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The Bird and the Call

A scratching noise from the utility closet broke through the quiet dawn hours, awakening me in the adjacent bedroom. Investigating, I discovered the curious commotion was coming from behind the clothes dryer. Then I heard a faint chirp — a bird! The little fellow had slipped down the roofline vent pipe and become trapped. He […]

Uphold the Faith!

Faith is such a weighty biblical word that when we speak of it, some explanation is in order for the listener to know what we mean. Faith can refer to belief or trust in God or to a set of religious teachings or doctrines (i.e., the Christian faith). Faith “is the substance of things hoped […]

Two Things Too Wonderful

With the earth’s billions all having their opinions and peculiarities, we should be grateful for agreeable people. Thank heaven for any agreement that adds to the total tonnage of precious peace on earth. Celebrate those folks who agree to disagree and who find grace to do it without being disagreeable. More important than people’s position […]

Kingdom Loyalties

Dietrich Bonhoeffer begins his classic Life Together with these words: It is not simply to be taken for granted that the Christian has the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded […]

My Baptism Medley

Baptisms held in 1942 after an extended revival in the Alfred, ND CoG7.   Ken Lawson Cottage Grove, MN   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). In 1962, at age eighteen, I attended an Oregon youth camp at Silver […]

“The Bible and the Blood”

by Calvin Burrell When Scripture speaks of Jesus’ blood, it means His atoning death for the world’s sin. Neither the rugged stake where Jesus died nor the red blood He shed there has mystical or magical quality in itself. Christ and the sacrifice He made by His blood on the cross, however, have unlimited power […]

“The Lord’s Supper: The Third Cup”

by Amber Riggs “Frogs! Frogs! Frogs!” “Lice! Lice! Lice!” “Flies! Flies! Flies!” As we chanted the ten plagues in triplicate, my elderly grandmother confusedly looked around the table at her family as if she were convinced that the grape juice in our cups was actually wine — of which we had all imbibed in excess. […]

“United in the Lord’s Supper”

by Max Morrow Celebration of Lord’s Supper has always seemed to me to be a family event. The entire family shares the service together — mother, dad, children, even babes in arms —as much as possible. It’s for the entire household, as Passover was. The Lord’s Supper also means gathering with fellow believers — the […]

“Nourishment for the Journey”

by Tim Youngs When I’m on a road trip with my family, it’s important to me as the driver to take breaks to refresh myself and get an energy boost. It is imperative that I nourish my physical body and maintain an alert mind for safety on the road. With my mind and body strengthened, my […]

“Foot Washing: Empty Ritual or Full Symbol?”

by Israel Steinmetz From an outsider’s view, Christianity is full of strange rituals. Even in non-liturgical churches like ours there is plenty of strangeness. We gather groups of people who mostly cannot sing and sing together every week. We dunk people under water as an initiation rite. We have a specialized language and social structure. […]