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Holy Spirit
May 31, 2020

Looking for the Spirit of Life

Looking for the Spirit of Life

A common phrase lots of people have been using the last few months is “go back to normal.” You’ll hear it in sentences like, “When we go back to normal, I want to take a cruise in the Caribbean,” or “I’m so ready for everything to go back to normal, like it was before the […]

April 19, 2020

This is a dangerous sermon

This is a dangerous sermon

Everywhere you look, there are warnings reminding you to be careful. On a Starbucks cup: “Careful, the beverage you are about to enjoy is extremely hot.” On a super glue bottle, it says this: “Warning: Bonds instantly. Do not swallow. Do not get in eyes.” A beach ball, for those of you that are wondering, […]

September 22, 2019

From Loneliness to Solitude

From Loneliness to Solitude

About thirty years ago, I began my first pastoral assignment at Lombard Mennonite Church, in Lombard, Illinois. Back then I was an assistant pastor working under the supervision of the two senior pastors, Joe and Emma Richards. One morning in the church office, Joe announced that after lunch, he and I were going to visit […]

June 9, 2019

Holy Disrupted

Holy Disrupted

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. When the day of Pentecost was approaching, they were all together in one place. Sitting.  Waiting. Waiting for something to happen.

May 20, 2018

Stretching, Propelling Spirit-Wind

Stretching, Propelling Spirit-Wind

“Build the Wall! “ Build the wall! Keep the segregating lines clear. Know who is IN and who is OUT. Know who is welcome and who is not. But “something there is that doesn’t love a wall”… I think it’s called the Holy Spirit… THE Spirit of our WALL-WRECKING MESSIAH… The one who breaks down […]

October 22, 2017

Tending Community in God’s Mission

Tending Community in God’s Mission

“These sheep don’t need a shepherd, they have fences,” story. 1982 Outspokin/TourMagination Anabaptist/ Mennonite history tour. (explain Outspokin) Today we leave the first book Luke wrote and jump into the middle of his second… “Acts of the Apostles.” The first book contains stories of who Jesus was and what he did while he was at […]

September 17, 2017

Jesus Tending Community and God’s Mission

Jesus Tending Community and God’s Mission

Last week we considered the spiritual formation work that Jesus needed to engage…in order to prepare him for the mission he was sent on. Jesus submitted himself to be identified with the fresh spiritual awakening that was occurring. John the Baptist offered a baptism of repentance and Jesus chose to participate even though repentance didn’t […]

February 14, 2016

Surviving the Desert

Surviving the Desert

If you search the Internet for “desert survival stories,” you’ll find lots of heart-warming stories about people who get rescued from danger in the desert. For example, the story of a woman named Victoria Grover appears on many websites. In 2012 Victoria, then 59 years old, was hiking in the high desert of Utah. Her […]

September 27, 2015

Reconciliation is the Center of Our Work

Reconciliation is the Center of Our Work

Today is the final installment in our series on the three foundational beliefs of Anabaptist-Mennonites. They are: 1. Christ is the center of our faith. 2. Community is the center of our life. 3. Reconciliation is the center of our work. What does it mean to say that reconciliation is the center of our work? […]

August 16, 2015

The Uncontrollable Spirit

The Uncontrollable Spirit

For a long time Jenny and I have had this anxious little game we play when we come back home from being away on vacation. As we turn into our neighborhood we ask each other: “Will our house still be there? What if it burned down while we were gone, or a windstorm blew a […]

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