My blog posts revolve around my interests and vocation as a historian: the intersection of history and contemporary church life, the intersection of history and contemporary politics, serendipitous discoveries in archives or on research trips, publications and research projects, upcoming conferences, and speaking engagements.
I sometimes blog for two other organizations, the Canadian Baptist Historical Society and the Centre for Post-Christendom Studies.
The views expressed in these blogs represent the views of the authors, and not necessarily those of any organizations with which they are associated.
“The accursed partnership of Turk and Teuton”: American Churches and the Armenian Genocide
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Today I presented a paper entitled "'The accursed partnership of Turk and Teuton': American Churches and the Armenian Genocide". The paper examines the reaction of American churches in the First World War to the devastation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
If you would like read the research in more detail, see my chapter in The Globalization of Christianity: Implications for Christian Ministry and Theology.
For an analysis of how Canadian churches responded to the genocide, see my chapter in Canadian Churches and the First World War.
For the implications of the genocide for the teaching of global Christianity, see my article in McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry.
Sycophant: “someone who shamelessly does anything to please one’s leader or promote one’s political party”
Having watched what seems to be endless politicking for the past few years, I have made a checklist of actions that poison civil political discourse. What I find vexing and distressing is that Christians seem zealous to enter into the folly of such dysfunctional political engagement.
I have no desire to see Christians disengage from political action – I just wish that they would go about it in a less partisan, toxic, and harmful way. Thus, my little list to identify sycophantic behavior that harms Christian witness, dehumanizes people, destroys relationships, poisons civic engagement, and undermines national unity.
The End of War, 1918
One of my interests in life is reading old newspapers and seeing how people in the past responded to current events. As Remembrance Day approaches, here are some glimpses of how those in the past reacted to the end of one of the world’s worst conflicts. The following images remind us of many things, one being the enormous sacrifices made – may we never forget.