The World Together blog
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted 40 days and 40 nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. — Matt. 4:1-11
We went to see The Lego Movie at the drive-in a few weeks ago. Popcorn, Reese’s Pieces, beanbags and blankets in the back of the car — it was a sublime evening.
This past weekend, we were privileged to have Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation community in northern British Columbia as a special guest here in Lethbridge at both our Mennonite Church Alberta Annual Assembly on Friday and Saturday, and at our morning worship service on Sunday. The timing of the event was significant here in Alberta, as the Truth and Reconciliation’s final national event will be taking place in Edmonton this week (Mar 27-30). Cheryl is gifted musician and storyteller, and it was delightful to both hear from and get to know her over these short few days.
Newsflash: Parenting is not easy. This news comes as a surprise to no one who has participated in the hard work of raising children. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it: no one could have described to me just how much my life would change post-child. Sometimes I think back on myself during pregnancy — blissfully snapping “belfies” (belly selfies), sorting clothes, prepping a nursery, and writing out a birth plan — and utterly unaware of how my life was going to flip upside down.
Mennonite Church USA finally seems near a tipping point on issues of human sexuality. The path, however long and tortuous, seems to be leading to elevating the gospel message of loving relationship over the ancient purity codes around human sexual preference and practices. Recalling the early church’s angst over circumcision, I find it interesting that two millennia down the road, the hottest topic in the church still revolves around what happens with men’s sexual organs. At least today women’s are on the table, as well. We can be grateful for small steps.
Jesus once told a parable about a rich farmer who “yielded an abundant harvest” (Luke 12:16). His crop was so plentiful he didn’t have enough space to store it. After thinking about the matter, the farmer decided he’d simply tear down his barns and build bigger ones to store his surplus food. He could then “[t]ake life easy; eat, drink, and be merry” (16-19). In other words, with his stored-up wealth he could retire and live “the good life.”
My career as an unofficial evangelist began in my first year of university.
A reflection on Gen. 3:1-7
I have been working with youth and young adults for well over two decades now. During this time I have also become a parent of two young adult boys (men). I say this because I am not innocent of the issues I want to raise.
A year ago — March 13, 2013 — Pope Francis officially became pope. Since then he has fascinated the world.