Bible column: Miracles, if we’re paying attention

Oct 8, 2018 by

At my church we recently concluded a sermon series in which we answered questions submitted by the congregation. One of the submissions read, “Do miracles really happen?” I regularly talk with people who...

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Do you want to be made whole?

May 22, 2017 by

There are reasons why we are not whole. Sometimes the fault is not our own; sometimes our un-wholeness is a result of the choices of others. Sometimes we are dealt illness that cannot be cured; we are captive...

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Portrait of global Anabaptism

Dec 12, 2016 by and

Results of a Mennonite World Conference survey of 24 member conferences show the church is growing and the gospel is spreading, primarily in the Global South. Many observers already knew MWC’s growth is...

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Showalter: Thailand testimonies

Oct 24, 2016 by

Thailand has Anabaptist Christians of many stripes. In Western terms, there are churches related to Mennonite Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Church Canada, Lancaster Conference, Virginia Conference,...

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Pentecost wasn’t a mistake

Aug 15, 2016 by

I’ve never viewed Pentecost as a mistake. The first time I read the remarkable account in Acts 2 of how the Holy Spirit filled Jesus’ disciples with miraculous power so that they could speak other...

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How God makes a miracle

Jun 16, 2016 by

How does God make a miracle? In the beginning, God spoke and created the miracle of life. In the gospels, Jesus spoke and healed the sick. In Acts, the Spirit of God descended in a mighty wind and spoke...

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Bible: That’s your first miracle?

Jan 18, 2016 by

It’s no small thing to choose a first miracle. After all, this will be your public introduction, the image that will travel with your name as word of you gets out. Pundits and commentators will pick it apart...

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Murkiness, comfort and hope

Sep 30, 2015 by

This is the first resurrection story in the Bible. Amidst all the miracles of the Hebrew scriptures — creation and the flood and the plagues and the red sea parting and the water in the wilderness — here...

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Scandalous miracle

Sep 28, 2015 by

It was a miracle. Jun Yamada, suffering from an aggressive leukemia, was on his death bed. He lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest. The doctors told the family he was unlikely to live more than half...

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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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