Christ’s victory is ours

Jul 3, 2017 by

Since learning Mennonite World Conference had members in Italy, I wanted to fellowship with them, as Italy is where my dad’s family is from. MWC’s website lists 200 members of four congregations in the...

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Patience, prayer, power

May 22, 2017 by

The weeks following Jesus’ resurrection must have been an exciting time of transition for his followers. “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them...

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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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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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Why is church so hard?

May 13, 2016 by

For the past couple of years, my blog’s tagline has been: “Religion is easy; discipleship is hard.” I’m starting to think that perhaps this slogan is only half right. Discipleship certainly is hard,...

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The Gospel in translation

May 12, 2016 by

People are drawn to the story of God’s mighty acts, the story of Jesus, not simply for the story itself, but because they hear that story in their own native languages. If the apostles had been speaking...

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Not a fragile faith

Apr 28, 2016 by

In a recent Bible study, we were looking at John 20 where Jesus appeared to the disciples. Gathered behind locked doors, Jesus appeared in the midst of them and said “Peace be with you.” Then he...

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Spirit and Scripture

Apr 25, 2016 by

More than halfway through the Easter season, we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, observed May 15 this year. Seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance is a theme repeated often during...

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Spirit’s strange words

Apr 25, 2016 by

I am fascinated by the power and possibility of Pentecost. Whether the speakers were suddenly gifted with new languages or the hearers simply understood the gibberish in some way, it’s among my favorite New...

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Plan a Pentecost party

Apr 20, 2016 by

This coming May 15 is the day we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday. My overall enthusiastic response to that appears in the lyrics of a song written by late gospel legend, Andrae Crouch: “Let the church...

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Tenderly inviting all to God’s banquet

Jul 22, 2015 by

For long decades now I’ve dreamed of a setting in which we could learn how — offering each other the tenderness for which every human so longs — to pull out chairs for every single one of us who wish to...

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Adventures in mis-unity

Jun 25, 2015 by

The following is a recent sermon I preached based on Gen. 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-11. Every once in a while the Spirit lays a message on my heart that seems to fall with a particular weight. As I pray, it seems...

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Unity in a time of terror

Jun 5, 2014 by

This was going to be a post about Pentecost, a reflection on my family’s love for our city-wide Mennonite Pentecost service — a service that involves as many languages as the building can hold, a service...

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