Sanctorum Communio {by the skin of our teeth} is 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 Christian 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 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. And 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. I received a ThD in Christian theology from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto and a MA in religion from Eastern Mennonite University. I’ve 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 and I’ve been involved in these book projects:

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I have two book-length writing projects currently underway. One, a completed manuscript, is an introduction to theology that emphasizes the dialogical and canonical shape of this conversation about God. The working title is Putting Words to God: Joining the Theological Conversation. The second project is a theological reading of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy. My current research, supported by the Louisville Institute, explores the origins of three ‘Mennonite Indian Residential Schools’. 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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