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Advent day 19: The longest night

12.21. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marathana Prothro is assistant professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. She and her family attend Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, Ohio. Once upon a time, I would have told you the longest night was Christmas Eve. It felt like an eternity as I tossed and turned, willing myself to sleep so Christmas would hurry […]

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Advent day 18: Stomping through the stubble

12.20. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Kay Bontrager-Singer is co-pastor of Faith Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.  She is a “farm girl” turned social worker/pastor and mother of three sons, along with a few extras who call her “mom.” She is an avid gardener, enjoying the sensation of rich garden soil under her feet. Reflections on Malachi 3:16-4:6 stub·ble /ˈstəb(ə)l/ noun […]

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Advent day 17: Advent is for emphasis

12.19. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Tonya Keim lives in Hesston, Kansas, with her three young children and six rowdy chickens. She works for Bluestem Communities. Reflections on Psalm 77:11-14 and Acts 3:17-4:4. There are certain things we repeat, like teeth brushing, telling the kids to pick up their rooms, lines before performing in a play, basketball practice drills, passwords typed in for […]

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Advent day 16: Talking to Kings

12.18. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is a retired pastor and area conference minister. She currently volunteers as a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, serves as a consultant to pastors and congregations and will publish her memoir in 2018.  She lives in Newton, Kansas, attends Bethel College Mennonite Church, and enjoys dark chocolate, afternoon naps and trips to […]

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Advent day 15: A holy conversation

12.17. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is a retired pastor and area conference minister. She currently volunteers as a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, serves as a consultant to pastors and congregations and will publish her memoir in 2018.  She lives in Newton, Kansas, attends Bethel College Mennonite Church, and enjoys dark chocolate, afternoon naps and trips to […]

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Advent day 14: What good is faith anyway?

12.16. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. Though the fig tree does not blossom,     and no […]

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Advent day 13: The Christmas that was promised

12.15. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. O Lord, I have heard of your renown, […]

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