World Communion Sunday

bread and wine

Hi all.

This Sunday, October 4, is World Communion Sunday, where we get to come together to share in the breaking of bread with Christ followers around the world, as we stand in solidarity as believers in the sacrificial love of Jesus shown by his death on the cross so that we may live and live abundantly. What a blessing that we can come freely to the table and break bread in remembrance of Jesus and all he did for all the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in this experience with other believers worldwide. We meet at 9:30AM at Emmanuel Mennonite Church. See you there.

Peace be with you.
Kim Becker


This is a message of greeting from your new Pastors, Kim and Chris Becker. We are so excited to be here with you at EMC. We are just beginning to fall into a rhythm here. Our new office hours are M-Th 10-2. Call the church phone (651-766-9759) before stopping in to make sure we aren’t out and about in the neighborhood or on a call. We look forward to getting to know each and every person who attends. You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days, weeks, years. Look here for new posts. Also, if you use FaceBook, or have thought about using FaceBook, EMC has a new page for you to check out. “Like” the page to see updates and posts there. Find that at EMC FB Page. Have a blessed week….


I wish to affirm and underscore what Archbishop Neinstedt recently wrote for The Catholic Spirit on November 7, in an article entitled, ‘Protecting Young People, Restoring Trust….” “Our first goal,” he says, “and of greatest importance, is keeping our focus on creating and maintaining safe environments. In short, the protection of minors must be our top priority, and it must be what animates our every action and decision.” He then says that, “Our second goal is to care for those who have been harmed by members of the Church. Our third goal is to facilitate the beginning of a healing process for our local Church in order to restore trust with the Catholic faithful, who are counting on the clergy and leadership of the Church to make virtuous decisions for the good of the Body of Christ. And, our fourth goal is to restore trust with our clergy, who are dedicated men and are deserving of our confidence and respect.”

As pastors, we both agree that trust is basic to the ministry of Christ’s under-shepherds, Continue reading “MORE THOUGHTS ON RECENT CLERGY ABUSE REVELATIONS”


With all the headlines in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about clergy sex abuse and cover-ups, some are crying “Foul!” at what they see as a journalistic witch hunt aimed selectively at the Christian church. Consider all the good that churches do for the poor, the sick and the shut-ins, they say. And aren’t there other organizations and institutions, corporate and governmental, at least as guilty of crimes and cover-up? Continue reading “ON A RECENT ROUND OF CLERGY SEX ABUSE REVELATIONS…….”


Mark 12:18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

There was once a rabbi who would always answer questions with more questions. That irritated one of his disciples to the point where, in exasperation, he asked, “Rabbi, why can’t I ever get a straight answer from you? Why do you always answer my questions with more questions?”

And the rabbi replied, “So, what have you got against questions?” Continue reading “THE SCRIPTURES AND THE POWER OF GOD”


by Pastor Mathew Swora

 I have just received another email from a beloved ecumenical organization urging me to urge everyone, from the pulpit, to vote this coming November for the state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as being only for one man and one woman. Many of my pastoral colleagues are speaking regularly about it from their pulpits. To them, this is a make-or-break moment in the defense of marriage, family, even of America. Therefore, Christians must not only vote for the amendment, they say. They should organize and advocate for it, actively, even in their churches, even from their pulpits.

That’s on top of other emails from other pastoral friends and colleagues, urging me to urge everyone to vote against this amendment, and for “marriage equality.” To them, the legalization of same-sex marriage is the next big step in the ongoing revolution of progress, democracy and human rights, maybe even in the unfolding of the kingdom of God on earth. Continue reading “THE SILENCE FROM THE PULPIT”


Recent issues of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune have hosted a renewal of the debate over evolution versus Biblical creationism (The Evolution of a Creationist, July 31, and “Genesis of a Social Divide” July 22). The debate was a battle between the stock arguments of biblical creationism and classical Darwinian evolution. But both sides, in referencing the Bible, overlook an important rule about the interpretation of any kind of literature: you interpret it according to what type of literature it is. Since there are many types of literature in the Bible, we should read literally only what is meant to be read literally. When we read, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” (Psalm 23) Continue reading “WHAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING”


Should we all be wearing body armor, or bulls-eyes? Gun violence is epidemic in certain neighborhoods of major cities, including my own, where I have learned what semi-automatic handguns sound like (five or so shots in a row, steadily-paced, one after the other, 1.5 per second). But as long as we weren’t gang members engaged in drug trafficking, we could tell ourselves that our chances of getting shot were slim, somewhere comparable to getting hit by lightning. That’s probably still true. But it doesn’t feel that way, not after the recent deaths in Minneapolis of innocent children, caught in the cross-fire of personal feuds and gang warfare. The only thing one child did to get shot was to sleep on his family’s sofa. And now comes word of the horrific massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, CO.  Continue reading “TOPPLING THE IDOLS OF FIREARMS”


I. INTRODUCCIÓN: Esta es mi primera presentación en español. Si hago errores en hablar, no me molesta si se rian de mi pronunciación o de algo gramatico. Solo les pido que me expliquen lo que es tan gracioso , para que aprenda y mejore mi español.


A. Primero Cuento Chino:

Había un hombre Chino, muy, muy viejo, muy frágil, que tenía más de noventa años, que era, digamos, casi moribundo. Casi nunca habló. Por causa de su fragilidad y sus necesidades, la familia tenía que ocuparse de él día y noche. Llego un día una hambruna por todo el pais, y su cuidado se estaba volviendo de más y más difícil. Por eso su hijo mayor construyó un ataud, y puso a su padre viejo en el ataud, para Continue reading “EL IMPACTO DE LOS PADRES”

Week 87: I Corinthians 2-9; Psalm 119: 1-1-96

I CORINTHIANS 2-9: As Paul responds to questions and controversies among the Corinthian Christians, consider how the cross applies as a symbol of God’s alternative, foolish-seeming wisdom to the matter, in contrast to the conventional wisdom of the world, that is all about rights, status and power. All of his answers are cruciform, or cross-shaped. But sometimes its hard to know what is a question and what is an answer. Its most likely that Paul is repeating the Corinthians’ own questions and statements, e.g., I Cor. 6: 12, “Everything is permitted to me.” That is most likely what the libertines in Corinth were saying, to which Paul replies, “But not everything is to my benefit.” Likewise with v. 13, “The stomach for food and food for the stomach,” would have been a typically Corinthian way of thinking about the use of the body. Ancient Corinth had a party-hardy reputation to maintain. Continue reading “Week 87: I Corinthians 2-9; Psalm 119: 1-1-96”