This website is mostly an effort to share a bit of my thinking with members of my congregation, former students, and anyone else who happens to find their way here. “Sanctorum Communio” refers to the communion of saints, or the church across time and around the world. 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 Christian 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 short pieces focus on scripture and have their origin in sermons. Second, you will find 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. I’m particularly interested in the ways churches, and their related organizations, can serve the common good in this post-Christedom context.
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 school as a wilderness guide and farm hand. I still like to think I know my way around mountains and lakes. My family and I grow what we can in our little backyard. I’m a baseball fan too, suffering in the shadow of the American League (pitchers really should be required to bat).