On Contexualizing Two Failures of John Howard Yoder

& Yoder.

Mark Thiessen Nation, with Marva Dawn  [Note: I write the following after having written two previous blog posts, in the first of which, among other things, I affirmed the statement formulated by the faculty of AMBS. Thus the following reflections should be understood in light of my earlier posts.  I should perhaps add that I… Read more »

What to say about John Howard Yoder’s sexual misconduct?

& Yoder.

The following is the paragraph I wrote almost two years ago for GAMEO (Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online) in my brief biographical sketch of John Yoder: In 1991 formal complaints of sexual misconduct were brought against Yoder by eight women.  A task force was appointed by Yoder’s home congregation.  Following a year of investigating the… Read more »

Do You Know Who You Are? (a sermon)

& The Politics of Jesus.

Do You Know Who You Are? or “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” 1 Kings 21.1-10, 15-21a; Psalm 5.1-8; Luke 7.36-50; Galatians 2.15-21 (6/16/’13)  The following is a sermon I preached at the Early Church, a Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA, where I am one of… Read more »

The Heterodox Yoder?

& Uncategorized.

The Heterodox Yoder.  By Paul Martens.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012. Pp. 166. $20. Let me say at the outset that I think this book is wrong in its central argument, profoundly wrong.  However, I also think it is instructive, perhaps importantly instructive in a couple of ways.  So, what is its central argument? As… Read more »

Elections & Idolatry

& Uncategorized.

John Nugent, a young Yoder scholar mentioned here before, has recently written an entry on “nation/nationalism” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics.  Out of that research he is writing three blog posts.  The first one has just been posted on his blog, Walk and Word.  The other two will be up within the… Read more »

Election Day Communion–Indeed!

& Uncategorized.

I had been meaning for weeks now to add my affirmation to the effort by Mark Schloneger, Kevin Gasser and Ben Irwin to call for Election Day Communion. (The first two, I am happy to say, are former students; Mark gave me the name for my blog.)  I think this is a wonderful statement—and a… Read more »

The Naked Anabaptist or Particular Anabaptists?

& Uncategorized.

This post is offering reflections on the book, The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray.  For a book published by Herald Press, a Mennonite publisher, it has been a fairly popular book, studied within many Mennonite churches in North America. I love clever, evocative book titles.  What Would Jesus Deconstruct? is one of my favorites.   A… Read more »

Purposeful Plan: Mennonite or Mennolite?

& Mennonite, Uncategorized.

Note: This essay offers reflections on “The Purposeful Plan,” a document written to guide the Mennonite Church USA some years into the future.  It was discussed at the last national convention in Pittsburgh in 2011.  It has been or will be discussed by individual Mennonite congregations, by delegates within regional conferences this summer and as… Read more »