Shalom Community Church

A Mennonite and Church of the Brethren Congregation
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Shalom Community Church

Welcoming Statement

We at Shalom Community Church strive to fulfill a vision of shalom, to embody the love, compassion and justice of Jesus in our personal and community journeys. Without exception, all who share this vision are welcome to participate in the full life of the church. We value the creative tension and the strength that result from sharing differences in beliefs within the community and we are committed to pilgrimage peacefully, simply, together.

The Resurrection of Lazarus

Paul Versluis

Jesus was a controversial figure.  His teaching, his politics, his healings, his occasional claim to be the Son of Man, Son of God, Messiah, these are hard to accept.  Even among friends who witness the events, they were not sure what to think.  Nicodemus was not convinced.  The Samaritan women at the well, she thinks Jesus is a prophet, maybe the Messiah.  And the blind man who was healed, he is not sure who Jesus is.  “All I can say is that I was blind and now I can see.”  In our story today, people ask Jesus point blank, “Tell us plainly, are you the Messiah?”   Read more

A Rhetorical Wander Through the Common Good

Don Thackrey

I am a Christian and take Matthew 25 to heart, but I am also a student of English rhetoric, fascinated by words and phrases—how they come about and how they interact with those who use them.

After a bit of reflecting, I found myself with some misgivings about how the phrase “the common good” was used recently.  I decided to invite you to wander with me down a path observing complications in, and raising questions about, the phrase “the common good.”  Read more