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A Four Denomination Childhood

A Four Denomination Childhood By Doris Unruh   My faith story begins in a small town in extreme southern Iowa where there were four different churches. These four churches held many community events together, and I was as comfortable...

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God in My Passenger Seat

God in My Passenger Seat By Kristin Kaufman     Growing up, I would say I was a “routine Christian.” I grew up in a Christian home and we did all of the routine things that Christians do. We attended church very regularly on Sunday...

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Holding Scripture

HOLDING SCRIPTURE By Mitch Stutzman   “Was Jesus fully man?” That was the opening question from the professor of the first course I ever took in seminary. The eyes of my peers darted around the room, questioning each other, silently...

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Faith Journey in a Parka

Faith Journey in a Parka By Dorothy Nickel Friesen I grew up in Minnesota where summer never began before July!  After school was officially over at Memorial Day, the casual time at home on the farm began.  The ground was still cold; the grass...

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My journey with Scripture

My journey with Scripture   By Gordon Houser   I grew up in a fairly nonreligious family in Emporia, Kan. While my mother attended the local Methodist church semiregularly and we kids went to Sunday school through catechism (junior...

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The pandemic meets the church

The Pandemic meets the church By Dorothy Nickel Friesen My last public worship was in March 2020.  It was a funeral for my cousin.  The country church was full, the service filled with hearty singing, and of course, we ate a satisfying meal of...

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We need darkness and light

We need darkness and light By Dorothy Nickel Friesen   Sometimes a light surprises the child of God who sings. It is the Lord who rises with healing in God’s wings.  When comforts are declining, God grants the soul again a season of clear...

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New Software

New Software By Carol Duerksen What happens when you hold a book called God Calling by “two listeners” in 1932 in one hand, and in the other hand you hold one by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr in 2016? What happens when you read the two together...

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More Than I Did at First

More Than I Did at First By Beth Lichty   Running was an elusive sport to me for many years.  I watched many people I knew lace up their special running shoes for a daily run of a predetermined length.  Sometimes these runners would join...

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