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Greetings from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  It’s ccccold with lots of snow on the ground, but a surprising number of people have shown up for this year’s Pastor’s Week.

There’s been a lot of change here even since I graduated in 2006.  Aside from some new and upgraded buildings, and a new President, Sara Wenger Shenk, there is a whole generational turnover happening on faculty.  The baby boomers are retiring and the gen Xers are coming into leadership.  There are some really strong new professors here, and five of them are the featured speakers this...

How do you know when you’re no longer a child and have grown into a new stage of life? 

Cultures throughout time have had various rites of passage that have marked this transition, and at Columbus Mennonite we are beginning a Coming of Age practice of our own, to be celebrated during worship on Sunday, February 16th.  This year we honor six jr. youth: Quinn B, Steven A, Micah N, Jack Z, Phoebe Y-T, and Maddy R-W.  The jr. youth will be preparing for this time by helping shape and lead part of the worship service: choosing a scripture, hymns, and words that reflect their...

Nothing like starting off the new year with one of the most contentious issues facing the wider church.

There are a number of happenings right now having to do with how the Mennonite Church relates with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and self-identified queer persons (LGBTQ).  Mountain States Conference (one of 21 area conferences in Mennonite Church USA) announced in November that it intends to credential Theda Good for pastoral ministry at First...

I had some fun writing four haikus that hopefully capture some of the spirit of Advent at Columbus Mennonite this season. If you have one send it my way and I’ll add it to the blog:

Come in from the cold
Mystery saved you a seat
Watch. Christ will sneak in.

Lion, lamb, mice, birds,
Murmurating with Mennos
Peace could find us yet

Isaiah foretold:
Children shall lead them, a play
In which all have parts

How to fill a church:
Create beautiful music
People will show up

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These four comes from...

John the Baptist is always a central character during the second week of Advent.  He is, in the words of Isaiah, “a voice calling out in the wilderness.”  His message was simple and direct, even harsh.  “Repent.”  Change your mind, change your actions, change your life.  Get ready for the one who baptizes not with water, but with Spirit.  The town and city folk go out into the wilderness to hear his message.

On Sunday I suggested that the creaturely world...

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