How good is too good?

May 10, 2017 by

Have you ever had the nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something extremely important? What about that sinking or jolting feeling when you miss a step and your foot hits air? Imagine this feeling was...

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‘Something like the grace of God’

May 1, 2017 by

Whenever I drive through the reserve, I’m always struck by how little seems to have changed over the past 30 years. I remember coming to play hockey here as a kid, remember how it seemed like a different...

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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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Defining moments

Jan 13, 2017 by

Abraham Lincoln had a defining moment at Gettysburg when he began his speech, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation…” Martin Luther King, Jr. had one...

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Yoder-Short: Smudges of pain, shimmers of grace

Dec 5, 2016 by

While unpacking my bags after returning from the Women Doing Theology Conference, I noticed a smudge on my comfortable grey sweater. Was it spilled coffee or residue from shared pain? As I cleaned out the...

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The Emmaus scenario

Nov 7, 2016 by

When two travelers failed to recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus put their blurred vision to good use. As recorded in Luke 24, he kept his identity to himself as he taught Cleopas and a companion...

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5 common errors when Christians disagree

Sep 19, 2016 by

Note: This is a full-out, “chip-on-my-shoulder” rant. I tried to soften the blog post by using personal pronouns and not giving specific controversial examples, but I can’t deny that I’m annoyed and...

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A good Christian

May 2, 2016 by

Most of us who fall into the “Christian” category of humanity walk around with at least some conception of a “good Christian” in our heads. It might not be a very good conception. It might not be very...

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How a fixation on Psalm 23 may hinder us

Apr 21, 2016 by

Like almost everyone else in the whole world, I love the Shepherd’s Psalm. It well deserves its place as our most favorite passage in the entire Bible. Even unbelievers are familiar with Psalm 23....

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‘Classic injustice collectors’

Feb 5, 2016 by

It was an ordinary Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016, to be exact. I was straightening up my kitchen, doing meds and trying to make some resemblance of order on the counter where everything gets stashed, when a...

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Abram — a better grace story

Jan 21, 2016 by

One of the heroes of the Christian faith (heck, he’s a hero for Christians, Jews and Muslims, let’s be honest) was Abram. Because I can’t speak as a Jew or Muslim, I can only go from a Christian...

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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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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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Of whiskey priests and ragamuffins

Sep 23, 2015 by

It was author Graham Green who popularized the idea of the whiskey priest, a flawed member of the clergy who, despite failings, still manages to inspire others in their relationship with God. In his novel The...

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Defining femininity and the misuse of Proverbs 31

Sep 22, 2015 by

Over the last 10 years or so I’ve been unlearning the interpretation of Proverbs 31 that I grew up with, a reading that governed much of my adolescence and young adult life, as it does for so many girls in...

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Worship service confronts convention’s wounds

Jul 6, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The emotional wounds inflicted by discourse and decisions in the Mennonite Church USA convention delegate hall were the focus of a contemplative and repentant evening worship service on...

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The feetwashing tubs

Jun 1, 2015 by

When our church, Laws Mennonite Church in Felton, Del., burned almost six months ago, one of the things that did not melt was our stack of tubs for feetwashing. Our church family still practices feetwashing....

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Is Jesus a revolutionary?

Feb 17, 2015 by

I’m starting to think that Che Guevara and the Jesus of the gospel according to Mark have an awful lot in common. I should explain, first, that I’m in the first month of My Jesus Project, a year-long...

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Skipping church

Oct 1, 2014 by

Last Sunday we, as a family, were exhausted. We, as a family, were skipping church. We go to church most Sundays. Matt and I ship our two kids dutifully off to Sunday school, and then we sit in our pew, side...

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Retelling the Bible as a story of grace

Sep 25, 2014 by

At Central Christian High School, the Mennonite high school I attended, all sophomores are tasked with telling the Bible story from memory. (And from what I hear from my young cousins, they still do it to this...

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Thought we were special

Sep 10, 2014 by

Last month Jamie and I renewed our adoption home study. The home study is the standard process through which a social worker evaluates our fitness to be adoptive parents. She teaches us about adoption. She...

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Looking for grace

Aug 4, 2014 by

On Aug. 1-3, Mountain States Mennonite Conference, the conference I am part of, will be hosting its annual assembly. This year’s assembly will be closely watched by Mennonites from across the U.S. and...

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Making the Bible less boring for kids

Jul 7, 2014 by

“Thank you God for your love. Thank you for your kindness. You are good and gracious. Alleluia.” Now imagine that sung in a faltering monotone and you get the gist of our every meal grace. My...

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Leave or loyal?

Jun 23, 2014 by

I am frustrated every time I hear of a family or church that feels the only solution to disagreement over a hot-button issues is to disassociate. Given the bridges that are being built all over the world...

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If it weren’t for Jesus, I might be pro-death too

May 15, 2014 by

Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler wrote a piece this week defending the death penalty. In his 1,200-word argument for why Christians should support the death penalty, he does not mention Jesus a single...

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