Commas and Cornelius

Peter’s encounter with Cornelius was a breakthrough in the inclusion of Gentiles into the early Church, which began as a Jewish community which obeyed Jewish purity and cleanliness laws. God put a comma where…

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Beach Breakfast Reckoning

Jesus and his disciple Peter had a “reckoning” on the beach, where Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?”  and tells him to “Feed my sheep.”  Even though Peter denied Jesus in the Garden…

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“I Have Seen the Lord!”

Mary Magdalene was the first witness to the risen Jesus.  She was one of Jesus’ most devoted followers because of the love he had shown her, such as freeing her from the demons that…

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From Scarcity to Abundance

Mary’s anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume was an act of extravagant love.  It challenges us Mennonites who value frugality and resourcefulness to be extravagant and generous in loving others. Speaker: Pastor Stephen “Tig”…

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From Exclusion to Inclusion

God’s inclusive and prodigal (extravagant, reckless) love seeks out those who are lost and welcomes them with open arms.  The parable of the Prodigal Son invites us to rejoice when others experience God’s inclusive,…

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What Do You Believe?

What Do You Believe?

Examining what we believe is important because our beliefs shape our thoughts, which dictate our actions.  Sometimes our beliefs change over time as we grow and are exposed to different ways of seeing the…

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From Fear to Compassion

Like a mother hen chases her chicks to gather them under her wing, God is always moving toward to the world in love.  Knowing this helps us to not let being scared stop us…

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From Security to Generosity

Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness shows us how to resist the world’s false securities in power, privilege and possessions, which lead to holding onto what we have.  When we trust God as Jesus did…

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we are called to flesh out the hope and joy of new life through concrete acts of love in our daily lives.

Fleshing out the Resurrection

After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared several times in bodily form to his disciples to show them that the resurrected life is not just an intangible spiritual experience but is a reality that is embodied…

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