Our family has been living in our house for about three months now (My first month at CMC, you may remember, was homeless and wife-and-kids-less).  The moving in process is slow but rewarding.  In the last week we have hung curtains, organized our dining rooms shelves, found the just-right color/design/size rug for the living room, and even hung a few things up on the walls.  It’s amazing what you can get done when you don’t have a child in the hospital. 

Clintonville is a beautiful neighborhood.  Our neighbors are fantastic, Oakland Park Ave is gorgeous in the fall, our kids are in...

On the last Sunday of October congregations are invited to observe Mennonite Heritage Sunday, each year having a different theme related to the Anabaptist/Mennonite story.  This year’s theme is The Gifts of Women.

Needless to say, the church historically has not done such a good job of treating women and men as equal partners in the mission of God.  Neither has it done such a good job of using language and imagery for God that celebrates both the feminine and the masculine.  The dual effect here is that men have too often seen themselves as god, and women have too seldom seen...

During Sunday’s sermon I mentioned a TED talk given by Brene Brown called “The power of vulnerability.”  A link to that talk has been included in the sermon blog and can also be linked HERE.  The tagline of TED talks is “Ideas worth spreading,” and this is one talk, and idea, that is spreading well.

Speaking of TED talks, walking our kids to school each day has...

Phloem and Xylem: Economic refugees

October 9, 2013

Yesterday I attended a breakfast for clergy of the supporting congregations of the YWCA Family Center.  Once a month Columbus Mennonite teams with North Broadway United Methodist Church to serve a dinner.  Our congregation also gives $1000 annually to support the mission of the Family Center. 

It’s an impressive facility, constructed in 2005.  It is home to all sorts of community outreach and includes 50 dorm rooms, each giving a temporarily homeless household private space while the Center helps with...

Today I ate lunch at North Star Cafe and saw this sign in the entrance.

“We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”
— Anna Thomas

That place does am amazing job of making sure everyone there eats very well.  Wow.  I’m going to have dreams about Beechwold Salad.

This Sunday is