The necessity of finishing

Mar 31, 2015 by

This is from a Lenten series on the seven last words of Jesus. The following is on the sixth word, John 19:30. “It is finished.” It began with a barnyard birth and a flight from a murderous king. It began...

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What kind of Bible?

Mar 30, 2015 by

This book is neither a Bible commentary nor a Bible study. It is a personal reflection based on a life of pastoral ministry and social service. The author is now serving as pastor of two small Presbyterian...

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Jesus didn’t just look human

Mar 30, 2015 by

When I taught Bible at Messiah College, I often had students from fundamentalist churches. They certainly knew their fundamentals, one of which was “Jesus is God.” As we studied the Gospels, they never...

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Letting Jesus out

Mar 12, 2015 by

Lent caught me flat footed this year. I was in the produce aisle at Wal-Mart, looking for onions when I noticed the heavy ash cross on the forehead of another shopper. “What? It’s Ash Wednesday already?”...

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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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On the 12th day Of Christmas

Jan 5, 2015 by

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. — Paul, Acts 17:24 It’s almost impossible to think of congregations...

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Are you looking for Jesus?

Dec 22, 2014 by

As we celebrate Christmas, people who are marginalized are living in hope of the just society that Christ’s birth promised. They are seeking Jesus to find equality and justice. Looking for Jesus is not a new...

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Jesus was tortured to end all torture

Dec 16, 2014 by

I grieve over torture. I grieve not only for those subjected to abuse no human being should be forced to endure. I grieve not primarily as an American citizen who feels ashamed of the morally bankrupt national...

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Jesus laughed

Dec 8, 2014 by

Sarah Kehrberg (Cramer Avenue, Nov. 10) accurately portrays Jesus’ earnestness but seems to indicate he had little or no sense of humor. She writes: “He tells no jokes; his stories are not funny. And...

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Demonstrating Christ

Dec 4, 2014 by

“Be patient,” they say. “Be peaceful,” they say. “Just wait,” they say, “for this is how Christ behaved . . . MLK behaved . . . the truly godly behave.” But I...

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I like Jesus. Do I have to be Religious?

Nov 24, 2014 by

Are you tired of the hypocrisy and greed of prosperity gospel preachers? Fed up with politicians appealing to religious sentiments in order to win elections and start wars? Do you feel like there must be...

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Don’t throw in the towel on politics yet

Nov 4, 2014 by

There are plenty of reasons for cynicism or disillusionment with government in general, and electoral politics in particular. However, before throwing in the towel, I recommend reading, “Ten Things You...

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Opinion: Finding the center

Oct 13, 2014 by

What have we done with God’s good news? The church tends to define the good news as something we have — and if you become like us, we may let you in on it too. My vision for the Mennonite church is simple:...

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Acting like a state: ISIS, the U.S. and Jesus as Lord

Sep 22, 2014 by

Like most Americans, I’m horrified by each new story I read about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham). A friend who works in the region wrote weeks ago to tell me ISIS had taken Rutba, the Iraqi town...

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Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth

Aug 19, 2014 by

I love being a foster care provider for handicapped adults. I love Our Girl Audrey and Blind Linda fiercely, protectively and I am so grateful that our family has had the opportunity to have them as part of...

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Is Jesus religious?

Aug 6, 2014 by

All my life I just assumed that Jesus is a religious figure, the founder of Christianity. And why wouldn’t I? We Christians are definitely part of a religion, and our practice of Christianity absolutely...

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How would Jesus vote on hot topics?

Jul 28, 2014 by

I read an article on Huffington Post about a new survey by a nonpartisan organization called YouGov of self-identified Christians. Asked how they believe Jesus would vote on various hot current topics,...

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Anabaptist readings: Christ the center

Jul 15, 2014 by

Each and every person is formed by something. Our history, family, culture and life decisions (both good and bad) shape us to be who we are today. We don’t get to choose whether we are formed. But we do get...

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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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Jesus and racial reconciliation

Jun 26, 2014 by

If you were to read an account today of a white man offering his front row seat on a public bus to an elderly African-American woman, you’d probably think this was a nice gesture, but nothing more. However,...

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The hard edge of Jesus

Jun 24, 2014 by

I hang out with a diverse group of friends and sometimes strangers (who don’t stay strangers for very long) on Wednesday nights. We’ve been taking turns picking Jesus stories to uncover and apply, among...

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Let’s talk about the Third Way

Jun 6, 2014 by

If you have been reading recent statements by Mennonite Church USA leaders, or even engaging in more private conversations about the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the Mennonite church, you have heard the term...

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A spirit next to you

May 26, 2014 by

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. — Christina Rossetti One of the gifts of spiritually mentoring children is the opportunity to...

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In the streets of my city

May 26, 2014 by

An elderly woman sleeps nearby the Dunkin’ Donuts where I stop each morning to get a cup of coffee. A sunburned old man with a scraggly grey beard and tattered clothing greets me at the door of...

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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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