Saturday, March 19th, 2022
In my previous essay, we discussed what is behind the conservative Anabaptist way of life and faith.  I shared that after 35 years of study and immersion in this faith community, I have become convinced that the answer is the way we Anabaptists understand and apply Scripture - the Anabaptist hermeneutic.  This hermeneutic is driven by three questions: “What if Jesus is who He says He...

Once again, we will drop new episodes every Thursday.  A few changes you can expect … 

  • Shorter, more focused episodes. 
  • Several thematic series, including a kick-off series on issues related to work and money and another series focused on how to use the internet and related technology well. 
  • Episodes that follow up with questions and concerns...

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Have you ever wondered what is behind the unique set of convictions that define conservative Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, Brethren, and related groups)? We Mennonites often call them “distinctives” – deeply rooted practices among the “plain people” that are uncommon within much of the rest of Christianity, like:  Non-resistance (conscientious objection to violence and...

Saturday, February 5th, 2022
I was a slightly nerdy, freshman chemistry major begrudgingly taking the required basic communications course. Dutifully, I decided to make the most of the class and write my term paper on what is fundamental to friendship initiation.  Deep in the musty, psychology journal section of the library, I found I was not the first to want more “scientific” answers in addressing this question....

Saturday, January 1st, 2022
“The chicken showed me where the chickens are getting out,” said my son.  We soon fixed that hole in the fence. (Unfortunately, there were more.) What stuck with me were the words “the chicken showed me”. Those words indicate observation and attentiveness. And, perhaps I push the point too far, openness to learning from the chicken. ...

Saturday, December 4th, 2021
Jesus said, “Watch out for those Pharisees; watch out for their teaching.” Later when asked by the disciples who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus set a little child among them. When the mother of Zebedee’s boys requested a power position, Jesus said, “You do not know what you are asking.” Accompanying His object lesson with the little child, He said authoritatively, “Be child-like.”...