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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Here’s the full audio of Pastor Michael’s sermon from November 12, 2017, reflecting on the seventh Beatitude in the Sermon on the Mount: And here’s a written excerpt, exploring the “peacemaking” Jesus calls us to: As Christians we know the … Continue reading

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What is “Pacifism”?

Pacifism is on the way out in some circles, even as it’s trending in others. I’m certainly not the first or the only one to have noticed this. Many churches and individuals with historic or traditional ties to pacifism are … Continue reading

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MLK and “The Things that Make for Peace”

On December 20, 2015, I preached a sermon at Morden Mennonite Church on “The Things that Make for Peace.” I’ve excerpted some of that sermon already in a previous post, but in honour of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in … Continue reading

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“The Things that Make for Peace”

“Peace? Sure, we have peace. Jesus brings us peace with God. But no more war? Not in this world!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this sentiment. Not necessarily in those exact words, but the idea has … Continue reading

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Jesus Was a Peacenik After All

This past weekend I hosted my seminar on Jesus in history called, “Was Jesus Married? …and other awkward questions.” (The answer to that one, by the way, was, “Almost certainly not—though it is not historically impossible, and shouldn’t be theologically … Continue reading

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“Turn the Other Cheek” ≠ “Be a Doormat”

This past Sunday I taught our adult Sunday Study class. As always, it turned into a wide-ranging discussion only remotely connected to the topic, in which we noted and immediately solved all the world’s problems. (Just kidding, of course. It took us at … Continue reading

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“From sea to sea”: On Canada, the Church, and the Kingdom of God

This post is adapted from my sermon this past Sunday. It was prompted by the reading from Zechariah 9:9-12 in light of both Canada Day and the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this past week. A mari usque ad mare. “From … Continue reading

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