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Church leaders welcome dialogue on sexuality

A study conference on human sexuality revealed the tension between long-standing biblical understandings and shifting societal attitudes toward sexual practices.

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What a relief!

When Starbucks rolls out its red cups filled with eggnog or gingerbread lattes; when Walmart stocks Santa merchandise and red & green decorations before the ghosts and orange &…

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Waiting for Christmas

I knew it was going to be a long day when I took my number from the dispenser. The immigration office was jammed with people holding little numbered slips,…

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A simple wish list

…all the way from Africa  What do you want for Christmas? I hear this phrase a lot this time of year. People’s lists run the gamut from practical…

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On a journey toward Jesus

I was raised in a Christian community during a time when boundaries of faith and community were very clear. In my world, drinking alcohol, dancing, smoking, gambling, or going…

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Letters December 2013

Feedback from study conference, A place for all to worship, Addressing the reality of singles, Temptations we all face, Friends make the difference

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Have a theological Christmas

I’m tired of Christmas, and it’s not even here yet. I’m tired of the buying binges and belligerent advertising. The Halloween candy hasn’t been shifted to the discount…

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Bow down or Stand tall

A poet once imagined that the shepherds at Bethlehem undoubtedly taught the three Oriental kings how to kneel at the manger.  I think not! Those kings were wise…

Life & Faith

Anabaptist church ordinances

Friday, September 8, 2000

The Anabaptists*, like other church reformers in the 16th century, wanted to base their reforms entirely on the Word of God. On the basis of their study of…

Community: Defining a “simple” word

Friday, March 17, 2000

Last fall, I had the privilege of taking a graduate class in theology at our local seminary. The class was comprised of believers from various evangelical traditions. We…

The explosion of horizons

Friday, February 4, 2000

A case study on leadership I was recently asked to give a short devotional on the issue of leadership in the Old Testament. (This was in the context…

A dysfunctional Biblical family

Friday, October 8, 1999

The book of Genesis provides a unique opportunity to see a family system in operation over several generations. The story of Jacob’s family covers Genesis 25: 19–35:29, and…

Looking back

Friday, October 8, 1999

“Children obey your parents…. Honour your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:1–2). It is such a simple instruction in such a complicated world. We know what it means, and…

A pig for a pig

Friday, September 27, 1996

She was my elderly Sunday school teacher. She said the story, about a young boy growing up with a father who believed in peace, was true, and I…

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