THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

(Matthew 10) Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of...

JUST WHOSE ASCENSION IS IT?

“ I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the...

“…EVEN AS WE ARE ONE.”

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people,[a] to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this...

Not As Orphans

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate] to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him,...

LIVING AS FREE PEOPLE

 Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18 Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle,...

“In This, Our Time of Exile”

" If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like...

ONCE UPON A BORDER

This is the first reflection I'll post on my recent time in Douglas, AZ, and Agua Prieta, Sonora State, Mexico, as part of a Borderlands Tour sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee. I used it as a children's story this past Sunday, April 30, and began the story by...

My Church: Playing together!

Jesus called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:2-3, 4:1 We recently enjoyed a Community night at Zion, with people of all ages sharing...