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“The Things that Make for Peace”

“Peace? Sure, we have peace. Jesus brings us peace with God. But no more war? Not in this world!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this sentiment. Not necessarily in those exact words, but the idea has … Continue reading

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(Im)Possible Joy

I’ve always struggled with joy. If I were an ancient Roman, sitting in the office of the famed physician Galen, he would have diagnosed me as a “melancholic,” having an excess of black bile in my body. Likely he would … Continue reading

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Love, in the Flesh

We are created to love and be loved in the flesh. Heard. Seen. Touched. Held. Through thick and thin. You can think of the story of Scripture as the story of exactly this kind of love. In the beginning, God … Continue reading

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Refugee Jesus

Let me paint a picture for you. A family is fleeing for their lives: a husband and wife, with a child. They are Middle Eastern: olive-skinned and brown-eyed, the man with thick, dark, curly hair and a finely trimmed beard, … Continue reading

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An Anabaptist Does Advent (Annual Repost)

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Here’s a post from two years ago that introduces the idea of following the seasons of the church year as a way of grounding our lives in the story of Jesus. It reflects my own Canadian experience … Continue reading

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Waiting for Jesus

We don’t like waiting, do we? Not in our fast-food, instant-access world. We sit in the drive-thru at Tim Hortons, expecting our honey cruller and double-double in two minutes or less, and we can’t even sit aimlessly for that two … Continue reading

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An Anabaptist Does Advent (Repost)

This Sunday we are beginning a six-month journey of “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.” The journey starts with Advent, “Waiting for Jesus.” Here’s a post from last year that introduces the idea of following the seasons of the church year as … Continue reading

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