Category Archives: Talks

Mennonite-Catholic relations — Joetta tells our story

My wife Joetta, pastor of Faith Mennonite Church, recently spoke at the Third Way congregation here in Saint Paul about Mennonite-Catholic relationships. She told our story in a way that speaks for both of us.  Click here or on screenshot below to … Continue reading

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Evangelizing as a people of peace:
Paul’s clue, John Paul’s globalism, Francis’s principles

Abstract: To judge from some of its wildest critics and enthusiasts alike, Gaudium et spes and its friendly engagement with the modern world would almost seem to have made the Church as a body superfluous.  The Council fathers certainly called … Continue reading

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Paul’s clue, John Paul’s globalism, Francis’s principles

Washing feet, getting real

Homily for liturgy of footwashing Bridgefolk 2014 Texts: Psalm 33, Philippians 2:1-11, John 1:1-27 Perhaps you have read the novels of the Southern writer Walker Percy. Percy had barely begun a medical career in the early 1940s when he contracted … Continue reading

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The classroom at the end of the world

When glamour beckons, can Benedictine values compete? “Do you reject the glamour of evil?” This striking question from the Catholic rite of baptism for adults has received surprisingly little attention from theologians. One might summarize all Benedictine values and practices … Continue reading

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Christian peace theology:
internal critique and interfaith dialogue

On March 1 I spoke at two break-out sessions on the topic of “Christian Peace Theology: Internal Critique and Interfaith Dialogue” at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Faith and Peace Day, in Minneapolis.  Here’s what I said I would do: … Continue reading

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“Confessional” nonviolence and the unity of the Church:
Can Christians square the circle?

Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34, no. 1 (2014): 125-44. Abstract: Both within and among churches that have traditionally held to just war teaching, various formulas in the last 50 years have allowed for the recognition that Christian pacifism is … Continue reading

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Can Christians square the circle?

For and Against Dula Against Schlabach

A response to Peter Dula’s critique of Unlearning Protestantism in “For and Against Hauerwas Against Mennonites” (Mennonite Quarterly Review, July 2010) ACRS Reading Group, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, 27 September 2010. On behalf of the ACRS Reading Group in … Continue reading

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Meeting in exile

Historic peace churches and the emerging peace church catholic Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace Volume 1. Issue 1, Fall 2007. First presented as a lecture for Presentation Sisters’ Peace Studies Forum, 23 January 2004, Fargo ND. For the three “historic peace … Continue reading

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Benedictine values and the need for bridging

Monastic Institute, Saint John’s Abbey, 6 July 2006 Bridgefolk is about, well, bridging — transcending old polarities, exchanging and integrating the gifts of mutually “separated brethren” and sisters too. It is about imagining Christ’s Church without the divisions that long seemed to … Continue reading

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The Christian witness in the earthly city

John H. Yoder as Augustinian Interlocutor Presented at conference on “Assessing the Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder,” University of Notre Dame, 7-9 March 2002 For final published version see chapter 11 in Ollenburger and Gerber Koontz, eds., A Mind Patient … Continue reading

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Continence, consumption and other abuses

Or Why an Augustinian Ethic is Worth the Bother Presented at the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, January 8, 2000, Washington D.C. Abstract: “Love is the problem in ethics, not the solution,” notes Christian ethicist Margaret A. Farley. St. Augustine has … Continue reading

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Faithfulness, temptation and the Deuteronomic juncture

Is Constantinianism the most basic problem for Christian social ethics? Marpeck Lecture, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 5 March 1998 For a fuller development of this lecture, see “Deuteronomic or Constantinian: What is the Most Basic Problem for Christian Social Ethics?” in The Wisdom … Continue reading

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An Abrahamic community of respect

Bluffton College Faculty/Staff Retreat morning meditation, 28 August 1997 Texts: Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Romans 12:1-21 For background reading on the problems of community and respect today, see Benjamin R. Barber, “Jihad Vs. McWorld,” originally in the March 1992 issue of The … Continue reading

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Guy F. Hershberger and Reinhold Niebuhr on Christian love

Will the Real Augustinian Please Stand Up? Conference on “Anabaptists in Conversation: Mennonite and Brethren Interactions with Twentieth-Century Theologies,” 19-21 June 1997.  Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Agapeism and Hershberger Niebuhr and … Continue reading

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Dissertation

For the Joy Set Before Us: Ethics of Self-Denying Love in Augustinian Perspective Jean Porter, Director Department of Theology University of Notre Dame April 1996 Abstract Table of contents Defense presentation Appendix on Anders Nygren Order dissertation, # 96-21773 from … Continue reading

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Law, gospel and the irony of Martin Luther

Theo 635: Theology of Martin Luther, University of Notre Dame, 19 November 1992 Erasmus. “On the Freedom of the Will [De Libero Arbitrio].” Luther, Martin. “On the Bondage of the Will [De Servo Arbitrio].” In Luther and Erasmus: Free Will … Continue reading

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