Transformed by the Word

Mar 23, 2017 by

Renewal 2027 is a 10-year series of events launched by Mennonite World Conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement. “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in...

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Spiritual but not religious

Mar 22, 2017 by

I am usually quite suspicious of oft-repeated expression, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Actually, “suspicious” might be putting it rather mildly. I have something bordering on a pathological...

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Inflated relief a new goal for today

Mar 21, 2017 by

Last year, Mennonite Central Committee declared its $42.2 million response since 2012 to war in Syria and Iraq the single largest crisis response in MCC history. That would be true if a dollar’s value...

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A view of heaven and earth

Mar 17, 2017 by

When I was a kid, I remember envisioning heaven as I sang hymns and praise songs at church. I remember it being a very bright, light-flooded expanse of space with gold floors, in which a huge group of people...

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Dating is worship

Mar 15, 2017 by

We know that everything should be done for the glory of God, but sometimes it’s easy to subconsciously leave some activities off the list. Such as dating. In dating, it’s easy to get our focus off...

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In need of amazing grace

Mar 13, 2017 by

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, Was blind, but now I see. I am not the biggest fan of Christian music, but this song always manages to stir...

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Save the pigs and all of us

Mar 10, 2017 by

Some churches have the best locations. When I lived on the west coast I would gaze longingly at the sight of little churches with ocean views or in the heart of leafy green neighborhoods with fruit stands and...

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Dear President Trump: Provoking God?

Mar 7, 2017 by

Dear President Trump: Lent is a season to reflect upon and repent of all in our lives that is out of sync. The Daily Lectionary readings for today are about provoking. The people provoke God to anger because...

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Supporting life during Lent

Mar 6, 2017 by

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? — 1 John 3:17 (NLT) I’ve always found it hard to...

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Holy fire and human flailing

Mar 3, 2017 by

Lord Jesus, please hear the heart of your handmaiden. I read this morning in Leviticus 10 of the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. As is the case every single time I read it, my heart aches for Aaron...

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Theology that favors whiteness

Mar 2, 2017 by

Black theology and womanist theology, the theologies written by African-American men and women, speak to white as well as black audiences. Theology for Mennonites and the still predominantly white Mennonite...

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Giving up fear for Lent

Feb 28, 2017 by

I have started observing Lent early. The hate, anger and animosity I see around me is overwhelming, and I think at its heart is fear. What are we afraid of? This is a question I have reflected on a lot this...

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Who am I?

Feb 27, 2017 by

There is one question that has haunted me for as long as I can remember: Who am I? Recently I had lunch with a good friend. After lunch we walked around the neighborhood he grew up in. It was mesmerizing to...

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Fostering faith beyond Sunday school

Feb 21, 2017 by

Nurturing and building Christian foundations is paramount for being able to create a long-lasting successful spiritual walk once a child hits adulthood. Yet too many parents fail to see the importance of...

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If refugees can’t come, we must go to them

Feb 20, 2017 by

I have heard a lot of discussion about the parable of the good Samaritan among Christians debating the crisis and President Donald Trump’s ban. What surprises me as I listen to these conversations is that...

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How to pray powerfully for peace

Feb 17, 2017 by

I’ve written before on praying for peace and how to pray for peace when you can’t find the words, but I’m still wrestling with how to pray for peace. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move a...

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Welcoming the outsider

Feb 15, 2017 by

“Thank you for talking to me,” she repeated. Taken aback by her obvious gratitude, I nodded. I didn’t view it as a favor. Our college intramural group had walked to the beach across from campus, and...

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Who says we have to respect authority?

Feb 14, 2017 by

I walked the halls of my high school, dreading (yet hoping) that my teacher would be there. Used to be my teacher, that is. It had been a few years since I’d graduated, and the hallways seemed smaller than I...

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How should we be political?

Feb 13, 2017 by

Some say that Christianity by nature is political. To a great degree, that’s absolutely true, though I think we must be careful to not simply leave it there as if Christianity is political in the way the...

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Holy Scripture in four-part harmony

Feb 10, 2017 by

The lectionary texts for Jan. 29 again reminded me of the amazing diversity we find in the authoritative writings that make up the Bible. The Psalm 15 lesson, for a start, shows us that we earn God’s...

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On submitting to rulers

Feb 8, 2017 by

During our current transition of political power I have heard a refrain that has been repeated during previous transitions of power: “Even if we don’t like who is president, we need to respect the office...

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An honest challenge to LGBTQ-non-affirming Christians

Feb 6, 2017 by

As a former “Side B” (the belief that a Christian with same-gender attraction should remain celibate) gay Christian, and a former-former “Side X” (the belief that a Christian should not experience...

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Offering my opinion

Feb 3, 2017 by

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he...

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Jesus only

Feb 2, 2017 by

Matthew 17 tells the story of Jesus taking Peter, James and John to a mountain, where they witnessed his transfiguration. The Bible says, “his face shone as the sun, and his clothes became white as light.”...

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Not who we are

Feb 1, 2017 by

The shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people has been on many of our minds over the past few days. There has been the predictable outpouring of support and outrage on social media. There have...

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