Screen-free relationships

Sep 21, 2017 by

Last week Makai started kindergarten at the same school where Cody is now in his second year. Though we are very happy with the school — and Cody loves it — a complaint arose for me within Makai’s...

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Another taste of desert sand

Jul 31, 2017 by

It was the liturgy that first warmed my heart. I tried to be cautious, not to fall in love too quickly. How long should one wait to call a church one’s home? I still don’t know the answer to that question....

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Dating is worship

Mar 15, 2017 by

We know that everything should be done for the glory of God, but sometimes it’s easy to subconsciously leave some activities off the list. Such as dating. In dating, it’s easy to get our focus off...

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Firm foundations for relational health

Nov 30, 2016 by

We have done a disservice to our children in terms of relational health. We have, in a myriad of ways, taught them not how to handle conflict or to reconcile relationships, but to avoid conflict and deny its...

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God, the divorcé

Aug 10, 2016 by

“I observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce”  — Jeremiah 3:8a “This is what the Lord says: Where is...

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3 meditative questions to enhance your day

Jun 24, 2016 by

Our oldest daughter is finishing up her last week of school. First grade has been full of excitement, growth opportunities and new experiences. Over the course of the past year, I have seen her beautiful...

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Yelling at one who gives $100 bills

Apr 8, 2016 by

Suppose I walk up to a neighbor and give them a $100 bill. They, of course, wonder what it’s for! I just say that I want to give it to them. Further, suppose I do this for 30 days, but then on the 31st day...

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Opinion: Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict

Mar 28, 2016 by

I share the longing of many others in the Mennonite church for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and I grieve the suffering of Palestinian people. But I have reservations about the...

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People of the heart

May 7, 2015 by

Every so often, the accumulation of paper and books and coffee cups and unopened correspondence on my desk crosses a threshold of clutter and despair that even I am no longer able to tolerate. I begin take...

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10 ways to be a better peacemaker online

Feb 6, 2015 by

Lately I’ve been lamenting at what a toxic place the Internet can be. But instead of lament, I would like to contribute something more helpful to make dialoging with people on the Internet a little less...

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Giving up hell for a year

Feb 3, 2015 by

Hell is real, in some form or another. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the...

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