An Anabaptist Ecclesiology for a Global Pandemic

I’m convinced that the church is the gathered people of God. In the New Testament, even when the word ekklēsia points beyond local gatherings to the universal church, it still has the idea of “the church that gathers”: followers of Jesus who live together in the world as Christ’s body, God’s family, a new humanity …

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“The Bible is Clear”: No, It’s Not—But That’s Okay

“The Bible clearly says…” I’ve heard this many, many times over the years, always spoken with great fervour. I’ve even been known to say something like this myself a time or two. So I get it, I really do. You read a passage in the Bible, and it just makes sense. It fits with what …

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Holding on to Identity as a Minority Faith

From December 2017 through February 2018, I wrote a series of short articles for MennoMedia's Adult Bible Study Online. Over three weeks I am reproducing those here in my blog. Here is the article for January 7, 2018, based on Daniel 1. Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with an estimated 2.3 billion …

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On Being—and Doing—Church

There are many good New Testament passages one can explore to envision what the church should be and do: Romans 12-15, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4-5 are all good options, among others. Still, when I think about the church there’s one specific verse that always seems to come to mind first: They devoted themselves …

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Being Disturbed toward Love and Good Deeds

Tucked away in the sermon-letter known as Hebrews, in its summary of its central section, is this evocative statement: “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds” (10:24). The Greek word translated “provoke” in this version is paroxysmos, and it’s actually a noun. It’s almost always negative in connotation. It’s …

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