Hospitality and creation

Oct 9, 2017 by

I was recently prompted to remember an important conversation with a friend. This friend identifies “radical hospitality” as an important part of her mission and ministry. By extending and receiving...

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Communion: Where to draw the line?

Aug 1, 2017 by

One Sunday morning some years ago, I leaned against the back of a church pew, and with tears in my eyes confided to a friend. This woman is a sincere Christian, even though she’s not a member of our...

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Eat our way to joy

Jun 30, 2017 by

Joy strikes out of the blue nothingness. You can’t expect it or manufacture it or capture it. For Christians, the completeness of our joy comes from Jesus. After he taught on his abiding in us and our...

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Kriss: Sweet communion

Nov 21, 2016 by

At 3 a.m. Nov. 9, my phone flashed updates so vigorously it woke me up. I rolled over to verify what I had expected from the election news coverage before going to sleep. Donald Trump had been elected...

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On Election Day, allegiance to Jesus

Oct 17, 2016 by and

On Nov. 8, churches across the U.S. will participate in Election Day Communion, a national movement to unite Christians of all denominations, despite political differences. “The practice of communion is an...

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Eucharist as appetizer

Oct 10, 2016 by

When our local church gathering ended last week, Emily turned to me and said she was hungry. Maybe that’s not that strange — our church ends about 12:15, just in time for lunch, but it’s not...

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Myth of many mansions

Apr 11, 2016 by

This passage from John 14 is one of the most beloved in Scripture, particularly in times of loss. It’s also one of those rare biblical passages that have become so deeply embedded in Christian imagination...

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These long Advent nights

Dec 22, 2015 by

And maybe this is what heroism looks like nowadays: occasionally high-profile heroism in public but mostly just painstaking mastery of arcane policy, stubborn perseverance year after year for a cause, empathy...

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What’s with the grapes?

Sep 1, 2015 by

I love communion. I was delighted to learn that my first pastorate was in a congregation that took communion once a month (more often than many Mennonite churches). But there is one question I’ve struggled...

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