A boy’s gift of water

Aug 9, 2017 by

It has been five years, and she still talks about Rico — the boy who offered his rationed bottled water to her. It was her first time in an international setting with agriculture, a lifestyle that...

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God’s love is cruciform

Mar 24, 2017 by

Paul instructs us in what it means to follow Jesus, when he stated, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for...

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Kehrberg: Why do I believe?

Sep 12, 2016 by

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. — C.S. Lewis During a supper discussion about how many of their classmates...

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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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China, seminary, sacrifice and Sabbath

Jun 5, 2015 by

I was nurtured with stories of sacrifice from my early years — my clan came out of the Russian Mennonite experience. I thought, as a Mennonite, I might know a few key things about sacrifice, but I found...

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Avoiding a pro-suffering theology

Mar 6, 2015 by

Lent was a fairly new concept for me when I was in college, and one year I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice — chocolate. I still remember standing in the ice cream parlor, looking at the luscious...

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Friend of homeless?

Aug 4, 2014 by

A verse of Scripture has been haunting me. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life. It was read and preached on during Sunday worship in February. Then I found it in the unifying passage of...

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Power in the blood

Apr 14, 2014 by

As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace. — John Donne After rehearsing a gospel song, a musician friend who to our knowledge has never attended an actual...

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