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For those of you attending the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City, a number of MennoNerds, both bloggers and members of our Facebook presence, are leading seminars and workshops at the convention. Click here to go to the page listing all of them including dates and times.
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense.” (Psalms 48:1-3) I had a […]
The church is often accused of being a boring place. Not for those who have experienced holy laughter. The phenomenon caught widespread attention in the 90’s, as it was a sign mark to charismatic meetings associated with Rodney Howard Browne and the Toronto Blessing. Holy laughter was described as a “manifestation” of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading →
Joy isn’t a commodity that changes with increase, it’s whole in and of itself, like a ripe berry, or small seed. Joy needs no addition, no subtraction or multiplication. Joy can be shared, spread, multiplied, but only as itself, each experience whole like the many seeds of a pomegranate’s flesh.
The Greek word that is usually translated “demon-possessed” in the Gospels is demonizomai, which literally means “to be rendered passive toward a demon.” It’s unfortunate, in my view, that the term is usually translated “demon possession.” “Possession” implies complete … read more
Our biannual national Mennonite Church USA convention begins on Tuesday, and there are two resolutions coming before the delegates that highlight disagreements about how our denomination should include LGBTQ people. The resolutions are fairly new, but the disagreements themselves are not. Many Mennonites, myself included, have spent a lot of time hashing out the details […]
KURT NOTE: The following is a guest post by Ryan Furlong. Deep stuff here! —————————————————————————– I suppose stories are vehicles for far more than we give them credit. Far from the typical plot diagram one’s high school English teacher delineated on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” or Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter—outlining the discrete plot [Read More…]
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The Canopy of Stars The earth stood still, my heart stopped beating, The moment I found my love under a canopy of stars. Secure, but not secluded, Embraced but not smothered, Enflamed but not ablaze. The lovely duet of two violins playing, Yet neither playing second fiddle. The thoughtful glance of a young lover, The … Continue reading →
Our God is a multicultural God. We see this in the Trinity. We see it in whom God chose to write the scriptures. We see it in the people Jesus spent His time with. We see it in the early church. We see it in verses like 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 …
God the Father looked down on earth and did not see a world full of sinners ready to judge. Rather, He saw a world full of potential lovers. So He gave his Son to die for us all, even when we were in open hatred against God’s love, in order to give us a chance. God, to this day, does not give up on us, but gives us the Holy Spirit to prompt us to follow Jesus’ path of love.
The Supreme Court’s decision this week to allow same sex marriages has been a very controversial ruling. Understandably so. Which has got me thinking- when people are this divided, where can we go from here? OK, well, what if there was a sound theological statement we could all agree in? For instance, one of the […]