I’ve been teaching a class at church called PLACE, which helps people look at their lives so they can best decide how God wants them to serve grace to their church family. After the class, I do a one-hour private consultation with each woman, and the first thing I ask is, Tell me how you came… Read More
We were created to be party of a community, to live, and laugh, and love together.
Like the Amish, the Mennonite people have historically been conscientious objectors to war, convicted that it is incompatible with the Christian life. After all, Jesus told his followers to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek when violence was done to them. Mennonites don’t oppose serving in peaceful ways such as the medical… Read More
My house is not Pinteresting. I’ve never made a pennant banner, and I don’t own spray paint or Mod Podge. Seriously, did God know about Pinterest when He told us to love our neighbor? Didn’t He know we’d break out in a cold sweat at the thought of creating the perfect centerpiece and folding our… Read More
Our good friends bought a Prius, and for several weeks, every time the guy saw us he would gloat about his gas mileage. Fifty-six miles to the gallon this week, he would say. We would roll our eyes in exasperation, and he would just smile. Did I mention I got 57 miles to the gallon… Read More
Pay more for coffee? On purpose? Oh, the horrors! We in North America do like our deals on food and other things, don’t we! Why would anyone choose to pay more money for something that we can get for less elsewhere? We may even think it’s prideful to think one should purchase the higher cost… Read More
I used to be content to cast a quick “please-Lord-bless-my-neighbors” prayer out the window as I drove down my street. Now that I’ve gotten to know these women by name, my prayers go as deep as the sorrows they’ve shared: “My son is on drugs. He’s in and out of jail—I don’t know if he’ll… Read More