Author Archives: nafzigpa

Why’s it have to be so Heavy!?! (or, Towards a More Substantial Life)

A few weeks ago, my wife finally gave me the green light for a project I’ve been talking about for years. She gave me permission to build a brick oven. You can imagine my surprise, since I’m really not that … Continue reading

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Good God

“Welcome home honey, how was your evening?” I asked my wife after she returned home from a work engagement recently. “It was good”, she replied. “And you?” “Oh, me” I cautiously ventured. “It was filled with existential angst as usual. … Continue reading

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A Poem

There’s something intoxicating watching the sun set over a dozen amish farms wending my way along the asphalt gray somehow enchanted ribbon of road. Home.

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Embers and Ice

Today is Ash Wednesday. If the week was unfolding according to my plans, I would have preached a sermon on idolatry this past Sunday, using the text from Exodus that describes the fashioning of a golden calf. We would have … Continue reading

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Fingernails on Chalkboards

The clouds stream across the sky drug, I daresay by the very fingers of God as one scrapes fingernails across the chalkboard. He claws his Almighty way in, an angry protest, rending the heavens to speak of hope. Reality Beyond … Continue reading

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Anger

I’m a little behind in sharing my Bible columns in this space. Here is the latest one, from the March 31, 2014 issue of Mennonite World Review. The scriptures I’m commenting on are Mark 11:15-19 (the story of Jesus cleansing … Continue reading

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A donkey, not a warhorse

The scriptures I wrote this column on (in the March 17, 2014 issue of “Mennonite World Review”) are Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:1-11. Zechariah offers good news for a people at war. Their deliverer has come! His feet have trod … Continue reading

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