Preparing the Way for Renewal

Erica Lea-Simka serves as pastor of Albuquerque Mennonite Church. This post was originally published December 11, 2014. – – – – – – I lived my entire life in Texas. Now I live in Washington, D.C. where they have these magical machines called snow plows that clear off the road so cars can drive, people…

Reflection on Baptism and Wilderness

Here is a sestina I wrote as a reflection on my own baptism and on this week’s reading from Mark 1. Sestina: Baptism At eight-years-old I gave my life to Jesus–or at least that’s what I promised before my dad–our pastor–dunked me in the water. And up I came–a new creation, my sins cleaned away,…