“Here I Am!” (by Mike Fox)

By Mike Fox  On my desk at work I have a scripture-a-day calendar.  When I get to work in the morning, one of the first things I do is tear off yesterday’s verse and look at the new verse.  I never look ahead.  I look forward to the surprise.  Last week one of the verses…

Redeeming the Time, Orbiting the Son

I’ve been reading the Old Testament prophets lately, and that may partially explain why this post has a sharper prophetic edge to it. In 2 Timothy 4:2, pastors are called to “Preach the word…in season and out of season” and that preaching sometimes involves “rebuking” as well as “encouraging with great patience and careful instruction.”…

Justifying My Existence

I was alone at the church this Wednesday, preparing a large table for our second “Agape” gathering — a new monthly celebration of the Eucharist. I found my soul anxious and my spirit restless. I was physically tired, but mostly suffering from fear of disappointing others and myself. Whenever I put my hands to some…

Don’t Let Fear Win

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” -Ghandi “Have a safe trip!” we say as they drive out of the driveway. “Safe travels!” we say as we drop them off at the airport. “HAVE A SAFE SUMMER,” the school sign reads as kids leave for summer break. Such commonplace…

“A Kind Admonition” by Menno Simons

I have enjoyed reading through many of Menno Simon’s writings this week. A great website has made them available to us at http://www.mennosimons.net. Here’s an excerpt from a letter called “A Kind Admonition” that spotlight’s a key focus of Menno’s teachings: the new birth that results in a new life shaped by the example of…

My Annual Halloween Rant

The cute little ghosts and goblins, witches and vampires knocking on your darkened door with disappointment that you’re not home are NOT the evil we should be placing in the crosshairs of our spiritual warfare offensives.  Doesn’t the Bible itself warn us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”?  So, why do some Christians get so bent out of shape over these cute children disguised as angels of darkness?

Music Artists & Soul Artisans

Like a rock band with a new released album, we all tend to live our lives trying to climb up someone else’s chart, always comparing ourselves to those below and above us. We obsess over our outward appearance and reputation, neglecting to care for our inner selves.

Texts for Taming the Tongue

I compiled a sampling of sacred texts below that can help us be more loving and wise in our interactions on social media. If only all Christians would seriously consider these words before they send off that tweet or make that comment on a friend’s post. These are just a few of the hundreds of…