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Yearly Archives: 2012

Talking with Jesus

Talking with Jesus

Guest post by Joel Brandt, Columbia Bible College student and youth intern at LMF So I talked with Jesus the other day. He had been making his way across the country, stopping at Bible colleges and secular universities alike. Screams of “heretic” and “false prophet” emanated from the Bible colleges as he left, and thousands ... Read More
 
So who is welcome at God’s Party?

So who is welcome at God’s Party?

In Jesus’ parable about the great party (Luke 14) Jesus stretches the parameters of who is invited to be part of God’s new community almost to the breaking point.  In the story the host invites all his friends to a great celebration. Everybody is invited – well, everyone the host knows and is friends with. ... Read More
 
Native Assembly in Choctaw Territory

Native Assembly in Choctaw Territory

For five days during the last week in July I attended the biennial Mennonite Native Assembly in Philadelphia, Mississippi.   The weather was sweltering hot, muggy and oppressive, but this was more than made up for by the welcoming reception we received from the Choctaw people who were hosting this year’s gathering.  We spent our time ... Read More
 
History and Identity

History and Identity

At a celebration evening in April I was asked to reflect on the relationship between history and identity, and as it relates to the Mennonite Church BC’s 70th anniversary and launching of the website www.pilgrimageproject.com. These were some of my thoughts. In the introduction to Thomas Cahill’s book ‘How the Irish Saved Civilization’ he writes ... Read More
 
Stories of slaves and Bishops

Stories of slaves and Bishops

One of the most interesting letters in the New Testament scriptures is the one that Paul writes to Philemon, a church leader in Ephesus. In it Paul is doing his best to encourage this wealthy Christian to take back a runaway slave that Paul has befriended and who has become a colleague in his ministry.  ... Read More
 
John the Baptizer and our ‘holy longing’

John the Baptizer and our ‘holy longing’

While reading the story of John the Baptist, I was reminded of the U2 song “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”.   Since it’s release in 1987 it has been an inspirational song for millions and even though it has been played endless times in endless situations and borders on becoming trite, nevertheless, the ... Read More
 
“Awkward moments”

“Awkward moments”

I don’t know about you but I get really jittery around awkward moments. I just want to get out ofthere! I know it is part of our human condition but I’d rather not be that close to this aspect of our humanity. But I guess this is who we are as human beings, and as ... Read More
 
“WWJD – following the deconstructing Jesus”

“WWJD – following the deconstructing Jesus”

You wouldn’t be far off if your first impressions of Jesus were that of someone who liked to stir up trouble and controversy and especially if you were one of those whose task it was to keep ‘these kind’ in their place. The way he speaks of family:  who is my real family – not ... Read More
 
Living Gently in a Violent world

Living Gently in a Violent world

When we read the Gospel stories, we soon discover that the good news Jesus brings is invested mostly in the powerless and weak ones: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’; ‘Blessed are those who mourn’ ‘Blessed are the meek’. These ‘weak ones’ are the ‘blessed ones’. How do we know he is the Messiah? It ... Read More
 
Langley Mennonite Kids

Langley Mennonite Kids

From Sunday January 6 @ 11 am Gather ‘Round time begins again! Join us for the kick-off with balloons, puppets and fun! For pre-school through elementary kids Singing Crafts Bible stories Learning to serve