We are claimed in the wilderness

We are claimed in the wilderness

by Joy McDonald Coltvet And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  Mark 1:11-12 Jesus is baptized and named the Beloved and then is immediately driven to the wilderness. Comforting or disturbing, this is life. […]

Lives of wholeness

Lives of wholeness

by Rozella Haydée White Isaiah 58 provides an alternative view of something that the people of Israel thought they were good at–worship. It becomes clear that their understanding (read: our understanding) of what true and authentic worship was (read: is) did not line up with God’s desire. It uses the practice of fasting as the […]

Change keeps on changing

Change keeps on changing

by Angela T. Khabeb I’m surrounded by change. I look outside my window and notice the familiar sight of leaves changing colors. Daylight is fleeting as night arrives earlier and stays longer. It’s almost as if autumn is Mother Nature’s ambassador for change. Not only is change swirling around me, but it is also stirring […]

Vocation and timing

Vocation and timing

by Angela Denker My favorite Bible passage about time is found in John 7:1-6. It tells about the time when Jesus’ friends went, reluctantly, to a festival without him. They told him he should come, but he told them to go without him. “My time has not yet come,” he said. Maybe it’s because I’m […]

Just one tunic?

Just one tunic?

by Sarah Scherschligt   Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money — […]

Valentine’s Day: Beyond flowers and candy

Valentine’s Day: Beyond flowers and candy

by Angie Shannon During my grade-school years, the bulletin boards were covered with red cupid silhouettes announcing Valentine’s Day. I took great care in selecting boxed Valentines for my classmates, addressing each tiny envelope in anticipation of the big day. In retrospect, it occurs to me that we had the kind of parents and teachers […]

Discovering your passion

Discovering your passion

by Lee Ann Pomrenke Passion. We know when we have it, and we know when we don’t. And we know it’s not something we can muster up when it just isn’t there. During the cold, long nights of winter, after the excitement of Christmas and Epiphany has passed, our lack of passion can be all […]

Sharing our faith stories

Sharing our faith stories

by Tiffany C. Chaney The Bible records countless times crowds gathered around Jesus, and times when individuals came to learn from him and to be healed by him. How did they know to show up? They didn’t read a post about Jesus that went viral on social media. Jesus didn’t have flyers up in the […]

Fear in the Bible

Fear in the Bible

by Emily Carson Fear is a very common theme in the Bible. In the Word of God, we are presented with all kinds of folks: the brilliant, the clueless, the average and everybody in between. There are people who live in constant fear without a chance of overcoming it. There are people who persevere despite […]

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

Faith Reflection: Rest and risk

by Jennifer Hackbarth Last summer I was given a three-month sabbatical from my responsibilities as a pastor. Not many people have such a wonderful opportunity, so I was intentional about making the best use of this gift–this gift for which I was, and am, so grateful. I chose the power of water as the theme […]