Bondage, Faith, and Liberation: White-Middle-Class Reflections on the African American Struggle

As I look at my own religious tradition and begin to contemplate the book titled, Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans, by Albert J. Raboteau; it would be easy for me to say that this book does not relate to my experiences at all.  I am a middle class white person of Mennonite [Read More...]

A Personal Post: Remembering My Grandpa (a sermon)

This is a sermon I gave yesterday at my Grandpa’s funeral.  He was an amazing man of God and after reading this you will know why… _____________________________________________________ Life is a Journey – The Legacy of Corny Penner It was a day that would define the rest of my life.  From the broom-shop (our family trade) [Read More...]

Philemon: Forgiveness that Leads to Reconciliation, part 4 (Radical Reconciliation)

What follows is a manuscript from a sermon I have preached on a few occasions.  I walk through the whole book of Philemon.  Love to have you follow along in this series.  My prayer is that it will inspire you to “forgive as you have been forgiven…” The rest of the 5 part series is [Read More...]

An Image of My Former Self: Why We Must Remain "one nation, under God"

I have not always had many of the more ‘controversial’ views that I hold today.  For most of my life, I embraced a typical evangelical stance on everything from theology to politics.  However, as I have been engaging the Scriptures for the past 6 years, my views on several (not all) of these issues have [Read More...]

Philemon: Forgiveness that Leads to Reconciliation, part 3 (A Slave, a Master, and Forgiveness)

What follows is a manuscript from a sermon I have preached on a few occasions.  I walk through the whole book of Philemon.  Love to have you follow along in this series.  My prayer is that it will inspire you to “forgive as you have been forgiven…” The rest of the 5 part series is [Read More...]

Welcome to Visitors from Sojouners blog!

If you are new to this site, I want to personally welcome you here!  Thanks for reading my article at Sojourners, and I hope that you will enjoy other things that have been written here. For those who are regulars, feel free to check out my article called: “Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatable” [Read More...]

Unpopular Annual Post: "Why Christianity and the '4th' are Incompatible" OR "Why this is NOT a day to celebrate" OR "Why my friends wont like me for the next week or so"

I want to start out this post with a huge disclaimer… what I am about to say may sound radical or irrational to some. I also want to say that I have a great respect for those who differ with me on this issue that I am about to discuss, so I invite your ideas [Read More...]

Philemon: Forgiveness that Leads to Reconciliation, part 2 (Business / Partnership Metaphors)

What follows is a manuscript from a sermon I have preached on a few occasions.  I walk through the whole book of Philemon.  Love to have you follow along in this series.  My prayer is that it will inspire you to “forgive as you have been forgiven…” The rest of the 5 part series is [Read More...]

Philemon: Forgiveness that Leads to Reconciliation, part one

What follows is a manuscript from a sermon I have preached on a few occasions.  I walk through the whole book of Philemon.  Love to have you follow along in this series.  My prayer is that it will inspire you to “forgive as you have been forgiven…” The rest of the 5 part series is [Read More...]

Seeing Ourselves through the Eyes of a Child, Guest Contributor: James B. Carroll

What a cool thing it is to connect with so many people, from so many places, and with so many perspectives.  This is a post that was birthed out of my OPEN MIC blog post (BTW- still accepting submission ideas).  I want to hear from others, about how God is at work in their own [Read More...]

If Tyranny Reigned, How Would Church Look Different? Guest Post: Robert Martin

What a cool thing it is to connect with so many people, from so many places, and with so many perspectives.  This is a post that was birthed out of my OPEN MIC blog post (BTW- still accepting submission ideas).  I want to hear from others, about how God is at work in their own [Read More...]

Is the Earth Intrinsically Valuable or Simply a Resource? Quote to Ponder: Christopher J.H. Wright (repost)

This is a post that I wrote last year that I feel has some relevance today.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this one! __________________________________________ Over the past months I have been doing some reflection on how Christians have understood the value of the planet and the rest of creation. As I have [Read More...]

Why Theology Matters!

Hey reader friends!  I want to point you to an article I wrote for Joey Aszterbaum, who is the writer of the “Charismanglican” blog and a regular at Groans From Within.  It can be found here: “Why Theology Matters.”  Love to here your thoughts on this short article…  Also, I recommend adding Joey’s blog to [Read More...]

GRIEF, REPENTANCE, AND THE BP OIL SPILL, Guest Contributor, Debra Dean Murphy

What a cool thing it is to connect with so many people, from so many places, and with so many perspectives.  This is a post that was birthed out of my OPEN MIC blog post (BTW- still accepting submission ideas).  I want to hear from others, about how God is at work in their own [Read More...]

"What are the Boundaries of the Central Truths of Christianity?" Guest Contributor, Josh Wise

What a cool thing it is to connect with so many people, from so many places, and with so many perspectives.  This is a post that was birthed out of my OPEN MIC blog post (BTW- still accepting submission ideas).  I want to hear from others, about how God is at work in their own [Read More...]

Open Mic: A Chance for You to Contribute to a Post!

This is a new post series I will do from time to time called: Open Mic.  Here is the point — I want to hear from you!  What theological, church, cultural, or social justice issues are you thinking about these days?  You can comment on this post by writing a 200-700 word blog-style-essay that will [Read More...]

Quotes to Ponder: Early Church on Empire and Violence

Since I have been on the topic of empire/nationalism/violence/military lately, I thought I’d throw out some quotes,  from the period between the Apostles and Constantine, that have challenged me.  It is historically undeniable that the early church of the first three centuries was against employing violence in any situation.  Something that is frustrating at times [Read More...]

Dear Reader… "Wrestling" With Nonviolence

Dear Reader, There is an area of theology that I have wrestled with in new ways for the past four years or so: war and peace.  I have a friend who pushed back on areas of nationalism and just-war theory for quite some time, and it seems that we have found consensus in the last [Read More...]

Whose Kingdom, Which Lord? Jesus & Nationalism, part 5 (Concluding Exhortations… Native Americans as Victims of Nationalism)

This is part four of a five part series on Jesus and Nationalism.  It reads as one fluid written sermon so you may want to read the rest of the series.  I have never spoken this sermon but figured I would use the blog to get the text out there… ————————————————— So, lets return to [Read More...]


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