Sanctorum Communio {by the skin of our teeth} is mostly an effort to connect with members of my congregation and former students. I’m happy that others have found their way here as well. “Sanctorum Communio” refers to the communion of saints, or the church across time and around the world. “The skin of our teeth” . . . well, Job barely survived, and in various places and times that’s also been true of the church. This might be one of those places and one of those times.

The focus of my writing here relates to that ancient form of Christianottawa community–the church. Most of that falls into one of three categories: First, what Karl Barth referred to as “the strange new world within the Bible.” Many of those pieces focus on scripture and have their origin in sermons. Second, you will find short essays and book reviews related to the Christian intellectual and spiritual tradition. I have a hunch that Christian theological work should be as natural for a pastor as it is for a professor. I’m putting that to the test here. Finally, there will be some reflections on the contemporary experience of the Christian faith. There is much we have to learn in this age unfolding after Christendom.

A bit about me: I’m a pastor and theologian. I currently serve as Lead Minister at Ottawa Mennonite Church. Before taking on this role I was associate professor of Christian theology at Prairie College. In case it matters, I worked my way through college as a wilderness guide and still like to pretend I know my way around mountains and lakes. I’m a baseball fan too, suffering in the shadow of the American League (pitchers really should be required to bat).


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