Losing baby Jesus

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

First Advent had come and gone, and I’d only put up a few of the Christmas decorations. I had pulled all the boxes out of the crawl space,…

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The Light of the world

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This article was first published Dec. 5, 2003 Christmas is a season of lights. They glimmer in candles, glow on trees, are strung into twinkling shapes. These lights,…

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Why?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Watching my grandchild, I look forward to the stage when she’ll ask “why” 10 times, and then once more. She’ll be laying essential foundations for life. Adults also…

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Toolkit

Saturday, September 19, 2015

“God, we thank you for your harvest which feeds us so many times each day…. We thank you too for filling us with the water of life. May…

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The Baby and the Dragon

Monday, December 1, 2014

Reading Christmas through Revelation Glorious angels, wise guys, starry skies and shepherds gathered around the manger: the picture of Christmas? I’ve got major issues with how we illustrate…

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Have a “thin” Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

As Ler La told us his story of freedom and faith in broken English, we all felt the presence of God come near. Ler La’s family lived in…

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

The closer we get to December 25th, the louder Christmas gets. Bing Crosby paints a picture-perfect holiday season. His deep timbre rouses images of glistening snow, jingling sleigh…

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Christmas all year-round

Monday, December 1, 2014

I was quite amused, sitting there in church. It was the end of May, a sunny 30 degrees in upcountry Angola.

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Simple gifts

Monday, December 1, 2014

Weary of buying meaningless trinkets for loved ones who have everything? Our partner organizations offer gifts that give back. For the soccer mom: $30 buys transit tickets for…

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The time of our life

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our days are full of time. Our days are chronological, even if not always logical. We wake up. We eat breakfast. We head to school, work or appointments….

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Jesus Christ is coming…

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.—Romans 13:11 “Oh, you better…

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A Christmas Advent Concert

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bethany College Choir presents A Christmas Advent Concert Hope * Love * Joy * Peace Special guests at Sunday Night Praise

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The shepherd’s wish list

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Barely midnight. All of us hunkered down like hoboes around ashes of a fire. The animals asleep. Our companions: hunger, nagging doubt. Our wants are reasonable: provisions for…

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Keening for the Dawn

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bell rings out worthy Advent album Keening for the Dawn    Steve Bell As December approaches, it seems obligatory for musicians to release a Christmas album. In today’s struggling…

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Hark, the seminarians write

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary has released its third Advent devotional booklet. A seminary staff or faculty member, student, or alumnus from MBBS–Canada and MBBS–Fresno, Cal., provides reflection for each day of the Advent season, Nov. 28–Dec. 25.

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