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Unlearning and Relearning

This pastoral study project, which I’m now calling Stained Theology, began in January 2022. The funding entity—Louisville Institute—hosted a two-day consultation (by Zoom) for the 25 grant recipients. It was a beautiful array of people and backgrounds and interesting projects. … Continue reading

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Seeing Color

Recently I had a dream where I was floating amongst pieces of colorful stained glass. The light was so vibrant that it was turning my skin into a kaleidoscope of colors. It was a trip! I suppose it shouldn’t surprise … Continue reading

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“A picture is worth a thousand words…”

This oft-quoted adage rings true for me, who tends to be a visual learner (and semi-lazy reader). Perhaps that is why reading picture-less books such as the Bible is sometimes a struggle. Yes, there are plenty of illustrated Bibles to … Continue reading

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Late for Easter

This year at Rainbow one of our high school students is accompanying the opening Easter hymn, Christ the Lord is Risn’ today. I hope she isn’t late, which I say only from personal experience. (My one and only debut as … Continue reading

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It came upon a violent midnight

The police and emergency responders were called to the 1400 block of Southwest Boulevard (the same block as Rainbow Mennonite Church) near midnight on December 3. A gathering of teenagers and community members had gotten out of hand and violence … Continue reading

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Liv

You may or may not have noticed these yellow ribbons near Rainbow. They started appearing over a year ago, after a three year old named Olivia died. You can read about it here and here. Warning: Child Abuse Olivia’s death, … Continue reading

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Holy week triggers

Every year during Holy Week I try and find ways (not always successfully) of issuing a trigger warning. That’s because the Biblical stories of Jesus’ arrest and trial includes horrific and brutal scenes–unspeakable torture and terror. Those of us haunted … Continue reading

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Duh-ciples

For those of us traveling through the gospel of Luke this Lenten season, let’s take a brief look at Luke 13:31-35: At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to … Continue reading

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Getting cross-examined and cross in Luke 11

For those reading through the entirety of the gospel of Luke during Lent, here are some thoughts on chapter 11. After Jesus leaves the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), he begins (or continues) to get tested, cross-examined, and … Continue reading

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Luke 10: 25-37 and doing more than compassion by proxy

In addition to the reflections I shared in this week’s worship video, I now share some excerpts from a sermon preached by Matt Westbrook at Portland Mennonite Church in 2015. When MLK gave the speech (linked above), it was April … Continue reading

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