Living with Differences of Theological Opinion

I have been doing some final preparation for a church history/historical theology class that I am teaching this semester for Fresno Pacific’s Biblical Seminary. It is part of a training sequence for those preparing for ministry in Presbyterian churches (you can read a bit more about it here). Last night I read through several accounts […]

“Habemus Papam!”

This is the Latin phrase shouted yesterday by crowds in Rome when the white smoke signaling the choice of new pope rose into the air, and when Pope Francis I appeared in his white robes. Mennonites and Evangelicals have historically not been much interested in the papacy, but all of that has changed both among these […]

Reformation Day

In five years, on October 31, 2017, we will celebrate the 500th  anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. Today is its 495th anniversary. Since that time, the “Wittenberg Door” has become a symbol of protest—we have one in our Steinert Campus Center, at the […]

Traditions and Education

David Brooks of the New York Times is at it again. Whether or not you like his politics, he has insight into education that makes it worth commenting. In a Feb. 2 opinion piece entitled “How to Fight the Man,” he picks up story of a video clip that went viral. The maker of the […]