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Hope Among the Wildflowers

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week short story from Kristin Neubauer Illustrated by Margaret Wohler Jenny steadied herself with her left hand as she squatted among the rubble. With her right hand, she tried to push aside a slab of siding jammed against the remains of the patio table. She’d taken off…

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Heading for Hope

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” Holy Week blog post from Nan DeRenzi Someday, people will write books about the Covid pandemic and how it changed their lives; that’s certainly the case for me (although likely not the book part)!  The pandemic-driven quarantine started the day I landed in Iowa to visit my then-fiancée, Laura’s,…

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Make Doing Good Fun!

From Guest Blogger: Shannon Steene, Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter Make doing good fun!  It’s the slogan on my office wall. Maybe it’s corny, but it’s been my goal for my tenure as the Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter. I think overall, it’s been happening.  Has it always felt fun to be here? No. Decidedly…

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Forgiveness

Jack Kornfield is a bestselling author.  He is also, as I understand it, a Buddhist monk.  Jack has taught mindfulness techniques and meditation around the world.  Lots of people are familiar with his work.  I have long admired and at times borrowed some of his stories.  Today is one of those days. On the train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia,…

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The Canaanite Woman

This is a complicated Gospel we have here this morning. For starters, it is a little hard for me to imagine Jesus being so rude and angry. This is not my Jesus, my Jesus said “let the little children come to me.” He perpetually had birds on his shoulders and his arms were always outstretched.…

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WE.MUST.DO.THE.WORK.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 I’ve always felt comfort taking in this verse from Micah. It is firm yet pliant. Prescriptive yet open to interpretation.  My name is Christian Simpson, and my family has been at…

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Wrestling with Angels, Biblical Style

Here is a biblical tale on a biblical scale of the Lord God Almighty trying to get his people’s attention. Sometimes God whispers with that “still small voice” and sometimes God uses a megaphone. Jeremiah, the 7th century B.C. “weeping prophet” was definitely one of these. His book is one of “the most stark and pessimistic in all of biblical…

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