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When the Powers Take Over – NT

When the Powers Take Over The Experience of the Church Colossians 2:6–19 In a previous article, I examined how supposedly Godly people become enmeshed in behavior that is obviously evil. I illustrated this through the story of the Golden Calf in Exodus 32, as well as the contemporary story of a Mennonite farmer turned drug

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A Movement Toward Inclusion

Inclusion of people with disabilities. I have been reflecting on how my own journey with people with disabilities coincides with the movement to include persons with disabilities at the center of Christian congregations. My journey began when I realized I was a father of a child with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It continued as a

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Look! The Days Are Coming!

Jeremiah 33:14–16; Luke 21:25–28 It was Thanksgiving weekend of 2021, also known as the beginning of the “Christmas season.” The excitement was building in a Milwaukee suburb as people lined the streets for the annual Christmas parade. It was especially anticipated because the year before, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the parade.

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Ertell Whigham (L) and Paul Leichty (R) with South African intern, Benjamin Mkentane, Summer 1986

I Must Decrease

For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:29d-30) On a mid-December weekend, I traveled from north central to southeast Pennsylvania for a special recognition of a friend and former pastoral colleague. In 1990, he and I and one other person were the founding pastors of a unique

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