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December 6, 2010

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By Jeff Hochstetler, admission counselor
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Go and tell

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Standing at the side entrance of the Mariendom, in Erfurt, Germany, I stared up at the sculpture work. Adorning either side of the entryway were statues depicting the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins told in Matthew 25. On the one side of the door stood the joyful bridesmaids who had brought enough oil for their lamps to usher in the bridegroom. On the other side were the grieving and weeping figures who – having left to get more oil for their lamps – missed the arrival of the bridegroom and were shut out of the wedding banquet. A favorite parable of the medieval church, its meaning was clear – be prepared for the unexpected hour. (more…)

December 3, 2010

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By Ben Sutter, a sophomore history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)
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“Prepare the way of the Lord.” Wow, that is some kind of assignment. It’s a call to get people ready for the most life-changing event in history. John the Baptist is set apart by God to fulfill that role. God gives him a huge job and yet John the Baptist owns that task and it defines his life and gives him purpose. OK, so the way he goes about it is a little strange, in the desert with the locusts and all, but still he has a powerful message. It’s the message that brings people to him. “One who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals.” John lets his followers know that he is not the important one; Christ is. (more…)

December 2, 2010

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By Maria Koshmider, a sophomore elementary education major from Dundee, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:4-13 (NRSV)
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What does love really look like? Jesus Christ is God’s perfect image of love. Jesus befriended even the lowliest. He was a friend to sinners. God calls us to “glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” with “one heart and mouth.” We are stronger united as followers of Christ Jesus; lifting and building each other up, challenging each other and holding each other accountable. God calls us to love one another to build this unity within his kingdom. (more…)

November 30, 2010

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By Debra Brubaker, professor of music, department co-chair (sp)
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 11:1-10 (NRSV)
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Today’s Scripture passage – a description of the coming kingdom of God – sets power on its head with unusual language. The nouns of God’s righteousness are wisdom, equity, a belt around one’s waist, a shoot growing from a stump. Fantastical images are suggested: wolves and leopards lying down with young lambs, a lion eating straw, and unbelievably, a child playing over the hole of a deadly serpent. Does God really mean all this? (more…)

November 29, 2010

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By Heather Goertzen, resident director
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Prepare the way of the Lord

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I have a friend named Felisa who stands at 4-foot-nothing, has a third-grade education and twice a week prepares a three-course feast for women who prostitute in Bolivia. (more…)

November 26, 2010

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By Becky Horst, associate registrar and convocation coordinator
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:36-44 (NRSV)
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Each Christmas season, the mystery and miracle of Incarnation sends a wave of awe over me. Our God is a God who comes to us. The Creator of the Universe stirs and moves among us creatures here on planet Earth. Jesus of Nazareth came and lived among us more than 2,000 years ago. No one knows when he will come again. But we do know that the Holy Spirit stirs and moves among us today. Advent reminds us that God continues to come. (more…)

November 25, 2010

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By Stephanie Wyse, a senior elementary education major from Mount Pleasant, Iowa
SCRIPTURE: Romans 13:11-14 (NRSV)
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If you were told that someone was going to publish a book about your life, beginning from this moment on, is there anything you would change? At some point in the last few years I decided that I would live my life “like an open book.” I became convinced that if I was living for Christ, I should have nothing to hide. (more…)

November 24, 2010

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By Chris Wood, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 122 (NRSV)
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Although the group pilgrimage to the Jerusalem Temple setting for Psalm 122 may seem far removed from our situation in 2010, I believe that many aspects of this “Song of Ascents” continue to ring true for Christians in the third millennium. (more…)

November 23, 2010

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By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 2:1-5 (NRSV)
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Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, declared, “All things come to pass and perish through strife.” Much later, Thomas Jefferson seemed to agree. “The tree of liberty,” he proclaimed, “must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Are we destined to such self-fulfilling prophecies of warfare and violence? Is humanity simply bound by fate to be what Oliver Stone’s movie title suggests, Natural Born Killers?
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November 22, 2010

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By Bob Yoder, campus pastor

WELCOME:
Welcome to Goshen College’s online devotionals for the 2010 Advent season! Our theme this year, taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources, is “An Unexpected Hour.” Every Monday an author will introduce the sub-theme, whereas the following weekdays an author will reflect on a specific Scripture passage from the lectionary.
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