I am walking out of the Boundary Waters. The day has been windy and the heat level from the sun comes in just under blazing. Surprisingly, the BW Canoe Area Wilderness is less humid than Iowa, so the heat isn't too bad, especially as I pass into and out of little pockets of shade on… Continue reading Boundary Waters Reflections
One of this week's Advent scriptures comes to us from Isaiah 40 verses 1-11: Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries… Continue reading The Rough Places Plain
In the coming months, you will likely hear a lot about abundance and scarcity, luxury and lack. We, as a culture, are obsessed with these things. We are obsessed with who has what, who has not, and how each of them got there. We take investment courses and offer classes in our churches designed to… Continue reading What Are Our Storehouses For?
Last week I attended a mediation skills training led by Rev. Richard Blackburn of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. During one of the sessions, we were given a picture that describes the movement from consensus to division between individuals or within a group of people. Richard was describing how communication starts to break down and how… Continue reading Laugh a Little