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
“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
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.
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
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
The following is my second column, published in the March 3, 2014 issue of Mennonite World Review. It’s based on Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:22-24, 29-32, and Revelation 5:6-13 I remember the first time I experienced the dark underbelly of democratic process. … Continue reading
Our church owns a house, and in that house there lives a truly awesome tenant whom we love and appreciate and want to keep happy. Yesterday this tenant came into the church office and broke some bad news. Over the weekend, … Continue reading