“Do you think people are doing the best that they can?” A few weeks ago I listened to the final episodes of Brené Brown’s podcast, Unlocking Us, where she explored this question. Reading an excerpt from one of her books about a encountering an almost comically difficult person in a very challenging situation, she shows … More Their Best, Our Boundaries & Grief
I was nine years old. Standing at the bus stop before school, I was feeling self-conscious after a haircut my parents had just given me. A kindergartner came up to me and asked, “Are you a boy or a girl?” My face flashed hot and I mumbled an answer. I wanted to hide. I don’t … More Are you a boy or a girl?
We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, and our place and purpose in this world. We turn to them again and again for identity and guidance. Stories shape how we see and how we act. As I said in my last post, sometimes we use the stories we tell as a defense against … More The Stories We Tell: Centered on False Innocence?
There is more than meets the eye to the exclusion of LGBTQ people and those who attempt to explore LGBTQ inclusion. As I’ve explored the Mennonite Brethren (MB) suspension and expulsion of member churches, I’ve suggested that though leadership continue to point to “the centrality of the Confession of Faith,” there is more going on … More Why Is It So Hard To See?
One of the things that first attracted me to Anabaptism was its insistence on following Jesus. Being a Christian was about more than getting your theological ducks in a row. Good theology should result in a good life. The predominant way I learned to think and talk about that good life was as obedience. The … More Obedience, Authority and Power-Over
It seems like every month I’m hearing about another Mennonite Brethren (MB) church being placed on “membership suspension” by their MB Conference for adopting (or even discussing) LGBTQ inclusion in some form. Whether by making space for gay marriage as a “disputable or secondary matter” or affirming that the marriage covenant is open to same-sex … More On the “Centrality of the Confession of Faith” for MB Leadership Suspending Church Membership Due to LGBTQ Inclusion