Does it matter? I’m knee deep in transcribing interviews, coding survey data and writing (Dmin thesis). It’s a bit like herding cats, only the cats are ideas and insights that have to be captured, and written down, and put into a coherent form. In the midst of all that, a question popped into my mind. […]Read more "Does it matter if we’re Mennonite? (a serious, in-house, question)"
A while back I was listening to local talk radio. The question they were discussing was, “Is there a famous person, that you don’t know personally, that – if they died – you would cry?” I’ve had some interesting conversations with people around that question. At the time, I couldn’t think of anyone in particular. Then […]Read more "Live long and prosper | The death of Leonard Nimoy and my imagination"
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often […]Read more "Quote of the Week"
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:3 is often pulled out in the church in […]Read more "Do my ears itch? | An exploration of the use of 2 Timothy 4:3"
I hesitate to say this out loud, but it is something that bothers me every time it happens. My words here are an honest reflection on how a particular comment I receive (semi-regularly) feels. My words are not meant as a slam to those who make this – or similar – comments. Those who say […]Read more "A soft rant (delivered in love)"
I got my start in vocational Christian ministry in 1993. Back then people who started new, seeker-driven, contemporary churches would say, “We’re not your parents church!” That’s a perfect message to Baby Boomers who had experienced the institutional church as dull, with nothing to say and an old way of saying it. We’re not your […]Read more "“We’re not your parents church!”"
…it would be perfectly possible to change the entire contents of our beliefs without altering the way our beliefs function. Take the example of someone who identifies as an evangelical Christian and for whom that belief acts as a type of emotional crutch. Let us imagine this person growing up in an overtly religious environment […]Read more "Quote of the Day"