When I read a book, I'm never just reading. I jot down the occasional note, underline a quote, add a star for emphasis, slip bookmarks between the pages I want to come back to, sip my tea, look out the window, send a tweet, and find other ways to engage whatever I'm reading. This weekend … Continue reading 5 Ways to be Inspired by The Gospel Next Door
Here are my top ten articles for this year according to the total number of views--a good mix that embraces church and ministry, Scripture, prayer, personal, and writing themes. Have a quick scan below. Did you miss any of these? Is your favourite listed? Surprisingly, #1 this year is also my all-time most popular post! … Continue reading The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki
For Christmas eve, the children of my congregation shared prayers of peace that they had written for children in the Philippines and Nepal. I hope to share their beautiful words on the Emmanuel church website [See Celebrating Jesus by Praying for Peace], and in the meantime, here is the intergenerational litany of peace that I … Continue reading Praying for Peace on the Fourth Day of Christmas
Like Jacob wrestling with God (Genesis 32:22-32), I sometimes find myself struggling to pray--struggling against doubt, struggling against inertia, struggling for the right words when all the words I know seem hopelessly inadequate. I've wondered how to pray for the Syrian refugee crisis when you can't find the words and how can I pray about this really … Continue reading How to Pray for Peace When You Can’t Find the Words
Thank you to all those who prayed, questioned, encouraged, offered resources, attended, and otherwise expressed interest in last week's interfaith event where I had been invited as one of three featured speakers on the topic of fasting as an aid to peace. In my previous article written before the event, What is Interfaith Dialogue and How to … Continue reading In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?
Just two and a half weeks ago, I received an invitation to be part of an interfaith dialogue on fasting and peace from Rizwan Peerzada, who is the President of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’ in Abbotsford. "As people of faith, I feel we should have some kind of relationship," he explained. What better way … Continue reading What is Interfaith Dialogue and How to Prepare for It
I was disappointed that my copy of A Living Alternative arrived too late for the MennoNerds January blog tour. But when it finally arrived, my disappointment quickly turned into deep engagement. The book's wide range drew me in, from Old Testament scholarship to church planting to the experience of being single; from heavily researched pieces … Continue reading 20 Great Reasons Why You’ll Want to Read A Living Alternative
Simplified living is about more than doing less. It's being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus. It's walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favor of the few to which we've been called and for which we've been created. It's a lifestyle that allows us, when our heads hit the … Continue reading Simplified Living