Mennonite Church Canada releases BFC video with seminary professor

How does the Bible speak on matters of sexuality?

September 19, 2014 | Web First
Virginia A. Hostetler | Web Editor
Loren Johns

Mennonite Church Canada has added a new resource to the list of documents for study and discussion in the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process. The BFC Task Force asked Loren Johns, Professor of New Testament at Anabaptist Biblical Seminary, to share his thoughts on the topic of the scripture and sexuality. In a video presentation Johns addresses three main points:

  • How have Anabaptists approached the Bible?
  • What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
  • How the broader biblical message might help the church in its present discernment.

Dr. Johns has followed and researched this topic for over 30 years. In relation to the Bible’s message about homosexuality, he says, “The answer to this question has an easy part and a hard part.” He goes on to address both aspects. 

The video runs 37:11 minutes and can be watched from the MC Canada Resource Centre page. 

A PDF document, “Discerning what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” is the transcript of Johns’ presentation. It is available for download there. 

Since 2011 members of Mennonite Church Canada have engaged in the BFC process, discussing and studying the topic of biblical interpretation and human sexuality. The task force has produced a series of documents for congregations and small groups to use in their conversations and discerning. They can be downloaded from here. 

--Posted September 19, 2014

Canadian Mennonite coverage of the BFC process includes:

Silence and spinning wheels (Young Voices)

For information and clarification: Perspectives and updates from the Being a Faithful Church Task Force

An affirmation of celibacy

Of genitals and gender

Between horizons: biblical perspectives on human sexuality 

Prioritizing ministry 

Finding faith for an unknown season 

Sexuality has the potential of taking us into fragmentation 

BFC: Whom are we serving? (Young Voices blog)

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