CMU prof offers sermons, reflections in new book

May 25, 2020

WINNIPEG—The gaping mouth of a giant fish stretches open across the cover of Chris Huebner's new book, Suffering the Truth: Occasional Sermons and Reflections. The image of a Polish church pulpit in the shape of the giant fish from the biblical story of Jonah represents the difficult undertaking of speaking on behalf of God through preaching. The associate professor of theology and philosophy at Canadian Mennonite University released the book this April through CMU Press. The 111-page volume is a collection of provocative explorations and thoughts on the Christian life. It consists of 16 sermons and reflections structured around the liturgical calendar, moving through Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time, Peace Sunday and other important dates. The book title comes from the title of one of his sermons, which he thought captured the essence of the whole collection. “I also think it reflects my own approach to theology, that the truth, as Christians understand it, is not a category or concept or an abstract thing, but a person, Christ Jesus,” Huebner says. “And that truth is expressed precisely in his story, which included the suffering we call the cross, and that makes it profoundly lived and concrete.” Suffering the Truth is available for purchase online at

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