About this blog

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.

My writing here is semi-formal; none of these pieces are very refined. However, some essays do end up being edited and published elsewhere. When that happens I try to include a link to the most current version. The focus of most of my writing here relates to that ancient form of Christianottawa community known as the church, and it generally 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. 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 think 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).


2 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Anthony:
    Grant here from Three Hills.
    Had reason to think about you and a theological position that I seem to hold now, especially since I was at an AGM on Thursday night and discovered that I probably couldn’t be or wouldn’t be hired on staff if I were applying now, and had to sign a particular statement.
    I never asked too many questions back in the day (3 years ago) but think I may have some now.


    1. Hi Grant. Nice to hear from you. I remember you well.
      As you might expect, I have mixed thoughts on those sorts of community statements. On the one hand, I see the value in an organization defining itself as it wants. On the other hand, for ‘Christian’ organizations I think these kinds of statements can create an artificial sense of unity and stability. They rule valuable questions out of bounds too early.
      In any event, I hope you’re finding places to contribute.


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