“What Do You Love About Living in Your Country?”

By Janel Breitenstein | July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
What do you love about living in your country?

It was this past Tuesday that my friend Dana, volunteering at a local refugee center, found herself surrounded by a handful of adults with origins all over East Africa. She’d volunteered to tutor in English, and thirteen appeared that night, their skin in varying hues of cinnamon, cocoa, and dark chocolate, and their English capabilities […]

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Not Enough Superlatives

By Barbara Rainey | April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
not enough

This spring I’ve been learning about the precision, the impeccable timing of every word, every act of God. I’ve long known that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, that each book is a long unfolding scroll with His image gradually becoming clearer with each turn of the page. Good Friday is the culmination. […]

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Maundy Thursday: Staying Engaged

By Barbara Rainey | April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
maundy thursday

I have learned a new concept in recent years. It goes like this for me: When I am in a conversation with someone that turns to statistics, numbers, and percentages my brain begins to fog.  Soon I mentally wander away while my face stays pointed toward the speaker so as to feign attention. Math has […]

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Why It Makes Sense to Wear White on Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2014 | 9 Comments
white at Easter

Saturday as I was working outside on a glorious spring day out of nowhere came the words to an old Easter song by Irving Berlin that I remember from my childhood:  “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,  You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.” And then I thought how […]

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Palm Sunday Reflections

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
behold the lamb

The story we know so well of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, celebrated annually in churches by children happily swinging palm branches in the aisles, illustrates our constant confusion about Jesus. We always misinterpret Him. Like the twelve disciples who wanted Jesus to become a literal king that Sunday, and mount a military […]

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