A God who likes to have fun

Apr 17, 2018 by

Imagine what our lives would look like if they really flowed to the rhythm God intends for us. Imagine what a sustainable pace that allows time for work and rest, solitude and community, fasting, feasting and...

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How can we judge those outside the church?

Apr 16, 2018 by

When I got home from work, the unopened envelope was sitting there on the desk. I knew what it was before I even read it. It was a jury duty summons to the Tehama County Superior Court. Though I had never...

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Who are the slaves serving us?

Apr 9, 2018 by

Since by definition slaves have virtually no control over their living conditions or their compensation, is slavery a thing of the past? Unfortunately, there are still an untold number of sex slaves and...

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‘If you love me…’

Apr 5, 2018 by

After the resurrection of Jesus, there were still things he needed to teach the disciples before his ascension to heaven. The disciples, no doubt, had guilt about their disappearance during his trial, his...

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How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

Apr 2, 2018 by

How do we know Jesus rose from the dead? We discussed this question at Followers of Jesus Church Atlanta as part of our Easter celebration. How would you answer it? The resurrection is the basis for our...

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Forgiveness for the third and fourth generations

Mar 29, 2018 by

A few years ago I learned that a Native American coffee shop was opening near my church. A native business other than a casino got my attention. I found this place to be one of the friendliest social gathering...

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Be careful what you ask for

Mar 27, 2018 by

I was at a lunch recently where Matt. 20:20-28 was read devotionally before the meal. It’s the passage where the mother of James and John seeks to stake out some territory for her sons in the kingdom of God...

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He goes lower still

Mar 26, 2018 by

God is immense. He spread the universe with one wave of his hand; billions of galaxies spanning light years, completely unseen and unreachable by man. This same God created the intricacies of our bodies that...

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Mennonites’ crisis of secularism

Mar 23, 2018 by

My millennial generation is post-Christian, and we in Mennonite Church USA urgently need to talk about this. In the United States, religious engagement among youth is at a low not seen in decades, if ever, and...

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Should a church have rules?

Mar 19, 2018 by

Growing up, I was mostly very compliant with rules of any sort. I didn’t just accept everything at face value — I often turned things over in my mind and tried to make sense of them — but I didn’t...

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A compelling witness of citizenship

Mar 14, 2018 by

In a country torn apart by political turmoil, Christians need to stand up and disrespect and demonize the government. If we are going to create real change, this is justified and necessary. Wait, is that what...

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‘Step onto your land’

Mar 13, 2018 by

On the first day of the Mennonite Central Committee Ottawa Office student seminar, MPs and government officials explained to us all the reasons why Canada will not pressure Israel to end the military...

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The foolish voices of God

Mar 12, 2018 by

For love of the world, God did foolish things. As you can imagine, I have thought a lot about this over the past couple of weeks and I find myself asking some challenging questions as a result. Who are the...

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Receiving God in silence

Mar 7, 2018 by

“And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord...

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Machines don’t harvest crops — farmers do

Mar 5, 2018 by

A tongue-in-cheek parable in the midst of a national debate over gun control: Every year, an increasing number of grain and other crops fall prey to ruthless decapitation and violent forms of plant destruction...

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No guarantees for this life

Mar 5, 2018 by

God doesn’t promise that if we obey him we will have an awesome life. Nor a decent life. Or even life itself. Anneken Jans was a young heiress who chose to be baptized as an adult, an illegal practice in the...

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We produce what we consume

Mar 2, 2018 by

The other day, I was watching over my wife’s shoulder at a video on Facebook. It was a bunch of celebrities speaking up for gun control in the aftermath of the Florida shootings. Ho hum. These sorts of...

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Can we love our enemies and kill them?

Mar 1, 2018 by

Jesus told us to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). This has been the cornerstone of Christian pacifist theology — whether you look at the early church, or the Anabaptists or the early Pentecostals, they all...

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War will not stop us

Feb 27, 2018 by

Come to me, all you that are weary . . . and I will give you rest. — Matt. 11:28 “I always pray, God, please protect us today.” Rima Absi is speaking about the rocket fire in Damascus, Syria. She is...

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Religious freedom for all?

Feb 26, 2018 by

Because of our odd religious beliefs — like the conviction that killing is wrong — religious freedom has always been important to Mennonites. Indeed, some believe that Mennonites played a key role in the...

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Dear President Trump: Promote peace with North Korea

Feb 23, 2018 by

Honorable President Trump, I write to you because of my deep concern for this great nation and our world. There are many who think that you are primarily motivated by your concern about public image and power....

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Is voting a Christian obligation?

Feb 21, 2018 by

At the age of 18, with the upcoming 2000 U.S. presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, I did not register to vote. To this day, I still haven’t registered, even with the...

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After prayers, let’s talk about change

Feb 20, 2018 by

Waking up Feb. 15 to news of yet another school shooting — 17 dead, with more than 50 injured — I could only groan. After all, massacres have become so commonplace in the United States (it’s the...

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Finding my Jerusalem

Feb 19, 2018 by

The conversation over a fellowship lunch at church dealt with the California parents charged with child neglect and abuse of their 13 children, charges to which they pled not guilty. I noticed the men were...

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Do we want to get well?

Feb 16, 2018 by and

“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” — Prov. 26:11 We find ourselves, again, in a place of sadness, anger and pain in the aftermath of a mass shooting. A teacher and 17 students...

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