My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them in the past, but they’ve never worked. “Resolution” can sounds so decisive, so irrevocable. So guilt-inducing. Let’s call this my pastoral New Year’s goal, then. Here’s what I’m aiming for as a pastor for 2017: to be patient in love, persistent in prayer, faithful in … Continue reading My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution

Politics and Power, the Jesus Way

Politics. I saw you cringe. It’s one of those topics not fit for polite conversation. It may be entertaining for some, intensely interesting for others, but for many it’s one of those “change the subject” kind of subjects. But politics are everywhere. There are politics any time we humans organize ourselves in order to make decisions for … Continue reading Politics and Power, the Jesus Way

Christians and Israel (3) – God’s Kingdom is for All Peoples

This series is adapted from a sermon I preached on August 3, "What should we think about Israel?" See here for part one, "Describing the Crisis," and here for part two, "Modern Israel is not Biblical Israel." Follow the links throughout for sources and more information. In the last post I claimed that modern Israel is not the … Continue reading Christians and Israel (3) – God’s Kingdom is for All Peoples

Christians and Israel (1) – Describing the Crisis

This series is adapted from a sermon I preached on August 3, "What should we think about Israel?" See below for part two, "Modern Israel is not Biblical Israel." Follow the links throughout for sources and more information. It’s interesting watching my Facebook feed whenever Israel is in the news, which seems to be nearly always. I … Continue reading Christians and Israel (1) – Describing the Crisis

“From sea to sea”: On Canada, the Church, and the Kingdom of God

This post is adapted from my sermon this past Sunday. It was prompted by the reading from Zechariah 9:9-12 in light of both Canada Day and the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this past week. A mari usque ad mare. “From sea to sea.” That’s Canada’s motto, a symbol of our national unity from the Atlantic … Continue reading “From sea to sea”: On Canada, the Church, and the Kingdom of God