He drank water

Raleigh Mennonite Church Matthew 3-4 March 5, 2017 During the summers that I lived in Palestine and Israel I spent most of my free time hiking. I had a couple friends who would take me with them on these weekend adventures, bushwhacking through banana plantations, scaling the plateaus to the Decapolis cities, threading the wadis … Continue reading He drank water

A God Who Stays

Raleigh Mennonite Church Matthew 17:1-8 I want to believe that he talked back to them, his radiant companions, And I want to believe he said too much was being asked and too much promised. I want to believe that that was why he shone in the eyes of his friends, The witnesses looking on, because … Continue reading A God Who Stays

A Costly Peace

  Raleigh Mennonite Church Jeremiah 6:13-14 John 14:25-27 Matthew 10:34-39 The Scriptures you heard today may not be the Bible passages that first come to mind when we’re engaging our pacifist tradition. We tend to turn towards gentler texts, the “blessed are the peacemakers” verses when we talk about peace. But today I’ve moved us … Continue reading A Costly Peace