Ted Grimsrud

Ted Grimsrud

Office Phone: (540) 432-4464

Cell Phone: (540) 478-3624


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 303

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in Mennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at thinkingpacifism.net. He has a website that gathers his writings at peacetheology.net.


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (1988)
M.A., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1983)
B.S., University of Oregon (1976)


The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II. Cascade Books, 2014.

Arguing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Three—Biblical and Theological Essays. Peace Theology Books, 2014.

Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. Cascade Books, 2013.

Proclaiming Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Two—Sermons and Blog Posts. Peace Theology Books, 2013.

Writing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume One—Short Articles. Peace Theology Books, 2012.

God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Bible, revised edition. Cascadia Publishing House, 2011.

Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend (co-edited with Michael Hardin) Cascade Books, 2011.

A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology. (co-edited with Christian Early) Cascade Books, 2010.

Theology as if Jesus Matters: An Introduction to Christianity’s Main Convictions. Cascadia Publishing House, 2009.

Reasoning Together: A Conversation on Homosexuality (co-authored with Mark Thiessen Nation) Herald Press, 2008.

Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the 21st Century. Wipf and Stock Publisher, 2007.

Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System (co-edited with Ray Gingerich). Fortress Press, 2006.

Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible (co-edited with Loren Johns). Cascadia Publishing House, 2000.

Triumph of the Lamb: A Self-Study Guide to the Book of Revelation. Herald Press, 1987.

Popular Articles

Six Sunday School lessons. Mennonite World Review. Spring 2013.

“The Confession of Faith and Marriage.” The Mennonite. January 2013.

“Who Can Stand Against It? The ‘Good’ War and the Beast of Revelation.” The Mennonite. July 2012.

“Pursue Peace.” Monthly columns in Purpose (September 2010—August 2012).

Thirteen Sunday School lessons on the Gospel of John. Mennonite Weekly Review. February 20—May 14, 2012.

“Why We Pay Attention to Jesus.” The Mennonite. December 2010, 12-13.

Thirteen Sunday School lessons. Mennonite Weekly Review. August 23, 2010 —November 15, 2010.

Scholarly Articles

“Violence as a Theological Problem.” Transformation (Feb 16, 2015).

“Reflections from a Chagrined Yoderian in Face of His Alleged Sexual Violence.” In J. Denny Weaver, ed. John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian Cascade Books, 2014.

Review of Jared Burkholder and David Cramer, eds., The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism. In Conrad Grebel Review 31.3 (Fall 2013), 302-5. [A longer version is available here]

Review of C. Norman Kraus, On Being Human: Sexual Orientation and the Image of God. In Mennonite World Review February 18, 2013.

Review of Paul Martens, The Heterodox Yoder. In Conrad Grebel Review 30.2 (Spring 2012), 217-9 [A longer version is available here ]

Review of J. Nelson Kraybill, Apocalypse and Allegiance. In Conrad Grebel Review 29.3 (Fall 2011), 107-9.

“Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Revealed?” In Ted Grimsrud and Michael Hardin, eds. Compassionate Eschatology. Cascade Books, 2011. 3-27.

“The Logic of Mennonite Church USA’s ‘Teaching Position’ on Homosexuality.” Brethren Life and Thought 55.1-2 (Winter/Spring, 2010), 10-23.

“Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism.” Conrad Grebel Review 28.3 (Fall 2010), 22-38.

Selected Blog Posts

“‘Othering’ and Mennonite Sexuality Struggles.” March 9, 2014

“Will Mennonite Church USA Survive? Reflections on three decades of struggle.” February 28, 2014.

“Does the Bible Have a Coherent Peace Message?” February 17, 2014.

“Mennonite Systematic Theology: An Opportunity Whose Time Has Passed?” January 6, 2014.

“Salvation and the Way of Peace.” Six part series beginning December 13, 2013.

“What Does the Book of Revelation Say?” Eighteen part series beginning September 18, 2013.

“Reflections from a Chagrined ‘Yoderian’.” Five part series beginning August 2, 2013.

“John Howard Yoder and Anarchism.” July 10, 2013.

“What Makes a Mennonite?” July 5, 2013.

“A Biblical Theology of Welcome: Toward an Embrace of Gay Marriage.” (Part One—April 28, 2013) (Part Two—May 19, 2013) (Part Three—May 26, 2013)

“How Pacifists Should Read Christian Sources.” (part one) February 10, 2013; (part two) March 31, 2013.

“Are Pacifists Moral Relativists?” December 30, 2012.

“God is not a Pacifist, Right?” December 16, 2012.

“Why the Bible Matters for Theology.” December 8, 2012.

“A Pacifist at the AAR/SBL.” November 23, 2012.

“Should a Pacifist Vote for a War-monger?” (part one) October 1, 2012. (part two) October 19, 2012. (part three) October 28, 2012.

“Reflections on Salvation.” August 19, 2012.

“A Pacifist Reading of the Lord of the Rings.” June 30, 2012.

“How Does Pacifism (Properly Understood) Work as a Core Christian Conviction?” December 4, 2011.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“The Old Testament as a Peace Book” and “The New Testament as a Peace Book.” Carol Grizzard Browning Lectures. University of Pikeville. November 11-12, 2013.

“A Biblical Theology for a Welcoming Church.” First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio. March 24, 2013. Expanded version: (Part one.) (Part two.) (Part three.)

“A Theological Response to World War II.” Keeney Peace Lecture. Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. October 25, 2011.

“Pacifist Reflections on the Just War Tradition.” Just War Since 9/11 Symposium. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. October 5, 2011.

“The Military Industrial Complex and the Moral Legacy of World War II.” The Military Industrial Complex at 50 Conference. Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. January 14, 2011.

“Old Testament Bases for Christian Peace Theology.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meetings. Atlanta, October 31, 2010.

“The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy.” Lecture at University Colloquium, Eastern Mennonite University, September 29, 2010 and at Goshen College, October 5, 2010. Podcast

“Conversations on Homosexuality: Three Lectures.” Portland Mennonite Church, Portland, OR. February 5-6, 2010.

Church, Community and Professional Service

“A Pacifist Reading of Revelation” A series of 18 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2011 – November 2013.

“Why we pay attention to Jesus.” A series of 14 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2009 – May 2011.

“Theology as if Jesus matters.” A series of 13 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2006 – February 2008.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Religion

Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network

Professional Conferences Attended

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Baltimore, November 2013.

War and Peace as Liberal Arts, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. March, 2013.

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Chicago, November 2012.

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, San Francisco, November, 2011.

The Military Industrial Complex at 50 Conference. Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. January 14, 2011.

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Atlanta, October 30–November 1, 2010.

EMU Service

Acting chair, Bible and Religion Department, 2013-14 school year.

Coordinator for visit of Peter Rollins to EMU, September 2013.

“Homosexuality, hiring practices, and the Mennonite Confession of Faith.” Panel presentation on EMU’s Hiring Practices, April 11, 2013.

Intellectual Life Committee, 2012-3 and 2013-4 school years.

Bookstore Committee, 2012-13 and 2013-4 school years.

Search committee for EMS/EMU Old Testament faculty position, 2012-13 school year.

Planning committee, Mennonite Scholars and Friends session, American Academy of Religion/Society for Biblical Literature meetings, 2011-3.

Panel member for discussion on the cross sponsored by Campus Ministries. April 2012.

Search committee for EMS faculty, Winter 2012.

Faculty Scholarship Committee, 2009-10.

Member, search committee for Political Studies faculty, 2009-10.