Forgiveness is More about You Than Them

All was well in the Amish community in Lancaster Pennsylvania until a deranged man mercilessly shot 10 Amish girls and then turned the gun on himself in 2006. How did they respond to this shocking loss? Amazingly, the Amish community didn’t blame. Instead, they reached out with grace and compassion toward the killer’s family. They more »

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The Unseen Place

i long for the Unseen Place
not just Heaven​
a place on earth
as it is​
where You are King​
and love reigns​
in everything​
my source
my guide​
and friend​,
show me the secret
and glorious end


Life is a Scattered Feast

He leads me each day,

(Provider God)

He created me needy,

and messy.

i see

beauty and brokenness,

abandonment and acceptance,

hope and dread,

mourning and dancing,

weeping and laughter,

death and resurrection,

blooming and wilting,

wonder and monotony,

smiling and wincing,

emptiness and abundance,

darkness and illumination,

saying and silence,

complexity and simplicity,

embracing and boxing,

torment and ecstasy,

wandering and epiphany,

sudden moment and long advent,

and everything in between—

day by day.

This is the table He prepares before me, temporary, ephemeral, and moveable

though it may be. The meal is sure. The menu is unknown.

i am a dependent of God.

and life is a scattered feast.

5 Ways to Avoid Becoming Overwhelmed

It had been an especially difficult year for our church. A number of key long-standing members abruptly left our church in protest to the changes we had incorporated in our schedule in the hopes of reaching new people. At our monthly leadership meeting, we were discussing the issue when Carl stood up, grabbed his coat more »

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Communion: Avoiding the Awkward and Encountering the Amazing

  Growing up in the church, the Lord’s Supper often seemed mechanical, cold and unfamiliar to me. Why?  Because it was done in a mechanical, cold, and unfamiliar way. The subtext of many of these celebrations seemed to be, “We only do this once every three months and so we barely know how this will more »

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