ARTICLES

These are short articles I have published over the years, listed by date.

1983–October 11: “Lord of the church & Lord of history: Revelation 1.” Gospel Herald.

1983–October 18: “Jesus’ call to faithfulness: Revelation 2 and 3.” Gospel Herald.

1983–October 25: “Jesus Christ, the hope of the world: Revelation 4 and 5.” Gospel Herald.

1983–November 1: “The sealing of God’s servants: Revelation 6 and 7.” Gospel Herald.

1983–November 8: “Antichrist, then and now: Revelation 13 and 14.” Gospel Herald.

1983–November 15: “A tale of two cities (I): Revelation 18 and 19.” Gospel Herald.

1983–November 22: “A tale of two cities (II): Revelation 21 and 22.” Gospel Herald.

1987–November/December: “Learning from World War II conscientious objectors.” MCC Peace Section Newsletter.

1989–April 11: “Resisters, transformers, separatists, servants: Conscientious objectors in World War II.” Gospel Herald.

1989–April 25: “What did they accomplish? Conscientious objectors in World War II.” Gospel Herald.

1992–January 21: “How should 20th-century Christians read the book of Revelation?” Gospel Herald. [Presenting the case for a pacifist reading of Revelation as alternative to the future-prophetic approach.]

1992–October 27: “How do we take up our cross and suffer?” Gospel Herald. [Reflecting on the place of suffering in the life of discipleship.]

1993–October 5: “Mourning is about relinquishing a quest for control.” Gospel Herald.

1994–February 1: “However we receive it, pacifism is a gift from God.” Gospel Herald. [Considers the ambiguous legacy of Mennonite pacifism, suggesting that we best see pacifism as a gift, not an obligation.]

1994–March 29: “What happened 2000 years ago is still working.” Gospel Herald.

1995–April 4, 1995: “The way Jesus died is an example of the way Jesus lived.” Gospel Herald. [A meditation on how the story of Jesus’ death actually affirms life and provides a model for resisting the powers-that be.]

1995–May 23: “No other foundation can anyone lay than is laid: Jesus Christ.” Gospel Herald. [Reflections on the Mennonite confession of faith’s article on Jesus Christ.  Proposes a narrative rather than doctrine-centered Christology.]

1995–June 13: “Not a ‘good war’.” The Mennonite. [Reflections on why World War II should not be celebrated.]

1996–April 23: “Making the penultimate too important often leads to violence.” Gospel Herald. [Uses King Solomon’s story as a warning about making institutions too important.]

1997–July 1: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” The Mennonite. [Jesus argued against making family and ethnic ties more central to status in the faith community than faithfulness to his teaching.]

1998—March 3: “A faithful teacher in the church.” The Mennonite. [A personal tribute to John Howard Yoder, published shortly after his death, that emphasizes the importance of Yoder’s work for all Christians.]

1998–December 22: “Jesus and Herod: Two Kinds of King.” The Mennonite. [In reflecting on the fundamental differences between these two kinds of kings, we gain insights into Christian discipleship.]

2001–January 16: “Victory over the powers of death and evil: The book of Revelation.” The Mennonite. [A contribution to a series of articles by various authors on “difficult texts of the Bible;” focuses on Revelation as a positive resource for Christian peacemakers.]

2001—March: “A Pacifist Way of Knowing: Postmodern Sensibilities and Peace Theology.” Mennonite Life. [An essay that originated as a paper presented at a Bluffton University conference on Anabaptist faith and postmodernity. Argues for a pacifism that emerges as an alternative to many assumptions of modernity.]

2001—May: “Is ‘Academic Freedom’ a Mennonite Value?” Anabaptist Scholars Network Newsletter. [A “discussion starter” that grounds free inquiry for Anabaptist scholars in the biblical call to seek truth in the context of faith communities more than in Enlightenment values of individual freedom.]

2001–October 2: “Grief and critique: A prophetic approach to the acts of terrorism.” The Mennonite. [An American pacifist’s response to 9/11/2001 written a few days afterwards.]

2002–August 6: “The end of the world: why we are here.” The Mennonite. [“Eschatology,” the study of the end, should focus on the purpose of life more than the outcome of life–and the purpose is embodying the way of Jesus.]

2004—January 6: “Why Mennonite?” The Mennonite. [Identifying and reflecting on core Mennonite convictions.]

2004–October 5: “Anabaptist Faith and American Democracy.” The Mennonite. [As pacifists and as Americans we have a responsibility to help bring healing to the world–but to do so only in ways that are consistent with our pacifist convictions.]

2005–September 6: “Mercy not retribution: Salvation of and in the Old Testament.” The Mennonite. [Shows how the Old Testament is best read as the source for Jesus’ message of peace.]

2006–May 2: “The Anabaptist faith: a living tradition.” The Mennonite. [Argues that the traumas of the 16th-century Anabaptists both help us understand problematic dynamics of present Mennonite communities and point toward key ideals that remain vital.]

2007—May 21 – August 13: The Old Testament Prophets: Reflections on the Sunday School lessons. Mennonite Weekly Review [A series of 13 short Bible studies.]

2007–June 19: “The legacy of CPS: Why Civilian Public Service is important.” The Mennonite. [Looking back at the witness to peace in the midst of World War II that, while seemingly insignificant at the time, grows in significance as the years pass and the world fails to overcome its warring madness.]

2008–September 2: “How does Revelation speak today? Revelation is about Jesus, not vengeance.” The Mennonite. [An introduction to the theology of the book of Revelation arguing that the central message of this book is a call to persevering love in the face of the world’s brokenness and evil.]

2009—May 25 – August 17: The Old Testament Law: Reflections on the Sunday School lessons. Mennonite Weekly Review [A series of 13 short Bible studies]

2009—October 20: “Healing Justice.” The Mennonite [A critique of retributive justice practices, a theological analysis, and suggestions for an alternative—restorative justice—that better reflects biblical justice.]

2010—August 23 – November 15: The Old Testament God: Reflections on the Sunday School lessonsMennonite Weekly Review [A series of 13 short Bible studies from Exodus and the Psalms.]

2010—September – August 2012: “Pursue Peace.” Purpose [A series of 24 meditations on peacemaking dealing with various issues with an emphasis on personal application.]

2010—December: “Why we pay attention to Jesus.” The Mennonite [Our culture’s sense of what Jesus is about actually, in many ways, can help us understand why we should pay attention to Jesus.]

2012—February 20 – May 14: The Gospel of John in brief. Mennonite World Review [A series of short Bible studies focusing on the Gospel of John.]

2012—July: “Who can stand against it? The ‘good’ war and the Beast of Revelation.” The Mennonite [The Book of Revelation provides a helpful perspective for thinking about resisting the war spirit that World War II empowered in the United States.]

2013—Summer. Mennonite World Review [Reflections on worship in the prophets; the building of the second temple.]

2014—Fall. Mennonite World Review 

2016—Summer. Mennonite World Review [Romans.]

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