How to pray for the people you love

Aug 7, 2018 by

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that’s what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years...

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Prisoner, pastor find deeper connection to God together

Jan 9, 2017 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — The first time J.R. Cady met Mennonites, he was in prison at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to suicidal depression, he was sent there for psychological tests as part of his...

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Who’s got the keys?

Apr 29, 2016 by

There’s a particular mystery to this story that I never even noticed until my professor Len called my attention to it this past fall. There are nearly 50 parables of Jesus recorded in the Bible — stories...

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On stories, sadness and spoilers

Aug 17, 2015 by

I was pacing in the living room. My son had been making his way through the Harry Potter series all summer, and he was reading the climactic chapter in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince....

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Friend of homeless?

Aug 4, 2014 by

A verse of Scripture has been haunting me. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life. It was read and preached on during Sunday worship in February. Then I found it in the unifying passage of...

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Church is not Facebook

Jul 22, 2014 by

My Saturday morning began with discord. I woke up, checked Facebook, and found my newsfeed full of statuses that made me feel sick. I couldn’t stop reading, every line filling me with anger. Who were...

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How friendship saves the world

Apr 1, 2014 by

When you try to make friendships at the margins you can quickly become overwhelmed by the needs and brokenness of others. I don’t know how I can solve the problems of many of my friends. The issues are...

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How I ditched formal evangelism

Mar 19, 2014 by

My career as an unofficial evangelist began in my first year of university. I had been a Christian all my life and had been made to feel guilty about my failure to “share my faith” for many years already....

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The difficulty of having Christian friends

Mar 12, 2014 by

I’m not going to lie: even though I’m a Christian, I’m learning that having Christian friends is a stressful endeavor. Not long ago my wife and I reflected on our life one year after moving back to our...

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