It’s the first day of Lent today, that season in the church calendar that leads up to Easter. Which also means it’s the day we all get to hear what particular vice people are giving up for Lent—usually coffee, chocolate, or social media, it seems. I don’t want to sound cynical. I really don’t. There … Continue reading Giving Up Lent for Lent?
This past Sunday I taught our adult Sunday Study class. As always, it turned into a wide-ranging discussion only remotely connected to the topic, in which we noted and immediately solved all the world's problems. (Just kidding, of course. It took us at least 45 minutes to solve them all.) One of the things that came up along … Continue reading “Turn the Other Cheek” ≠ “Be a Doormat”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B5vj6QouDc Okay, so being “Mennonite” is not as straightforward as it might seem. For some, the word “Mennonite” brings to mind plain dress and beards, head coverings and communal living. For others, it means having a “Mennonite” name like Friesen or Wiebe or Dyck. For some it involves speaking low German and eating Borscht with … Continue reading On Being “Mennonite”
There are about a zillion misconceptions out there about Mennonites. These include a whole cluster of wrong—or at least very thin—ideas about pacifism. Some of these thin ideas about pacifism even come from Mennonites themselves. “I’m no pacifist,” I hear people say, with great fervour. “I tell you, if someone was coming after one of … Continue reading Passive Pacifists?