Steve Kimes

I am a Mennonite pastor (he/him) who is a Bible nerd but only follows the revolutionary path of Jesus. I live in Eugene and Portland, Oregon and spend a lot of time working with people who have no homes.

Selected Agrapha

“Agrapha” are sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical gospels, but still early enough to possibly be a true saying of Jesus, or a reflection of something he said.  The most famous agrapha is the story of...

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The American Dream

The American Dream seeks prosperity.Jesus says “Woe to you who are rich.”The American Dream says work hard and you will succeed.Jesus says “Seek the kingdom and you will be given what you need.”The...

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Responding to a Sermon

“I went to church the other day and heard a sermon. It was like many sermons I’ve heard in the past, giving a very moral point of view. The point was: “Love your neighbor but hate your enemy.” Well, that’s one point of...

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Jesus Lives!

Last Friday at a public transportation stop a couple miles from my house, two teenage women with hijabs were standing. A rough man came up to them, yelling at them, telling that Muslims don’t belong in this country....

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Irony

A famous businessman became president and he invited thousands of peers to come to his inauguration.  Instead of being overjoyed, they made excuses. “My job requires me to be in the office,” said one.”I...

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A School of Fools

Today is April Fool’s Day, the day of jokes, pranks and attempts to deceive.  A “fool” on this day, would be considered the butt of a joke, the one who is deceived or pranked.  In the range of meaning of “fool” we...

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I Met God

I saw a man in a suit walking up to a street woman. He placed a bag next to her. She was nodding out, and so didn’t notice him.I approached him and asked, “I don’t mean to disturb you, but she’s my friend...

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Springs

Love is not a still well, waiting for the thirsty to dip in and be quenched.Love is a spring that flows into a stream, always emptied, always filled.Should the emptying cease, the flowers would be flooded.Should the filling...

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Against Hate

It is not enough to be reactionary. Criticism, protest, satire points out what is wrong, but cannot, by itself, create what is right.In order to make a better world, we must form community based on...

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Devoid

It is seeking refreshmentin an ocean of salt.It is looking for truthon a flat, black canvas.It is lingering hopein a hangman’s knot.It is piercing one’s heartand all pass by.It is deep conversationat a drive-thru...

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