Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing

I have been teaching the Bible and writing about Christian theology in various ways, in a variety of settings, for over twenty years now. This has mostly been a rewarding task. I love learning new things or discovering new ways of seeing things, and I love seeing the same light bulb turn on for others. … Continue reading Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing

MLK and “The Things that Make for Peace”

On December 20, 2015, I preached a sermon at Morden Mennonite Church on "The Things that Make for Peace." I've excerpted some of that sermon already in a previous post, but in honour of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S. I'm posting another excerpt, my conclusion to that sermon. Many of you will … Continue reading MLK and “The Things that Make for Peace”

“Turn the Other Cheek” ≠ “Be a Doormat”

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”

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

“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