Westview Christian Fellowship
Choose Mystic Hope for Lent with Caleb Ratzlaff

Choose Mystic Hope for Lent with Caleb Ratzlaff

March 12, 2021

Recorded at Westview on Feb. 14, 2021: Mystic hope is difficult to grasp, but it’s more than simply a desire for good outcomes, it’s a way of being in the here and now that holds on to life, however fragile and vulnerable it might be. The woman who anoints Jesus for burial finds a way to hold on to life even when she knows it’s about to be snuffed out. 

Why are Anabaptists so conservative when it comes to women? with Carol Penner

Why are Anabaptists so conservative when it comes to women? with Carol Penner

February 21, 2021

Recorded at Westview on Feb. 14, 2021 this episode featured Carol Penner. Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology and after many years as a pastor in various Mennonite congregations, she joined the faculty at Grebel. Her research interests include feminist theology and Mennonite peace theology, and abuse issues. She has a popular blog of her worship resources at www.leadinginworship.com.

 

In this discussion, Carol asks “Why are Anabaptists so conservative when it comes to women?” In response, Carol outlines three aspects of Anabaptist theology that keep women in a subordinate role: suffering, obedience, and forgiveness. 

 

“We need a peace theology that really does bring peace to people, not just peace to the people in charge or on top, but peace to the people who suffer the most.”

The Priesthood of All Creation, John 21: with Caleb Ratzlaff

The Priesthood of All Creation, John 21: with Caleb Ratzlaff

February 3, 2021

During the Winter of 2021, we're taking some time to reconnect and reevaluate our Anabaptist heritage. Caleb continues the series by talking about a central doctrine of the Anabaptist movement called "The Priesthood of all Believers." Caleb reflects on how this doctrine has the power to level hierarchical systems of power. And how in John chapter 21, we see the potential for this doctrine to reach beyond itself, moving from a Priesthood for all believers to a Presithood of call creation. All of creation is called to be Christ. 

An Anabaptist Historical Overview: Part 2, With Ruth Brown Martens

An Anabaptist Historical Overview: Part 2, With Ruth Brown Martens

February 1, 2021

During the Winter of 2021, we're taking some time to reconnect and reevaluate our Anabaptist heritage. We want to honour this heritage by mining it for its moments of light and uncovering the times it has fallen short. In this way, we can dig deep into the fertile soil of our past while learning from mistakes. By exploring Anabaptism, we hope to better appreciate the diversity of the congregation at Westview. 

 

John and then Ruth kick this series off with a historical overview. 

An Anabaptist Historical Overview: Part 1, With John Derksen

An Anabaptist Historical Overview: Part 1, With John Derksen

February 1, 2021

During the Winter of 2021, we're taking some time to reconnect and reevaluate our Anabaptist heritage. We want to honour this heritage by mining it for its moments of light and uncovering the times it has fallen short. In this way, we can dig deep into the fertile soil of our past while learning from mistakes. By exploring Anabaptism, we hope to better appreciate the diversity of the congregation at Westview. 

 

John and then Ruth kick this series off with a historical overview. 

The Sword that Pierced Mary’s Soul with Caleb Ratzlaff

The Sword that Pierced Mary’s Soul with Caleb Ratzlaff

January 4, 2021

Recorded on Jan. 3, 2021, Caleb speaks on Luke 2:22-40, the story of Simeon and Anna. In this story, we find clues that Jesus will lead Isreal into a new way of being in the world but will diverge from the pattern set by David and Joshua. Jesus will listen to his parents and grow in wisdom and favour. We learn how Jesus’ life and mission are grounded on Mary’s sacrificial love. His life, like ours, rests on a mother’s sacrifice.

Remembering Joseph with Victor Ratzlaff

Remembering Joseph with Victor Ratzlaff

January 4, 2021

Recorded on Dec. 20, 2020, Victor speaks on Matthew 2:13-23 sharing about Joseph and his own relationship with tradition in the Mennonite church. 

Mary Could have Said “No” with Caleb Ratzlaff

Mary Could have Said “No” with Caleb Ratzlaff

December 15, 2020

Recorded at Westview on Nov. 29, 2020. In this episode, Caleb Ratzlaff discusses Luke 1:38-56.

In this passage, Mary consents to partner with God in a very specific way, she says yes to being Jesus’ mother. Caleb discusses the implications of the vulnerability inherent in the incarnation. Mary could have said "no."

Mary says yes to God and for her, this means committing to raising a son who is willing to give his life in an effort to transform society into the type of world described in Mary's Magnificat. It is the possibility of this world, a possibility growing in Mary and Elizabeth's wombs, that fills them both with joy.

 

This episode's feature picture is by Ben Wildflower

Separating the Meat Birds from the Hens with Victor Ratzlaff

Separating the Meat Birds from the Hens with Victor Ratzlaff

December 8, 2020

Recorded at Westview on Nov. 22, 2020. Victor Ratzlaff reads Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. This is Victor's first episode and our 20th!

 

Like all parables, the parable of the sheep and the goats aims to shake us from our complacency and get us to think about what it means to embody Christ's teachings. In our context, as we move into Advent, this parable talks in concrete terms about how the incarnation, how Christ, is found in food, water, clothing, strangers, sickness, and prisons. 

We’ve read the Parable of the Talents Wrong, We Need to Listened to 7-Year-olds with Caleb Ratzlaff

We’ve read the Parable of the Talents Wrong, We Need to Listened to 7-Year-olds with Caleb Ratzlaff

November 18, 2020

Recorded at Westview on Nov. 15, 2020. Caleb gives rereads the parable of the Talents, arguing that we've read it wrong, very wrong. 

 

At the end of the podcast today, Rosilee Sherwood shares a beautiful reflection on peace that was composed by her 7-year-old students. If you only have 3 minutes, skip to minute 17. 

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