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There are church folk who would rather kill Jesus than be transformed by his love.” We must remember that we are sent…we are empowered…for the healing of hands, not the protection of institutions.” From pastor Shannon’s teaching on Mark 2-3

Posted on June 24th, 2018



Today, and this weekend, I’m serving as a delegate for First Mennonite at the IN-MI conference annual sessions. Have thoughts, priorities, or opinions? Let me know!

Posted on June 14th, 2018


Food for Thought: 2017-08-28

Posted on August 28th, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking, recently. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Responses are widely discussed in the follow-on from the neo-fascist gathering in Charlottesville. My opinion: the strategies we use to prevent future fascists may often be different from the tactics we use to limit harm from current fascists:

  2. I’m a big fan of satire and humor, as it interrupts minds and forces people to consider different perspectives: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/nazis-afraid-clowns/

  3. Cornel West says anarchists and antifa saved their lives: 

  4. How the Church Summons Demons” http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/08/how-church-summons-demons.html

  5. Anabaptist thoughts on Nazi-punching: https://gatheringthestones.com/2017/08/14/before-you-punch-a-nazi-a-new-anabaptist-response-to-white-supremacy/

  6. Does the terrorism in Charlottesville mean the end of the alt-right as they currently exist? How do we resist whatever version of neofascism comes next? https://thebaffler.com/latest/goodbye-pepe

  7. Monstrous intersection of nationalism and environmental degradation: https://theintercept.com/2017/08/25/border-patrol-checkpoints-in-texas-will-stay-open-as-hurricane-evacuation-is-underway/

  8. There is now a Libertarian Socialist Caucus within both the Democratic Socialists and the Libertarian Party. Let’s hope this drives both groups in a better direction:

  9. Environmental recording may become one of the predominant personal security features in the future. This one isn’t there, yet, but it’s a step towards that possibility: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shonin/shonin

  10. Here’s a polite no, thanks” template for security (or other) spammers: http://www.csoandy.com/files/vendor-rebuf.html#unique-entry-id-85

  11. Mennonite Man to Challenge Floyd Mayweather”: http://dailybonnet.com/mennonite-man-to-challenge-floyd-mayweather/

  12. Rose-Hulman massively increasing its property, including the old Hulman horse ranch property across the street: https://www.ibj.com/articles/65160-rose-hulman-buying-1100-acres-of-hulman-family-land

  13. Cool tiny house: http://cabinporn.com/post/164635328232/villa-ardilla-granada-spain-designed-by-daniel


Mennonite Future Church Summit Results

Posted on July 23rd, 2017

The Mennonite Church USA engaged in a Future Church Summit” as part of the national convention. This was a great activity, and the theme reports (combined together at the end of this post) received a high confidence vote by the delegates (see: https://twitter.com/toddgrotenhuis/status/883677101995544576). 

The delegate body also voted to affirm the following:


Food for Thought: 2017-07-03

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:

  1. Really sad: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2017/06/27/disability-advocate-injured-during-health-care-sit-sen-youngs-office/430752001/
  2. I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/saving-silence and http://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/education/giving-god-our-attention. Quote: Because studiousness directs our minds to good things in the right measure, it allows us to develop a taste for what is truly ­interesting in the world around us…and a dislike for what is merely titillating, sensational, or distracting. Without studiousness, our otherwise wholesome desire for knowledge would fall into the crude distortions that characterize the vice of curiosity.”
  3. Democrats continue to prove that they are not a viable alternative. Here’s the latest salvo: https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/
  4. Here’s how to follow (or avoid) my coverage of Mennonite Church USA Convention: http://todd.grotenhuis.info/post/mennonite-church-usa-convention-2017
  5. Jim Grey discusses what makes for a good software company: https://softwaresaltmines.com/2017/07/03/behaviors-and-traits-of-successful-software-companies-the-ones-where-ive-worked-anyway/
  6. Krebs has a report on the latest ransomware tied to the NSA attack: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/06/petya-ransomware-outbreak-goes-global/
  7. The New Inquiry gives some warnings about using rights discourse” https://thenewinquiry.com/know-your-rights/
  8. National Post shares the story of one Old Colony Mennonite family moving to Canada: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-century-ago-our-families-left-the-prairies-and-moved-to-mexico-now-we-are-coming-home/wcm/18d47f19-7b68-404f-9b1c-f6727a780a90

Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

It’s almost time!


Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist