A journey to cover

Oct 2, 2018 by

“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was...

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Too political — or not

Jun 14, 2018 by

Some folks withhold funds from AMBS because in their view, AMBS is “too political.” Others suggest with anger that AMBS isn’t political enough. We have heard from both sides within the past month. It...

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What Jesus’ ascension means for us

May 10, 2018 by

So Christ ascended to heaven. What’s the big deal with that? Workers get Ascension Day off in a few places around the world, and they fly kites in Bermuda. But there are no Ascension Day sales events here in...

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He goes lower still

Mar 26, 2018 by

God is immense. He spread the universe with one wave of his hand; billions of galaxies spanning light years, completely unseen and unreachable by man. This same God created the intricacies of our bodies that...

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Our higher calling: Jesus’ rival nation

Dec 8, 2017 by

I was recently exploring how different institutions use vision statements to appeal to their audience. One statement stood out to me from a college that professes Christianity in New York: “We exist to...

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Medium, message and Jesus: Future Church Summit observations

Jul 24, 2017 by

Think of a memorable scene from a favorite film. Conjure it in your imagination: characters speaking and acting, musical score playing. Now imagine it without music or with different music — it becomes a...

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Jesus is ascended, not absent

May 25, 2017 by

Ascension Day. It’s the most obscure of all the major holy days on the Christian calendar. Coming 40 days after Easter, it commemorates the Ascension of Christ. The Christian calendar is designed to tell the...

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The cults of Caesar and Christ

May 3, 2017 by

The original name for what would eventually became known as Christianity was “the Way.” You won’t find “Christianity” in the Bible, but you will find “the Way” seven times in the book of Acts. If...

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No Tomahawk missiles in the kingdom of God

Apr 12, 2017 by

This post is a sermon (audio version here) given April 9, 2017 at Washington City Church of the Brethren. Our gospel reading this morning is about Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, just days before...

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Where faith belongs

May 23, 2016 by

The field of candidates for the U.S. presidency has narrowed to the point where many followers of Jesus despair over the choices. Every election brings some disappointment, but this year, both of the dominant...

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Ascended, offered life

May 9, 2016 by

While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. — Luke 24:51 This past Thursday (and Sunday), we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord. If you’re Amish, it’s a great...

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How Jesus rope-a-doped the devil

Apr 18, 2016 by

The phrase “rope-a-dope” refers to a boxing tactic of pretending to be trapped against the ropes, goading an opponent to throw tiring ineffective punches. Muhammad Ali popularized this technique in his...

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Could empire be a good thing?

Apr 14, 2016 by

For me, and most people I know, the word “empire” has a negative connotation. As well it should. The economic and military might of human empires has been one of the most destructive forces in history....

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Palm Sunday, partisan politics and the power of the cross

Mar 18, 2016 by

We remember it in the church as Palm Sunday. This is the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It’s the day when Jesus of Nazareth pre-planned a comical, yet prophetic event, in order to fulfill...

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