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The Perfect Portrait of God

I’m not a visual artist. I cannot draw, I cannot paint. My stick figures don’t even look like stick figures. But over the last ten or fifteen years I’ve begun to develop an appreciation for the visual arts. I think … Continue reading

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Christmas at Morden Mennonite Church

Christmas greetings from all of us here at Morden Mennonite Church! Now that the snow has come in earnest, it is really beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As you celebrate the birth of Jesus this week, please consider … 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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A Very Different Christmas Story

When we think of biblical Christmas stories, we naturally think of Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels. In fact, based on lifetimes of Christmas pageants and nativity scenes, in reality we probably imagine a harmonized Christmas story, bringing together various elements of … Continue reading

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