I hesitate to tell people I’m Mennonite because of the pause and obvious cognitive dissonance that follows. Not always. If I’m anywhere close to Winnipeg at the time, it’s not a problem. The Mennonites around there tend to look like me. And elsewhere, there are always lots of people who have never heard of Mennonites. … More Who you calling Assimilated?
This was the first blog post I wrote to get any attention beyond my close friends and immediate family. It was re-posted onto Mennonite World News and was one of its most seen posts for awhile, outstripping those earnest theological ponderings it usually posts by a fair measure. Its popularity surprised me until it occurred … More Top Ten Ways Mennonites are like Hipsters
I like to think that Mennonites are ideally suited to the twenty-first century because, well, we never really believed in privacy in the first place. Which isn’t exactly true. I’ve known all my life that the Old Order Mennonites weren’t all that keen on people from outside of their community popping up to photograph them. … More Check your Privacy Settings
An earlier version of this post was one of the first blog posts I wrote back in October 2014. I’ve edited it and focused the writing a bit but the cocktail and general gist are the same. The original is still available for your reading pleasure here. Like many non-Mennos out there, my first mixed … More The Taste of Adolescent Rebellion
There’s an old joke that asks “what’s a Mennonite ethical dilemma?” The answer varies depending upon the branch of the Church but it is typically either free beer or free dance lessons. Me? Well, you can guess that my only problem with free beer is if the quality reflects the price. And free dance lessons? … More An Updated Mennonite Ethical Dilemma
I grew up playing cards. I played normal cards — the kind with Kings and Queens, Jacks and Aces. But I also played the kind of card games designed specifically for those religious groups who cast a suspicious eye at those one-eyed Jacks and Queens of Spades. I am bilingual that way. I can speak … More Playing the Rook Card
This post was originally published on the old site in November of 2015. I haven’t really changed much — liked it as it was. When I started this project, I knew I would have to create a cocktail called The Dutch Blitz. It was a name calling out for a cocktail and I hate to … More This is Not a Mennonite Drinking Game