My Nonviolent “Tipping Point” – How I Finally Adopted Pacifism

I never liked Anabaptism. In fact, I actively looked for examples of Mennonites that broke away from traditional stances like nonviolence. As a high school student, I can remember taking pride in the church my Grandpa grew up in because a bulletin from the 40’s revealed over twenty young men away fighting in WWII. As [Read More…]

The Ugly Beauty of the Kingdom of God

Much in the world is ugly. Ugliness manifests itself in ways that we hope never to even imagine. Each day it confronts us when we least expect it. Depending on the day, the circumstances, or our disposition in the moment of confrontation, our responses may differ. Ugliness in a movie might bring us to tears [Read More…]

From the Margins: Following Jesus in a post-Christian culture

[This article originally appeared in winter 2012 issue of In Part, the magazine for the Brethren in Christ community in the U.S. I highly recommend you read the other articles from this past issue that explore the theme of Anabaptism.] I met David randomly. I’d been sitting in a coffee shop one evening, working on a [Read More…]

What are we selling this Christmas? – Why Jesus was born in Bethlehem and not Rome

Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. The first of these is the sloganeering of it all: do we dare say “happy holidays?” How dare we be the sort of people that love our neighbors by not imposing our Christ-Mass holy day onto their December agenda! Only if one believes that America [Read More…]