Faithful Followers: A Look Back At 2020

Well, church, it has been a year now where we have been looking at stories of the faithful followers of God in the pages of Scripture. Not only have we looked at their successes, but we have seen that even the most faithful of the disciples still erred, sinned, and...

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An Open Letter To My Congregant in the ICU

My Dear Congregant, I write to you today because this afternoon our system failed you. Before we get into that, let’s back up for a moment. There are many instances where I don’t remember my first meeting with a congregant, but I remember when my wife and I first met...

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Lessons From A Rockhound

When my children were little they would bring home pockets full of rocks. While my daughter did have a skill for finding fossils in our area, most of the rocks she and her brothers would bring home were worthless other than for cluttering our tables, shelves, and any other place...

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Stand Firm

This week I was having a conversation with a friend on the phone about the difficulties of life. Something about our conversation reminded me of a passage that is often used to encourage us Christians to fight the good fight and to continue doing God’s good work in the world....

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From the Archives: The Image of God

This article was originally published in The Messenger in November 2013. It is available here. Image of God? Have you ever had a burning question that you just can not get out of your mind? It is the type of question where a simplistic or trite answer just does not...

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Put Your Hand to the Plow

This article by Kevin Wiebe originally appeared in a column in The Messenger called A Path To Peace. When I began studying conflict, I was surprised about how many of the classes were about simply dealing with our own baggage. It turns out that since much of conflict pertains to misunderstandings...

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The Power of Choices

“We are all free to make bad choices and experience the consequences of those choices. However, in a world of Coronavirus, others may experience deadly consequences from our bad choices. Flatten the Curve. Let’s all shelter in place.” I came across this quote on social media this week. It is...

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#COVID19ChurchChallenge

Hello church, As our regular services and programs are disrupted, and we practice social distancing to help our government leaders and healthcare system get control over the spread of this virus, we are reminded that God made us as social beings, and that our church is more than just a...

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