Highlight: From Potpourri to Science and the Bible

Dandelion bursting forth at College  Mennonite Church

Dandelion bursting forth at College Mennonite Church

Lately the blogs have been posted in a hodgepodge manner because that is the way life has been.  We have called attention to the “bursting forth” of the dandelion in Indiana, and around the world and have wished this year’s graduates a happy, successful life.

On Wednesday noon Stanley Green, CEO of Mennonite Mission Network explained the changing role of the Christian mission in the world. The new role puts Mennonite Misssion Network in partnership with other christians whose mission is consistant with the network’s core values.

IMG_0220-002That afternoon the Old Fool and best friend had a date to visit the DeFrie’s Calendar Garden.  The garden is circular and displays plants clustered to bloom acording to the seasons. Only the May flowers were in full bloom.  There will need to be a date again, this time in the month of June.

A precious rock

A precious rock

Doctor and Beth Defries supplied the land and the money, but a descendent of the Mennonite Cutrell family from Scottdale, Pennsylvania, supplied the vision and the labor to bring the garden into a reality.  Best friend and I wandered from the garden toward the plantation style house and met an employee of the park system. 

Petrified wood

Petrified wood

His school-teacher daughter came home while we were there. The father proudly called attention to the new engagement diamond ring on her finger.  She plans to be married in the garden this summer.  This graduate of Goshen College  referred to President James Brenneman as Jim, a habit I am trying to break. 

IMG_0222-003After finding and eating in a small Pizza Parlor, best friend and I returned to her apartment where she helped me assemble the simple work/practice booklet for each of the members of the Sunday School class I will begin teaching for a month on this coming Sunday. 

The subject of the class is “How to Study the (English) Bible.” This morning I discovered that the method of study I will teach is consistent with the scientific method of inquiry.  The first phase of study is observation, with pencil and paper to make notes.  Surely this study will spill into the blogs.

Our tulips

Our tulips

This evening I noticed the tulips in bloom at our house.  Much of nature is bursting forth.  Stanley Green told us on Wednesday that the Mennonite Mission Network has added care of the earth to its list of core values.  Surely, if the human family began to care for the earth as God would have it to be cared for, all nature rooted in love would burst forth with new life. 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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