to fear my body. It was a dangerous stumbling block for the men around me and if I showed too much skin, men would be filled with uncontrollable urges and it would be my fault. The way I was...

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Whole and complete, not lacking anything

Jun 13, 2014 by

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, for you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so you may be whole...

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A piece of God inside us

May 23, 2014 by

As a child, I never understood the Holy Spirit. I could envision God and I could envision Jesus, but this part of the Trinity that “moved among us” was too ethereal for me to grasp. At best, I...

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The season of new things

Mar 7, 2014 by

This is my favorite season: early spring and Lent. How perfect that they coincide! Both are seasons of preparation and hope, hard work and renewal. When I reflect back on my life, the greatest personal changes...

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

Feb 18, 2014 by

As a white woman who somewhat recently moved into an area that is considered to be “gentrifying,” I try to be acutely aware of my impact on my community. Dannette Lambert’s article on “how not to be a...

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