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
Pacifism is on the way out in some circles, even as it’s trending in others. I’m certainly not the first or the only one to have noticed this. Many churches and individuals with historic or traditional ties to pacifism are shrugging off that label, while many others are trying pacifism on for size, and liking … Continue reading What is “Pacifism”?
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”
"Peace? Sure, we have peace. Jesus brings us peace with God. But no more war? Not in this world!" I can't tell you how many times I've heard this sentiment. Not necessarily in those exact words, but the idea has been repeated so many times it's become a truism. "Yes, Jesus came to bring peace: … Continue reading “The Things that Make for Peace”
This past weekend I hosted my seminar on Jesus in history called, “Was Jesus Married? …and other awkward questions.” (The answer to that one, by the way, was, “Almost certainly not—though it is not historically impossible, and shouldn’t be theologically problematic.” Can you say, “can of worms”?) But one of those other “awkward questions” was … Continue reading Jesus Was a Peacenik After All
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”
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