February 19, 2019

Here’s a roundup of some stories that caught my attention from various Mennonite outlets over the past few weeks. If there’s any I should include in a future dispatch, let me know in the comments. 1. Militant Mennonites Over at Canadian Mennonite, Karl Koop writes about an aspect of Mennonite life that many Mennonites would like to ignore: pro-war Mennonites. Koop writes, To be sure, there has always been a nonresistant or pacifist thread running through the Mennonite story. Throughout the centuries,… Read more

February 15, 2019

Last year the church where I serve as teaching pastor, Keller Park Church (South Bend, Indiana), celebrated its 50th anniversary—or our very own year of Jubilee. To celebrate this occasion, I preached a series on the Jubilee theme as found in the Gospel of Luke (with allusions to Isaiah and Leviticus). Below is the fourth sermon of the series. (While you’re here, check out the other sermons, Revolution, Release, and Rest-oration.) When I was in college, I tried to keep a regular… Read more

February 13, 2019

If you’re not Mennonite, J. Lawrence Burkholder may be the most influential Mennonite ethicist you haven’t heard of. Burkholder had a distinguished career as a Goshen College and Harvard Divinity School faculty member, including being named as the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity and first chair of the Department of the Church. And he later served as president of Goshen College from 1971 to 1984. But despite all this, his publication output was fairly meager. One explanation for this,… Read more

February 7, 2019

Last year the church where I serve as teaching pastor, Keller Park Church (South Bend, Indiana), celebrated its 50th anniversary—or our very own year of Jubilee. To celebrate this occasion, I preached a series on the Jubilee theme as found in the Gospel of Luke (with allusions to Isaiah and Leviticus). Below is the third sermon of the series. (While you’re here, check out the first and second sermons, Revolution and Release.) When I was a kid, we observed the Sunday Sabbath quite… Read more

February 5, 2019

Today for my “Dispatches” post I want to share a bit about Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana, where I work (for one of my jobs) and some of the things going on here. (I’ll share about my other job as a teaching pastor some other time.) My first time on campus at AMBS was nearly a decade ago when I audited the course Christian Attitudes toward War, Peace, and Revolution, taught by Ted Koontz. Koontz took over the… Read more

January 31, 2019

Last year the church where I serve as teaching pastor, Keller Park Church (South Bend, Indiana), celebrated its 50th anniversary—or our very own year of Jubilee. To celebrate this occasion, I preached a series on the Jubilee theme as found in the Gospel of Luke (with allusions to Isaiah and Leviticus). Below is the first sermon of the series. (While you’re here, check out the first sermon, Revolution.) Does anyone else remember learning this story as a kid—perhaps in Sunday school with… Read more

January 30, 2019

Last April, Fuller Seminary president Mark Labberton spoke at a private meeting of evangelical leaders at Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois, on the crisis within evangelicalism. In his address, Labberton observed, “The central crisis facing us is that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been betrayed and shamed by an evangelicalism that has violated its own moral and spiritual integrity.” Labberton identified issues of power, race, nationalism, and economics as having a deforming influence on the contemporary evangelical movement. While I… Read more

January 24, 2019

Last year the church where I serve as teaching pastor, Keller Park Church (South Bend, Indiana), celebrated its 50th anniversary—or our very own year of Jubilee. To celebrate this occasion, I preached a series on the Jubilee theme as found in the Gospel of Luke (with allusions to Isaiah and Leviticus). Below is the first sermon of the series. When I was a kid, my brother and I used to spend our summers watching movies on VHS. I think we owned… Read more

January 22, 2019

Last week I posted some dispatches from the Anabaptist ecosystem, which are basically stories from the Anabaptist-Mennonite world that caught my eye. I intend this to be a regular feature here at Anabaptist Revisions as I continue to offer gentle revisions to the Anabaptist vision in light of Mennonite reality. Here are five stories that caught my eye over the past week. 1. Introducing Menno Simons Mennonites take their name from sixteenth-century Reformer Menno Simons. Don’t know who Menno is?… Read more

January 19, 2019

This weekend I plan to continue a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tradition I started last year. Here’s what I wrote last year for MLK Day in my local paper, the South Bend Tribune: This weekend the country is going through the annual ritual of whitewashing King’s legacy in order to make him palatable to white moderates. We will listen to sanctimonious sermons and speeches that will claim King as a national hero and thereby imply that we are worthy as a… Read more

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