Kehrberg: I wouldn’t change a thing

Jun 1, 2020 by

It’s all my own fault — my own fault; and yet I’m not guilty! — Stiva Oblonsky, Anna Karenina There is a well-worn trope in TV shows and movies when former lovers, old friends or estranged family...

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Kehrberg: Giving up my essentials

Apr 20, 2020 by

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors. — Dorothea, Middlemarch In response to COVID-19, our county issued a “stay home, stay safe”...

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Kehrberg: Let the children come

Mar 9, 2020 by

I come from a line of children without end. — J.M. Coetzee My 16-year-old daughter is getting confirmed into the Episcopal church this spring. This would be fairly unremarkable save for the fact that she was...

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Book review: Hope’s Table

Feb 24, 2020 by

Providing food for oneself and family is a daily chore. Should you decide to complete this chore by actually cooking something, your resources are legion. Traditionally, one would reach for a cookbook or maybe...

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Book review: Finding Father

Oct 14, 2019 by

The essays in Finding Father are both tender and troubled. Some are loving, elegiac tributes to men who nurtured their daughters. Others seem almost confused: “How do I love a man I don’t really...

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Book review: Unraptured

Jul 22, 2019 by

The first thing you notice when you pick up Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong, is that Rachel Held Evans wrote the foreword. Her recent death, and the hole that leaves in the Christian...

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Book review: ‘Mystics and Misfits’

Aug 13, 2018 by

About eight years ago, Christiana Peterson, her husband and daughter moved from urban Washington, D.C., to an intentional Christian community in rural north-central Illinois. Their motives were many:...

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Book review: ‘Worthy’

Jun 18, 2018 by

Someone once suggested to me that advertising exists to convince us we aren’t good enough. Whether it’s shampoo, car or a smart phone app, all can (and should) be improved upon. In my more cynical moments...

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Kehrberg: Seeking comfort and joy

Dec 18, 2017 by

During Advent, churches wait for Jesus’ birth while discussing concepts like comfort and hope, waiting and watching, peace and joy. Spiritually, I get it. But on a practical level it’s a bit of a joke. If...

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Kehrberg: Social media depression

Nov 6, 2017 by

There’s a new study out. In a nutshell: Smartphones are making this generation depressed. For the first time, the teen suicide rate was higher than the teen homicide rate in 2011. Or as the study’s author,...

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Kehrberg: Eden’s flaws a perfect model

Sep 25, 2017 by

This earth is the garden of our Lord, and he walks in his garden in the cool of the day. — Jean Ritchie, “Now Is the Cool of the Day” In a late-night chat with my daughters, we hit on the topic of sin,...

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Kehrberg: Hospitality more than a clean house

Aug 14, 2017 by

Having people over. Getting together. Fellowshipping around the table. Regardless of the phrase you use, hospitality is a difficult thing. It involves time, effort and vulnerability. The statistical data and...

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Kehrberg: Who is your Samaritan?

Jul 3, 2017 by

One of the attributes of the Good Samaritan parable is its action. It is perfect for dramatization. (One does need to pay attention to casting choices: Certain robbers may relish their role more than...

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Kehrberg: Means, ends and baking pies

May 22, 2017 by

As we walk through the world, even along the dangerous paths we have chosen for ourselves, God worries about where we put our feet. — Tony Earley Each year my church has a smoked chicken dinner and bake sale...

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Kehrberg: A Fitbit for what matters most

Apr 10, 2017 by

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it. . . . Yet. — Anne Shirley My daughter received a Fitbit for Christmas. For those unfamiliar with this technological accessory: it looks like a wristwatch, and it...

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Kehrberg: Pro-life feminist

Feb 27, 2017 by

Sadly, we were too often more deeply committed to being “red” or “blue” than to Jesus, who cannot be defined by either. — Richard Showalter For years, here in the U.S., many Anabaptists stayed out of...

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Kehrberg: I’m not good enough

Jan 16, 2017 by

My Lord God, . . . The fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that...

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Kehrberg: Strategies for Scrooge

Dec 5, 2016 by

Santa knows that we’re God’s children, that makes everything right. — Gene Autry, “Here Comes Santa Claus” I considered writing some kind of reflection on the political climate here in the United...

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Kehrberg: Just save yourself?

Oct 24, 2016 by

Selfish people always think their own discomfort of more importance than anything else in the world. — George Eliot, Middlemarch I once read an article in which a woman, portrayed as a typical “soccer...

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Kehrberg: Why do I believe?

Sep 12, 2016 by

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. — C.S. Lewis During a supper discussion about how many of their classmates...

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