Bible: Eyes open to wonders

Nov 20, 2017 by

Acts 3:11-21 picks up after a miraculous occurrence: Peter and John pass a beggar, lame from birth, as they go to the temple to pray. He asks them for money, and “Peter looked intently at him, as did John”...

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Bible: Come, all who thirst

Nov 7, 2016 by

Water. The source of life. We need it to survive: to drink, to water the plants we eat. From our very beginnings we rely on liquid sustenance, growing strong while carried in our mothers’ bodies — a kind...

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Bible: Holy city: heaven on earth

Oct 24, 2016 by

Revelation 21 begin with the promise of newness: “a new heaven and a new earth,” according to John, who delivers these visions to us. The old earth has passed away. The sea — a symbolic source of...

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Bible: A Savior who knows our weakness

Oct 10, 2016 by

Heb. 4:14-5:10 discusses Jesus’ role as high priest, emphasizing his divinity as one who has “passed through the heavens.” This divine focus is also turned around, however: Jesus can sympathize with us,...

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Bible: The high priest and the foundation

Sep 26, 2016 by

Heb. 1:1-9 sets the tone for the entire letter to the Hebrews with its focus on Christ, the great high priest. God “has spoken to us by a Son,” the text says, “whom [God] appointed heir of all things,...

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Bible: A prophet with swagger

Sep 12, 2016 by

I like to listen to music when I work. My favorite Spotify playlist is called “Not Scared.” It’s a collection of songs by confident women artists, compiled by the magazine Rookie and designed to remind...

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Bible: We won’t weep forever

Aug 29, 2016 by

Isaiah is a prophetic book, and these passages revel in describing what is to come for God’s people, a time when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. Among so many...

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Opinion: Pastor’s action wasn’t misconduct

Jun 6, 2016 by and

Virginia Mennonite Conference has suspended the ministerial credentials of my pastor, Isaac Villegas of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, because he officiated at a same-sex wedding. Villegas...

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Defining femininity and the misuse of Proverbs 31

Sep 22, 2015 by

Over the last 10 years or so I’ve been unlearning the interpretation of Proverbs 31 that I grew up with, a reading that governed much of my adolescence and young adult life, as it does for so many girls in...

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Love should never feel like a lost cause

Jul 6, 2015 by

I dared to hope that the decisions in Thursday’s delegate sessions at #MennoCon15 would surprise me. They did not. Yet last night I felt as stunned and hurt as if I had actually believed a better outcome was...

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Goodbyes and being the one who stays

May 28, 2015 by

My favorite yoga pose is the tree pose. I love the experience of shifting my weight to one leg, finding a center, imagining my foot sending strong roots deep into the earth to hold me, as I raise my other...

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Abide in love

May 13, 2015 by

1 John 4, the passage we are focusing on today, is deceptively simple, in that while is sounds easy enough, it’s actually quite complicated when it comes to our lived experiences. Statements about love, like...

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Reluctant prophet

Feb 4, 2015 by

If you consider the length of the Bible, or the Old Testament, or even just the prophetic books of the Old Testament, Jonah seems insignificant in comparison — both in the space he takes up, and the gravity...

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Sheep and goats, prayer and chains

Feb 2, 2015 by

Matthew 25 is a familiar passage to most Christians. Such familiarity can lead, I fear, to a kind of spiritual laziness. When we think a text is simple, when we think we know what it means, it’s easy to move...

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Feast or fast?

Jan 19, 2015 by

It seems appropriate that in the time between Christmas and Ash Wednesday our texts focus on feasting and fasting. During Advent we celebrated the liturgical new year — a time of anticipation and beginnings....

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The high priest prays too

Jan 3, 2015 by

The author of Hebrews focuses on Christ as our high priest. His chosenness, the ways in which he is different, are at the forefront in this passage. The repeated emphasis on being “of the order of...

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To breathe a prayer

Dec 22, 2014 by

After I read Luke 11:1-13, I lit a candle for Eric Garner and his family. It was the only way I knew how to pray as news rolled in that the police officer who killed Garner will not go to trial. The candle...

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Wide-eyed for angels

Dec 8, 2014 by

I teach the preschool Sunday school class at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, and every year I am amazed by what they teach me about the Bible stories I share with them — stories I’ve...

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Voice of Wisdom and Word

Nov 24, 2014 by

Hebrews opens with a contrast: God spoke in the past, but now God speaks in a new way. Even as the author of Hebrews draws our attention to the present, the text traces a thread between the God of Israel’s...

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Voices in the streets

Aug 22, 2014 by

This week I was glued to Twitter on more than one evening, watching the events in Ferguson, Mo., unfold in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. In light of these events, today’s gospel passage (Matt....

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