Resources for Syria

The Mennonite Central Committee (US), has put together a webpage for resources related to the Syrian conflict.

Check it out here.

God of Compassion,

Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.

God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,




Things are a changin’ again.

Some of you know that I have been trying to maintain two blogs: this one, and one to cover my other interest in fitness, writing, movies, etc. It’s simply too much to maintain the two as separate blogs and add value to both. So, I’ve decided to weld both my blogs together and see what happens. Realistically, over time this will cause a metamorphosis in what SN is all about. I suspect it will become more well rounded and much more personal. I think you’ll get a better idea of who I am as a person. I’m not just a one dimensional “theology” guy. I like a lot of other things as well and figure some of you might too.

So, I’ll eventually move stuff over to this blog over time, but I’ll try to space it out so your RSS feed isn’t inundated with new stuff all at once.

Thanks for being with me this far, and I hope you enjoy what we will become.


totus tuus.

Post 200: From lonely to nomad


Yay, we made it to Post 200!
We’ve changed, but stayed the same!

Ever since this blog launched as The Lonely Disciple the name never really made sense. I’m married and definitely not lonely, but now that we’re expecting our first child in December, I’m definitely not lonely (and yes, I know there is a difference between lonely and aloneness).

Anyway, my thought on certain things has further developed since launching and re-launching the blog. I have become much more connected with the practice of spiritual disciplines, and my theology has become much more sacramental. Still, I need to find a “home”. Should I become Anglican, Orthodox or Catholic, or should I find a way to bridge or connect my anabaptist beginnings with my sacramental understanding and how would that possible?

So, I am also nomadic in that I am a Sacramental Anabaptist Christian, looking for a home, feeling awesome and at the same time feeling unsettled. So, I am in wandering mode spending time with Anglicans, Catholics, Orthodox, Anabaptists, Reformed and well, just a bit of everything the church has to offer.

Discerning takes time, lots and lots of time and I’m trying my best to stay open to the leading of the Spirit while asking questions around authority, the nature of the church, the purpose of scripture and its limits; as well as a host of other really deep questions 😉

The purpose of this blog is to try to be public about where I’m going and what I’m learning. I’m going to test out writing experimental essays; that is writing things down, trying to argue a point that perhaps I don’t completely believing in yet, but doing my best to make the argument. So, it will be an interesting experience, though possibly creating some confusion as to what I actually believe at any given time. On the plus side, I’m hoping to create a space for dialogue on different issues.

So, the blog has been rebranded the Sacramental Nomad, has a new layout and a slightly refocussed vision. Of course I’m still part of the MennoNerds (I’m not sure how I’m allowed to stay, but shhh). The new url will be coming soon, but for now it’s still

So, put on your favourite nomadic foot ware, grab your walking stick, slip on your satchel, and let’s wander.

Thanks for helping me make it to post #200!

Help me write my 200th post!


I’m running on empty at the moment. We’re in the middle of a bit of a heatwave, so that doesn’t help, but none of my current open files is peaking my interest at the moment.

So, any ideas for me? Anything you’d like to me write on or comment on? My next post will be my 200th, so it’s gotta be good!

Three questions I’m asking right now

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I’m pondering a few question these days:

1) How to interpret Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer (John 17) in light of the current state of the church divided. The easy answer usually given by Protestants is the invisible church. This seems like too easy a solution. I’m not entirely discounting it, but there has to be a visible reality to unity.

2) What is the role of beauty in evangelism, if any? Our church buildings have become more and more utilitarian looking, becoming more and more devoid of beauty. Is this appropriate or should they be “sermons in stone”. That is, is there a way to evangelize before we even speak a word?

3) What should the new name of this blog be?

#3 may seem trivial, but I may very well answer questions 1 & 2 before I figure out #3.

Anyway, I haven’t posted long thoughts on this yet because they are largely new questions, but they are the questions that seem to be dogging me of late.


Note: Comments have been closed on this post, because I wasn’t really looking for feedback on this post. It was just me sharing some open ended thoughts. There will be posts later that seek input from my readers.

Changes are a comin’

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m going to be rejigging the categories for this blog a bit; well, a lot. I’ve been aware that they’ve been a bit out of control for a while and there are simply too many of them and are no longer effective at helping you find the content you want.

In addition, I’ve deleted all the tags I’ve used so far and will be trying to get my head around how to use them effectively.

This won’t happen overnight, but likely over weeks. In the end however, my hope is that there will be fewer categories allowing you to find the topic(s) you’re the most interested in, while using tags to help you zero in more.

It’s also my hope that this process might help me further define the purpose of this blog.

So, if the categories look wonky over the next little while, that’s why. I have over 180 posts to review.



My favourites and your favourites

I guess I’m supposed to wait for some sort of anniversary or milestone to do this kind of post, but I’m doing it today. I wanted to make a list of the posts that have been most popular by most viewed or just the one’s I enjoyed them most. So, here we go.

Your favourites

My favourites

Takin a break


Hi all,

I’m tired. I’m sick. Physically and spiritually. I need to take a break. I know I’m not the most regular blogger anyways, but this is more about me giving myself permission not to blog for a while. I’ll be back, probably. No, I will be, I just need a break, I think. I have to rethink the whole “why I blog” idea and what the purpose of the blog is. There’s a lot of people writing on the internet these days and I need to think about what I think I’m contributing to the so called discussion that we are supposedly having with each other.

So, I ask for your prayers for rest and clarity and I’ll see you soon.