Mr. Koh's story powerfully demonstrates the complexity of forgiveness. On Oct 9, his house was broken into and his mother, wife, and son were brutally murdered. Later, the person... Read More
October 9, 2012 |
Most of us had never heard of the tiny island off the coast near Hiroshima called Okonoshima . In fact, we discovered, it was also erased from many maps on purpose. Yet in this... Read More
October 9, 2012 |
Many churches are exploring the what 'formation' means in their life and work. At First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg we are doing the same. Here is a sermon I preached on the... Read More
September 25, 2012 |
NARPI stands for Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute and is run through collaboration among several organizations across South Korea, Japan, and China. Their goal is... Read More
September 7, 2012 |
It took two weeks and some intense times together, but by the second "cultural night" of NARPI (Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute), groups were no longer isolated by... Read More
September 6, 2012 |
Akido is sometimes described as a nonviolent martial art . At the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in Hiroshima, Japan, I had the privilege of learning a bit from a... Read More
August 24, 2012 |
It's hard to hear the stories. The images are sickening. My imagination cannot grasp the kind of suffering the people of Hiroshima endured and even survived. My faith in humanity... Read More
August 17, 2012 |
While studying in Harrisonburg, Virginia, I was fortunate to have work on campus. What I didn't realize when taking the job that I would have an ethical dilemma. If I received a... Read More
August 16, 2012 |
While living in the United States, I thought a lot about J. Nelson Kraybill's " Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation " and I've... Read More
August 14, 2012 |
Mountaintop removal. Tar sands. Mass destruction of earth and creation for sake of getting at the coal and oil underground. While there are inevitably complexities for each... Read More
August 5, 2012 |
A statement made by Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Executive Director Ken Warkentin concluding a recent Canadian Mennonite piece “ We’re Sorry ” caught me off guard. In it he took,... Read More
July 27, 2012 |
I wanted to share something in my sermon this Sunday that reflected my experience at Assembly 2012. I decided to reflect on the two passages that conclude Being a Faithful Church... Read More
July 20, 2012 |
The time has come to move again . We were in Harrisonburg, Virginia longer than I thought we would be, and it's been good. But the end always comes and somehow we say goodbye... Read More
July 20, 2012 |
"The Wounded Heart of God: The Asian Concept of Han and the Christian Doctrine of Sin" by Andrew Sung Park is not light bedtime reading. Yet, I think this is one of the most... Read More
June 12, 2012 |
Now that I've finished my master's in Education and a certificate in Peacebuilding from a Mennonite university, I suppose I should know something about Anabaptist education. In... Read More
June 9, 2012 |
He poured the bowl full of water, then held it out, balanced on his palm, fingers angled down and away from the thick bronze base. Slowly, he moved the wooden mallet around the... Read More
May 31, 2012 |
In my last post I was pushing towards more care in how we articulate possible notions of faithfulness tied up in practices intimately linked with having a social awareness and... Read More
May 24, 2012 |
A number of blogs that I follow push back (most recently here ) pretty hard against a type of personal activism that ends up creating a structure a moral evaluation with no sense... Read More
May 16, 2012 |
Arianna Huffington claims that a big problem for women (and men, although she's focused especially on women) is that we don't get enough sleep. She even offered a challenge in... Read More
April 12, 2012 |
I once heard a story about the influential biblical scholar Brevard Childs. A student asked him how to become a better interpreter of the Bible. Childs's response, as it was told... Read More
April 10, 2012 |
Easter this year felt special. I guess it does every year, but I thought a lot this Lent and Easter season about the meaning of all of this in a way that I haven't before. In our... Read More
April 9, 2012 |
Two women, working as "maids" in 1960's segregated southern United States, cross racial lines to take a risk in telling their stories to an eager young writer. Watching " The Help... Read More
April 4, 2012 |
These days, you might see more people wearing hooded sweatshirts than normal. You might see more people eating Skittles than normal. If you notice this, don't feel intimidated. If... Read More
March 30, 2012 |
"When you being to see nature as a mentor rather than a warehouse, your emotions to the rest of the natural world become one of respect." This quote comes from a unique... Read More
March 27, 2012 |
I have come to expect that the people I invite over to my house may feel uncomfortable doing so. This is not surprising as even until recently my street in particular has made it... Read More
March 13, 2012 |