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November 15, 2020

The Christ to Remember

The Christ to Remember

There is a forty-one-year-old woman in California who remembers every day of her life since she was eleven years old. She remembers that on Sunday, August 3, 1986, a friend called her on the telephone. She remembers what happened on a television show that she was watching on Monday, December 12, 1988. She remembers everything […]

October 16, 2016

Remembering how we got here

Remembering how we got here

This evening as the sun goes down, Succoth will begin.  Succoth is known in the English Bible as the “Feast of Tabernacles’” or the “Feast of Booths.”  It is a 7-day festival, described in Leviticus, that Jews around the world will observe.  It might be better and more accurate for us to call Succoth “the […]

December 20, 2015

In the Flesh

In the Flesh

During these Advent worship services, we’ve been dancing around with the idea of the Incarnation. “Incarnation” is a big word in theology that describes the coming together of God’s life and human life in the person of Jesus. We Christians believe that Jesus was a unique person—there wasn’t anyone like him before in history, and […]

March 23, 2014

Boundaries, Buckets and Blessings

Boundaries, Buckets and Blessings

The Jews and Samaritans had been estranged for a long time. It all started when those who had been in exile and those who had not been in exile, couldn’t agree on where the temple should be. Initially, it was a mild estrangement, but around 200 BCE, it grew in intensity. It ended with the […]

February 2, 2014

Temples of the Spirit

Temples of the Spirit

Many of us in the modern world regard marriage as something of a capstone in human experience. The ideal, we think, is to marry, have children, buy a home, and live the good life. The fact that so many gay and lesbian couples want to marry shows how much marriage is idealized in our culture. […]

January 19, 2014

Focusing Desire in Covenant

Focusing Desire in Covenant

This morning I want to talk with you about desire—not as an evil force inside of us which we must repress, but as a gift from God to use for the sake of God’s mission in the world. You heard that right: desire is not an evil to avoid, but a good gift to use […]

January 5, 2014

Bethlehem, not Jerusalem

Bethlehem, not Jerusalem

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem. Have you ever thought about the significance of that fact? Bethlehem was a small village of just a few hundred souls. The folks who lived out in Bethlehem were mostly farmers and small‐time trades people. Life in Bethlehem was pretty simple and uncomplicated, where everyone knew everyone else […]

February 3, 2013

A Larger God

A Larger God

One Sunday morning last summer while on vacation, I visited another church not far from here. This isn’t a Mennonite church, but a church that belongs to another denomination. I had never been to this church before, so my first decision was how to dress—in particular, whether or not to wear a tie. I decided […]