Powell: Rocks in your bed

Jul 13, 2020 by

We have been awakened to injustice among communities of color. The effect of Covid-19 cases and the brutal deaths of African Americans at the hands of police have led to a perfect storm in race relations. Our...

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Redeeming evil days

Apr 20, 2020 by

The Apostle Paul’s admonition to the church at Ephesus to “redeem the time” has always been good advice. But rarely has the reason — “because the days are evil” — felt more relevant. When times...

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Loved enough to be good

Feb 10, 2020 by

A Mennonite bishop once pointed out to me there was an area where Jesus didn’t send his disciples. In Acts 1:8, when Jesus told his disciples they would be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and...

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Yoder-Short: What if Jonah came to us?

Dec 9, 2019 by

After hearing a series of sermons on Jonah, I’ve started seeing this reluctant prophet in unexpected places. Jonah used to be safely confined to a wooden puzzle at my Aunt Ruth’s. You removed the big fish...

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Bible: You are not the worst thing you have done

Jul 8, 2019 by

You are not the worst thing you have done. These are the words that pervade each moment of my time with the women at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. Our congregation has volunteered at the...

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Red dresses, rebellion and redemption

Jun 22, 2018 by

“Red is the color of harlots. It’s the color of women in rebellion. Why would we want to have red dresses in the church when we are all well aware of what it represents?” Though the elderly preacher’s...

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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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Dwell with us

Dec 21, 2017 by

“I think that the Christian doctrine of redemption — this idea that we need to be ‘redeemed’ from something — is just wrong. And it’s done all kinds of harm.” The comment came in the...

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I pity the fool

Aug 18, 2017 by

Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va., it’s easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the streets, under...

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Waiting for liberation

Dec 5, 2016 by

Jesus was born into a community of second-class citizens waiting for a liberator. Those who experienced the first Advent endured the weight of oppression — the Roman Empire’s occupation of Judea. Those of...

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Redeemed opportunities

Nov 1, 2016 by

Where do missed opportunities go? Are they gone forever or does God redeem them by giving us new opportunities? Here in North Africa, where living intentionally should be as easy as breathing, I still miss...

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What comes next?

Oct 10, 2016 by

Cooling temperatures and autumnal scenes signal the home stretch of election season for Americans. By now, most are weary of the fear, tribalism and vitriol associated with the presidential campaign. The...

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Bible: Redeemed from the depths

Apr 11, 2016 by

You have to know something about pigs to understand these two passages from the Gospel of Luke. First-century Jews did not raise pigs; they did not eat pigs. Leviticus 11 has a list of unclean, or impure,...

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Let’s talk about sin

Oct 1, 2015 by

I have all but ousted the word “sin” from my Christian lexicon, referring instead to the more palatable sounding, “brokenness,” or the human “problem.” As a bilingual, cross-cultural worker, and a...

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