Yoder-Short: What if Jonah came to us?

Dec 9, 2019 by

After hearing a series of sermons on Jonah, I’ve started seeing this reluctant prophet in unexpected places. Jonah used to be safely confined to a wooden puzzle at my Aunt Ruth’s. You removed the big fish...

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Yoder-Short: Creation still groans

Oct 28, 2019 by

I’ve heard creation care is a liberal agenda that puts its concerns ahead of national well-being. This got me wondering: Was Paul labeled an eco-freak when he heard creation groaning (Rom. 8:22)? We often...

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Yoder-Short: Annoying persistence

Sep 16, 2019 by

Is it ever OK to nag about injustices? Do we remain too quiet when all around us vulnerable children, the marginalized and widows find no justice or are even ridiculed? Does Jesus’ parable of the unrelenting...

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Yoder-Short: Messy situations, then and now

Aug 5, 2019 by

The timing of information entering our thoughts can create loud clashes. The same week I was rereading the story of Hagar, I heard a plea to not compromise on God’s Word, to hold on to the Bible as our moral...

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Yoder-Short: Waiting in line for water

Jun 24, 2019 by

Growing up on a farm, one of my jobs was to carry water to the chickens. I thought I was working hard. I carried water maybe 30 feet, sometimes making two trips so the bucket wouldn’t be too heavy. The water...

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Yoder-Short: I follow Apollos!

May 13, 2019 by

I confess, at times I judge people by their hats. We don’t need hats to tell us our society and our churches are plagued with divisions. Divisions are nothing new. They are as old as tribes, as old as us and...

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Yoder-Short: The finger of blame

Apr 1, 2019 by

It is convenient to blame a foreigner, a religious outsider, a domineering woman. Who is to blame for Israel’s unfaithfulness? Who is to blame for Naboth’s death? Conveniently, we blame Jezebel. Israel had...

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Yoder-Short: Innocent words gone awry

Feb 18, 2019 by

Bluebird, girl, noncradle — all innocent words. Sometimes it isn’t what we say; it’s how we say it. If you were a bluebird in my first-grade class, you were teased. “Bluebird” was an innocent label...

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Yoder-Short: Brave enough to speak

Jan 7, 2019 by

How brave are we at speaking up in the face of opposition? We all remember times when we stayed silent knowing that our opinions would not be welcome. It’s easy to fall in line with the surrounding tone. I...

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Yoder-Short: Rizpah’s protest

Nov 19, 2018 by

“Woman’s Pro­test Exposes Cruel Political Ploy.” This could be a headline for the present day or for the story of Rizpah. We don’t hear much about Rizpah. Her perplexing narrative is found in 2 Sam....

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Yoder-Short: The two who dropped dead

Oct 8, 2018 by

A group of teens started listing why they disliked certain Bible stories. It began with Job and ended with Ananias and Sapphira. “What kind of God kills people for lying?” Certain biblical passages make us...

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Yoder-Short: To be great or humble?

Aug 27, 2018 by

“More to the right!” “No, go left!” “From where I stand it looks like you just need to center it.” We are on a youth-group service trip. The shouting isn’t about politics. It is about locating...

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Yoder-Short: The trophy queen says ‘no’

Jul 16, 2018 by

No more bathing suits at the Miss America Pageant. Is the culture of female objectification finally fading? Snags in male domination are old news. Long ago, a woman from a different culture said “no” to...

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Yoder-Short: Privilege closes our eyes to the real story

Jun 4, 2018 by

The community Good Friday service is going as usual. Teenagers are sharing on the last words of Christ. We’re ready for the phrase, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” “A...

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Yoder-Short: Are leftovers enough?

Apr 23, 2018 by

While preparing for our church’s turn at Free Lunch, my mind fills with tricky questions. How many guests really like coming? Are we hosting just to appear generous? Are we trying to rid ourselves of the...

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Yoder-Short: Stories rely on empathy

Mar 12, 2018 by

Have you ever wondered about her story, that woman caught in adultery? We know nothing about her situation. Contrast this with the Samaritan woman, where we know about her five husbands and her latest live-in...

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Yoder-Short: Sparrow watcher

Jan 29, 2018 by

“God sees the sparrows.” This phrase’s comforting appeal melted as I watched our cat dining on a sparrow. Life can be bloody and cruel. God seeing sparrows didn’t change this bird’s demise. Jesus’...

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Yoder-Short: A world of competing saviors

Dec 18, 2017 by

The committee deliberated whether the donated yard sign would be posted. There was disagreement. In the end, it was decided that the sign sounded too political.“No matter where you are from, we are glad you...

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Yoder-Short: Too much bloodshed

Nov 6, 2017 by

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech, that I must live among the tents of Kedar. Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. — Psalm...

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Yoder-Short: Boasting of inferiority

Sep 25, 2017 by

“If you’d have known his grandma’s family, you’d understand his actions.” The conversation was making me uncomfortable. Then it happens again. A different family is assessed: “Stubbornness shows up...

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