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Little reflections on the prairie

I decided to do some field research this week. Literally. I did sermon and Bible research (Ephesians 4:1-16) while sitting in a Flint Hills field. In the process, I reflected on this prairie piece written by my dad, Keith Harder. … Continue reading

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Away and in danger

Thank you, Rosi Penner Kaufman, for this reflection as we approach World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018.  This past Sunday during our time of praying together we sang these words from a hymn by John Bell and Graham Maule: If … Continue reading

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Running fever

“..Let us run with perseverance the race set before us…” –From Hebrews 12:1 Rainbow Mennonite Church congregant Aaron Barnhart has what you might call “running fever.” He lives to run. Or is it that running is helping him to live? … Continue reading

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Communal capes of blessing

As we prepare to join in a ministerial licensing service for Rosi Penner Kaufman this coming Sunday, May 13, I’m reminded of times I have received or led ministerial-related blessings and prayers. Here I am at my ordination service at … Continue reading

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Prayers, spring and Leo

On Earth Day, April 22, we will compost our Rainbow prayers collected over this past year. We’ve done this for the last several years, as shown by these pictures.   Rosi found a beautiful hymn for this occasion, which you … Continue reading

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Scared. Scarred. Sacred. 

“The scared meal” was not how I had intended to advertise our Maundy Thursday communion gathering. I blame auto correct for that, although come to think of it, the disciples were surely scared, especially given Jesus’ talk about future suffering. … Continue reading

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The matter of the body

“This man (Joseph from Arimathea)  went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. … Continue reading

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