8 advantages of a mobile mindset

Aug 31, 2017 by

I’ve always envied those who’ve lived in the same area their whole life. Their family is nearby; their friends know all their childhood secrets and family idiosyncrasies; their future appears more stable;...

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Book review: ‘When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?’

Jun 5, 2017 by

In the next few years, I will celebrate my 50th birthday. My sons will graduate from high school (if we’re lucky!) and we will be empty nesters. My parents will turn 80, an age that strikes me as much older...

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True or false? ‘If you’ve had an easy life, don’t try to help’

Jun 1, 2017 by

“A 20-some kid barely out of seminary shouldn’t presume to counsel a father dealing with his son’s fatal car crash.” “A happily married woman with well-behaved kids and a successful job has no clue...

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4 ways Christians can love the soil on Earth Day

Apr 20, 2017 by

Earth Day is a great time for Christians to show our love for God’s green earth. Of course, the challenge of loving the earth is knowing which part of the earth to love. There’s so much of it, after all...

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Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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Known for saving life

Feb 13, 2017 by

If Anabaptist Christians want to be taken seriously as people of peace, a consistent ethic of human life should be what we’re known for. This is not primarily in a political activist sense but in our...

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Choose love first

Jan 30, 2017 by

The difference between a death that comes at the end of a long and full life, and one that interrupts things too soon, is subjective. But you know it when you see it. Lately, there has been too much of the...

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Seeing the small things

Jan 26, 2017 by

We live in excitable and noisy times. Our heads are daily filled with big ideas, big objections, big reactions, big fears… I’ve been trying to pay attention to smaller things. I spent Inauguration Day...

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A life of total generosity

Jan 5, 2017 by

What does it take to have a life of total generosity? Work. Lots and lots of work. Hard work. Endless work. A relentless pursuit to be and do all that God would have for you. It’s a journey that will take...

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Bible: Come, all who thirst

Nov 7, 2016 by

Water. The source of life. We need it to survive: to drink, to water the plants we eat. From our very beginnings we rely on liquid sustenance, growing strong while carried in our mothers’ bodies — a kind...

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A pilgrim’s sight

Apr 11, 2016 by

As I headed for retreat in Arizona’s Verde Valley, words of Eastern Mennonite Seminary colleague Linda Alley, insights honed as spiritual director, still rang: “I imagine it as a pilgrimage. The journey...

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Resurrection lite or resurrection light?

Mar 31, 2016 by

Today I am reminded of what Michelle Webster-Hein once wrote: This morning at church I plunked out the four parts of an old hymn while above my chords the congregation’s voices took flight. And I thought of...

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What makes a life matter?

Aug 19, 2015 by

It was 36 degrees Celsius around these parts yesterday, which, for many Canadians used to considerably more chilly climes, means a general experience of sticky, sweaty unbearableness that makes us despair of...

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Finding God’s presence within the decay

Aug 17, 2015 by

More than a few people are surprised that I genuinely love working with compost. Sure, it smells bad sometimes and is occasionally slimy when it gets out of balance. But I enjoy being part of creating fresh,...

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The gospel of life

May 20, 2014 by

Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This is the heart of the gospel, and it’s the theme of John’s Gospel, repeated again and again. John 1:4, “What has...

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The King who brings an end to killing

Apr 22, 2014 by

He suffered the things we should have suffered. He took on himself the pain that should have been ours. But we thought God was punishing him. We thought God was wounding him and making him suffer.  But the...

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A gift that saved a life

Mar 31, 2014 by

More than 3,000 Canadians are waiting for a kidney transplant. Many will die while on the waiting list. Carol Penner thinks that’s wrong. So wrong, she donated a kidney herself to help someone who needed the...

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