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
On November 23, 2022, I was invited to share my thoughts on apology as part of A Time to Listen‘s (ATTL) “Stories of Repentance, Apology, & Reconciling Initiative.” ATTL is a project that aims to create safe spaces to hear from members of the LGBTQ+ community in the Canadian Mennonite Brethren family. Below is the … More A Time to Listen: On Apology
Jesus is born into the midst of deep longing for liberation. God’s people root their identity in their deliverance from Egyptian slavery into the promised land. They are the people who cried out under oppression, whose God heard their cries and came to be-there* with and for them. “I have seen how My people in … More O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Every time Christmas nears, the scene of Linus reciting from Luke 2 comes to mind. Charlie Brown is frustrated with a meaning of Christmas wrapped up in flashy decorations, showy pagents and greedy consumerism. He knows there is something else, something more, something special, but he can’t quite put it all together. Linus takes center … More What’s This All About?
I’ll get right to the point: we’ve got to talk about LGBTQ inclusion in the church. I know there is a lot of emotion swirling around this conversation. People and churches are afraid to “have the talk” for many reasons – fear of conflict, change, loss, the unknown. Churches and denominations split over this. It … More Fruit & Roots
Conversations about LGBTQ inclusion in the church, if they are had at all, often devolve into “lobbing back and forth ‘clear’ Bible verses as grenades” meant to “end discussions” rather than find a way forward (listen to Pete Enns tackle this in Episode 70 of The Bible for Normal People). Many times “agreeing to disagree” … More Moving the Conversation Forward