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...]

I’m Mennonite… and Finally Became Anabaptist: Embracing our Mission to Post-Christian America

  I’m a Mennonite. Yes, it’s true.  Mennonite even in the “ethnic” sense.  In fact, I often say that I have more of a family wreath than a family tree because both sides of my lineage link to the Mennonite Brethren from Prussia.  I actually broke the wreath by marrying a Russian Molokan turned evangelical [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Your Coat, A Longer Walk, & Love Your Enemies (part 4)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– The Shirt off Your Back, and then Some! This second scenario envisions a situation where a creditor takes a poor person to court [Read More...]

Nonviolence 101 – Activating the Nonviolent Imagination (part 3)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– The Nonviolent Imagination If a command to not use violent force is indeed how Jesus opens up this section of the sermon, then [Read More...]


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