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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Always content?

Aug 1, 2016 by

I thank Thee more that all our joy Is touched with pain, That shadows fall on brightest hours, That thorns remain; So that earth’s bliss may be our guide, And not our chain. — Adelaide...

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What’s up with marriage?

Jun 20, 2016 by

People get divorced all the time. It’s always sad to hear it through the grapevine, but for the first time it happened to people I know intimately. It is devastating. While others’ tragedy has made me...

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Slippery slopes don’t always go downhill

May 9, 2016 by

Never underestimate the power of an analogy. And never simply accept it. — James K. A. Smith I am not always the most rational of persons. I’m prone to exaggeration and catastrophizing, so it isn’t...

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Even Jesus wanted some emotional freedom

Mar 28, 2016 by

My life, so common it disappears. And sometimes, even music cannot substitute for tears. — Paul Simon, “Cool Cool River” Becoming a parent meant sacrificing my time, energy and general well-being for...

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Is that us in the furnace?

Feb 15, 2016 by

Ever since childhood I’ve wondered why we know Daniel by his Hebrew name but his three friends by their Babylonian names. It’s tempting to divine some spiritual significance to the inconsistency, but...

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Cruel words as agents of change

Jan 4, 2016 by

Those were your words. You know not, you can scarcely conceive, how they have tortured me. — Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice I find it discouraging when rude people (myself included) are right...

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Dressing girls

Nov 23, 2015 by

Thus far my daughters and I have rarely fought over clothes. But the middle school years have arrived, and the annoyingly predictable phrase, “Everyone is wearing this,” has now cropped up several times. I...

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Open the wells: meditation on a hymn

Oct 12, 2015 by

Dead to the world would I be, O Father. Dead unto sin, alive unto thee. — Elisha A. Hoffman The hymn, “Lord, I am fondly,” has been popping up in my head at random times. It is intensely personal. To...

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Comfortable with hell?

Aug 31, 2015 by

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” — C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce A boy in my...

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Promises God does not keep

Jul 20, 2015 by

That’s a piecrust promise. Easily made, easily broken. — Mary Poppins I did not truly understand the magnitude of making a promise until I had children. Multiple times a day they look deeply into my eyes...

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Complementary and submissive?

Jun 8, 2015 by

Male headship and female submission — not topics I’d suggest for your next social event. They were easier to understand in an earlier time when gender roles were more clearly defined: Men generated money...

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