The people of Israel are grumbling about the lack of food and water in the desert wilderness. John the Baptist was in the wilderness and preached. Jesus entered a period of 40 days in the wilderness. Wilderness experiences, those experiences in our lives that are difficult, can be transformative in our lives. “It is better […]
The Passion Week is thick with multilayered and complex symbolism. the characters in God’s story are not straightforward. The people who praised “Hosanna” and hailed Jesus as the coming king may be the very ones who later shouted, “Crucify Him!” Like them, we find ourselves to be deeply complex characters within the covenant story, characters […]
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus engages in unpredictable, unexpected behavior. When circumstances would suggest Jesus should go this way, he goes that way. When others court controversy, Jesus creatively disengages.
Issues divide. Politics divide. And Christians are part of the divisions. Taking sides. Bible tells us – Humble yourself to exalt others. Step in and intercede among the divisions. Speak the message–no matter where you are from, we are glad you are our neighbors. You are welcome. How are we living this out with others […]
We are in the season of Epiphany, the time when Jesus becomes evident, for Jesus as light to shine. Larry invited us to recognize the epiphany moments in our lives, those times when God speaks to us or is evident to us. They are the spaces when the divine intersects with the human. These moments […]
The parable of the ten virgins/handmaids/guests teaches us about being wise and foolish, being prepared and ready for the great banquet with God. We were asked about sharing the oil we have with those around us so they can join the banquet. Who is left at the door knocking?
Today is Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday. Our focus was on the power of the Holy Spirit. Comments from the sermon were: * One of the reasons the global church has mushroomed is because of the Holy Spirit * The spirit has always been here—it didn’t just come at Pentecost. * The spirit empowers to speak […]
We are in relationship with a God whose foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. We need relational guidelines to guide the between, although rigidly adhering to rules has the potential to come in between. How might we seek God each day and tend to the space between (for example, between relationship), rather than focus solely […]
Our vocation as Christians is the work of reconciliation. There is restitution; we go forward in peace. The central message of Jesus’ message is reconciliation. It begins with being reconciled to God. Christ is reconciled to us and we are called to be reconciled with God and others. We are called to live at peace […]
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