In addition to being a pastor, I contributed to the broader theological conversation. My advanced academic training came in the form of a doctorate in Christian theology from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto and a master’s degree in religion from Eastern Mennonite University. I have held visiting fellowships at the Collegeville Institute, Calvin College and the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. My writing and research has been published in a variety of venues.
Participating Witness is a revised version of my doctoral dissertation. It is a work of constructive theology that tries, among other things, to make sense of the fact that Anabaptists still practice believers baptism in an era when most of them no longer believe it is the only viable baptismal practice.
Bonhoeffer the Assassin? is a book I co-wrote with Mark Thiessen Nation and Daniel Umble. This book challenges the commonly held assumption that the German theologian and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was intimately involved in plots against Hitler’s life. In doing this, we offer a revised version of Bonhoeffer’s biography and a rather detailed description of the development of his ethics. This is a controversial book that has been widely reviewed and discussed.
Power and Practices is a collection of essays by a variety of scholars all grappling with the legacy of a prominent Mennonite ethicist, John Howard Yoder. The essay were collected and edited by myself and Jeremy Bergen. It is now widely acknowledged that Yoder was a deeply flawed person and that both the church and the institutions that employed him did not do enough to hold him to account. Though this is true, the impact of his work on Mennonite theology, and Christian ethics more generally, remains significant.
I have two book-length writing projects currently underway. One, titled Speaking of God: An Essential Guide to Christian Thought, will be published by Herald Press in the fall of 2019. This book is a lively introduction to the enduring conversation that is Christian theology. It is intended for post-secondary students, participants in church-based learning groups and anyone else wanting to begin thinking more purposefully about the way Christians speak of God, the world and human flourishing. The second project is a theological reading of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy. My current research project, which was supported by the Louisville Institute in 2017, is an exploration of the origins of three ‘Mennonite Indian Residential Schools’. I have given several talks on this subject and am currently preparing some of my findings for publication.