Author Archives: Steve Heitland

12.10.2015 Building Update

We are now 3+ years into our building, and many things have settled in. We’re used to the ebb and flow of church life in our permanent home, and we’ve begun to establish fun traditions like the Christmas Tree Lighting … Continue reading

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Prosperity for Us All

The prosperity gospel is all around us. And while we might not chase after the crass versions represented by Joel Osteen and others, it is hard to avoid the message. In America, our great god is Progress, and if we … Continue reading

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Abortion in America

For many of us, we have never known a time when abortion was not legal in our country. Roe v. Wade was in 1973, the year before I was born. For reasons I won’t go into here, that decision jeopardized … Continue reading

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Cool Old Bibles

One of the fun parts of being a student of church history is studying the history of Bible translation. There are so many fascinating stories that lay behind the various versions of the Bible that we know today. Many men … Continue reading

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Gay and Mennonite?

Though I wasn’t born in Lancaster (strike one) and didn’t grow up Mennonite (strike two), I have strong connections to the Mennonite community through my wife. When Lori and I were dating and I would tell folks out here that … Continue reading

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St. Patrick

We’re a bit early, but next Tuesday┬áis St. Patrick’s Day (which happens to be my birthday, so only a few shopping days left…). Patrick was a fascinating man who lived an extraordinary life, though somewhat┬áinvoluntarily. Recently, John Aloisi over at … Continue reading

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2.5 Years In

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already been occupying our building for 30 months. For the math-challenged (or, -allergic), that’s 2.5 years. It’s difficult to quantify the impact of this building on our life as a church body. What’s it … Continue reading

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