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The quest for perfection

6.28. 2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman

Photo: Alex Honnold scales El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  A few weeks ago rock climber Alex Honnold climbed the 3000 foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in just under four hours. What makes Honnold’s attempt from this past week so impressive is not simply the short amount of time it took […]

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Breathing at high altitudes

8.17. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Jane Bishop Halteman is from Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, where she contributes to a weekly blog, Glimpses of Healing and Hope. She is a spiritual director, writer, photographer,active grandmother and member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This post originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog of Mennonite Church USA.  I’ve […]

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Knowing and Unknowing

5.26. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Jane Hoober Peifer recently moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia after retiring from pastoral ministry at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September of 2013. She continues ministry as a spiritual director, retreat leader, worship leader for Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council, and mentor/coach for new pastors in Mennonite Church USA’s Transitioning into Ministry […]

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Love that kept me from death

5.6. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Asia Frye is a seminary student through the Connect program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She lives in Hillsboro, Kansas, with her husband and two daughters. Their family attends First Mennonite Church where Asia previously served as youth pastor before becoming a full-time student. She likes table top games, climbing, driving in the demo derby, […]

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Don’t let fear stop you

3.22. 2016 Posted By: The Mennonite

This reflection was first published on, where you can read more devotions and subscribe to receive them in your inbox each weekday during Lent. Annika Detweiler is a first-year nursing major from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As I reflect on this passage, I am reminded of the upside-down message that Paul has brought to us, Jesus’ followers. In […]

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Created in clay

3.21. 2016 Posted By: The Mennonite

Aaron Shenk works at Mennonite Mission Network as the budget finance manager and enjoys pottery as a hobby. This originally appeared on Mission Network Beyond blog.  My hobby of working with clay began at an early age. When I was 7 or 8 years old, my dad, who had recently joined the staff as the […]

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Spirituality for the third act of life

3.21. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Marlene Kropf lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She is a spiritual director, ordained minister, and Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. She also served for more than 20 years as Mennonite Church Minister of Worship and Spirituality. With Daniel Schrock, she is co-editor of, An Open […]

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