The quiet in the land

According to the Scriptures, Christians should lead quiet and peaceable lives. Is that the same as being “the quiet in the land?” That slogan has taken deep root among many who call themselves Mennonite. The words come from Psalm 35:20: “For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet … Continue reading The quiet in the land

My Reading List

Here, in no particular order, are the books which I am currently reading, books that I have begun and intend to finish. The North-West is our Mother. The story of Louis Riel's people, the Métis nation. copyright 2019 by Jean Teillet, published by Harper Collins. (This is Métis history written by a Métis.)Beyond Order. 12 … Continue reading My Reading List

About my last post

Earlier today I re-blogged an article entitled 14 things you (probably) don't know about Christianity, but really should. The article came from the British magazine Premier Christianity and I decided to pass it on, for two reasons. The first reason was that it illustrated a non-confrontational way of responding to the ideas that people have … Continue reading About my last post

Winsomeness

More than 350 years ago, Blaise Pascal described what he hoped to achieve with his writing this way: People despise Christian faith. They hate it and are afraid that it may be true.  The solution for this is to show them, first of all, that it is not unreasonable, that it is worthy of  reverence … Continue reading Winsomeness

Ten easy ways to squander our spiritual heritage

1. Speak often about our goodly heritage but remain tongue tied when asked to explain what it is. 2. Say we believe everything in the Bible, but never read it from beginning to end. 3. Consider a worship service to be a spectator activity. 4. Never volunteer for any task in the congregation. 5. Be … Continue reading Ten easy ways to squander our spiritual heritage

African Americans and the Bible

The January - February issue of Christianity Today carried an article entitled Black Bible Reading Endures. I would like to share some of the statistics and a couple of quotes from that article. Twice as many African Americans as other Americans to say that Bible reading is crucial to their daily routine. They are twice … Continue reading African Americans and the Bible

The threefold purpose of the church

As I read the New Testament, the evidence accumulates that there is a threefold purpose for the existence of the church. Each of these purposes is connected to, and dependent upon, the other two. Perhaps we could call this a three-legged stool and whenever one of the legs is shorter than the others it creates … Continue reading The threefold purpose of the church

Paul, the master apologist

Being an apologist for the Christian faith may sound like expressing our regrets for being Christians. The true meaning is quite the opposite; it means being able to talk about our faith without fear or embarrassment, and to always be ready to “give an answer” (apologia) to those who ask about it. The apostle Paul … Continue reading Paul, the master apologist

Charles de Gaulle and Christian apologetics

(First posted four years ago.) Why do I think that talking about Charles de Gaulle will help to understand the purpose of Christian apologetics? Follow me as I try to explain. The First World War was mostly fought on French soil, meaning that the people of France bore the greatest share of the war’s death, … Continue reading Charles de Gaulle and Christian apologetics