The incarnation. Advent is a celebration of the incarnation, of God who became human flesh in Jesus Christ.
Contemplation has been described to me as a long, loving look at the real. In my spiritual-direction training, I get to do a good bit of this.
Growing up in a Christian -family in Indonesia, a Muslim-majority country, I didn’t often see Christmas decorations except in church.
Is your church inclusive? Does it hold high expectations for its people? Is it possible to do both? Mark D. -Baker argues that it is.
Advent can sneak up on you. It is also a lot of work. But, as the season approaches, I get excited. This excitement is born out of the reminders Advent brings.
When the covid lockdown happened, we were shocked to find ourselves stuck in our houses. But honestly, we’ve been moving toward a more homebound existence for years now, decades really.
I believe it was an act of humility for Mennonite pastor Brad Roth to write a book about the Lord’s Supper.
Part of my heritage as a conservative Mennonite is the teaching that Christians should dress simply and modestly. At Mountain View Mennonite, the church Ivan and I currently attend, there is no standard like the one in my childhood congregation, which says women should wear cape dresses.
North Americans take for granted the ability to cross borders with ease. Customs agents wave us through without a second look, while other travelers get scrutinized. Nationality, skin color, gender and religion can complicate travel.
Many years ago, when I first came to live on the homeland of the Yakama nation, I had the privilege of hearing an elder speak at a large public event at the local university. I was a member of the faculty at the time.