IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS (A play with tongue in cheek for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Minneapolis)

(A play with tongue in cheek for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Minneapolis) Copyright Philip E. Friesen SCENE I,  Somewhere in Spain Bishop (B) & Monk (M) Monk:  I just heard some news! Bishop: Yes, what news? M         (In a hoarse, excited whisper) This Italian guy, Columbus, is asking the king for ships and men to sail to India. B         What a crazy idea!  They’ll fall off...

GOD AND VIOLENCE, a presentation at the Islamic Center of MN Oct. 6, 2014

GOD AND HUMAN VIOLENCE PART I MOSES AND SOCIAL CONTROL Every city has its police and every nation its army for the purpose of controlling violence. When all else has failed, the bottom line is to meet violence with greater violence. Moses reformulated the basis of social organization as a revelation from God on how to build a peaceful society. However, the Bible is not primarily a revelation of laws, but...

Muslim/Christian Dialogue: My Recent Contribution

IS JESUS THE SON OF GOD? How the disciples understood the term, and how Jesus deepened their understanding   Philip E. Friesen Presentation at the Islamic Center, Fridley, MN on Sept. 7, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. by Representative evidence from the synoptic gospels-            (The synoptics use the term 24 times.) Matthew 16:13-17 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he...

Congressional Medal of Honor for Consciousness Objector

Mennonites like me have traditionally refused to participate in war as a matter of conscience, and this tradition was profoundly challenged during my college years at a Christian school where I grew in my faith under the tutelage of a number of godly veterans. Recently I learned a story that I believe will challenge every believer regardless of one’s convictions on this issue. On Saturday, May 5, 1945...

Restoring America’s Greatness

Last evening I heard Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi from India lecture on restoring America to greatness by means of Biblical knowledge and theological education. According to Dr. Mangalwadi, “Christianity lost America because 20th-century evangelicalism branded itself as the party of faith. Secularism (science, university, media) became the party of truth. This is one reason why 70% Christian youth give up...


My last blog was on “Getting It Wrong” when reading a parable. This time is “Getting It Right.” The first in this intended series (Lord willing) is On Eating and Drinking In the June issue of Christianity Today, a friend from my church published an article called “The Case for an Alcohol Free Life.” In this article she describes how that while many Evangelicals today do not share the aversion...


GETTING IT WRONG FROM CULTURAL BLINDNESS                 There is one parable of Jesus that seems quite easy to understand. It is the parable of the talents in Luke 19. In this parable a nobleman leaves town and entrusts his wealth to three servants, whom he rewards or punishes according to how well they have invested his wealth. Anyone in an investment society understands this. The simple...

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