Tag: Mennonite

  • Into the Wilderness

    Just like your life is organized around different rhythms—the seasons, the rotation of months, the school year—so, too, the life of the church follows a cycle of rituals and celebrations. Following the excesses of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday comes with its invitation to remember our mortality. While our contemporary culture encourages us to live in…

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  • (Changes) Around the Table

    Some time ago, I came across this beautiful poem by poet laureate Joy Harjo entitled “Perhaps the World Ends Here” (you can read the full poem here)  It begins:  The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the…

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  • Fight Like Jesus

    Just a few weeks post-op, I found myself standing in an unfamiliar pulpit, preparing to preach to a crowd of people who were mostly unknown to me. My hands were a bit shaky (a side effect of temporary medications); I had tried on too many outfits (in an attempt to figure out which what would…

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