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Mennonite World Review curates a blog, The World Together, of Anabaptist-themed writing from a wide variety of sources across the Anabaptist world. To submit a blog post, email rstella@mennoworld.org.

Pounding plowshares into swords

By on Nov 22, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Imagine with me — it’s a beautiful Thursday afternoon. The leaves are fallen; the air is cool and crisp. Families everywhere have gathered together for their annual Thanksgiving celebrations. Suddenly, out of nowhere, fighter jets come screaming across the horizon. Right as we look up and realize what they are, they begin dropping atomic bombs, completely obliterating towns and cities across our great land. Why this happening? What is going on? Iraq is striking back. They are pre-emptively striking a nation known for slaughtering thousands...

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We’re outraged because we want to be worshiped

By on Nov 20, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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A morning tour through news headlines, social media, and personal correspondence has unsurprisingly delivered a steady stream of commentary on the pitiful parade of powerful men behaving badly. Politicians, Hollywood executives, actors, comedians. Everybody greedily grabbing and groping and exploiting and exposing themselves. The list is long and will undoubtedly get longer. And it falls to the rest of us to howl and moan in outrage and keep the internet busy for a few days. But throughout my morning tour, I couldn’t help but wonder what,...

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Where does AMBS stand?

By on Nov 16, 2017 in The World Together | 3 comments

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I am often asked, “Where does AMBS stand [on this or that issue]?” My response, with some elaboration, is, “We stand on the Word of God.” The question is reaching for a declaration about conviction. What ethical ground have we staked out on a matter in dispute? How have we differentiated from those we disagree with? When key theological convictions are threatened, can we be trusted to hold our ground? Are we on the right side of where the battle lines have been drawn up? In this 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, my...

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Led by conscience, here I kneel

By on Nov 15, 2017 in The World Together | 7 comments

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Tabor College associate professor of Bible and religious studies Del Gray posted these reflections in late October on Tabor’s “Wittenberg Door” for campus discussion in honor of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary and in response to conversations about issues of church and state. Preamble Exactly 500 hundred years ago on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses on the Wittenberg door in protest of abuses that he perceived in the dominant church of his culture. Some historians say there might be a bit of legend in this account, but...

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An Anabaptist response to gun violence

By on Nov 14, 2017 in The World Together | 2 comments

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There is a gap in Mennonite response to mass shootings. After a shooting, when secular headlines buzz with gory details and harrowing survivals, Mennonite news outlets often continue posting business-as-usual news. Over the past few years, as shootings occur, I’ve begun Googling the location + “Anabaptist” or “Mennonite.” When I did it three days after the Sutherland Springs shooting, the first page of search results all read “Missing: Anabaptist.” Occasionally, a Mennonite publication will carry a call to prayer or brief opinion...

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Courage to be a conscientious objector

By on Nov 13, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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It doesn’t take a lot of courage to be a conscientious objector — to something that everyone is objecting to. It is easier to object to racism today than it was to object to slavery in 1850. It is easier to object to slavery today than it is to object to war. Camilo Mejia writes in Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia: An Iraq War Memoir, “I was a coward, not for leaving the war, but for having been a part of it in the first place. I failed to fulfill my moral duty as a human being, and instead I chose to...

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Color vision of a conscientious objector

By on Nov 8, 2017 in The World Together | 1 comment

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In the summer of 2010, I was in basic training at the Air Force Academy. I had heard that it was said, “war is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.” I also believed in the Bible, but it seemed to be lacking color. It is hard to forget the summer after my first year at the Academy. After an arduous freshman year at the base of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo., I received the sweet reward of visiting one of my dearest friends from growing up in Quito, Ecuador, as a “missionary kid.” As we sat at the dinner table, his...

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Fighting gun violence like cancer

By on Nov 7, 2017 in The World Together | 4 comments

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What if this amendment had become a part of our Constitution? “A well regulated tobacco industry, being necessary to the prosperity of a free State, the right of the people to grow and use nicotine products, shall not be infringed.” At our house church meeting Sunday evening one of our members shared the tragic news of yet another mass shooting, this one at a little Baptist church in the small rural town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. As of today, 26 people are reported dead and an equal number are injured. Can none of us be safe...

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Have progressives made Trump God?

By on Nov 6, 2017 in The World Together | 7 comments

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We live in times of heightened emotion. Enmeshed in digital media and captured by our “always-on” culture, it’s hard to unplug. The bare-knuckle fights of politicos and pundits come straight to our phone. The moment we inhabit exhilarates us with the adrenaline of combat. It wears us down with the relentlessness of total war. Our society is tearing itself apart, and there seems no alternative but to choose a side and dedicate ourselves to fighting for it. We have, as a society, been captured by spectacle. Reality TV has exited the screen...

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All up to you?

By on Nov 3, 2017 in The World Together | 2 comments

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I’m sitting in Starbucks shivering over a latte while I get a new set of tires put on my car. Here in southern Alberta, we have been treated to a blast of winter worthy of mid-January. The scene is a pretty white one, which means, among other things, that, the Christmas orgy of advertising and consumption will soon be upon us. It also means that we can brace ourselves for the wearisome spectacle of (some) Christians complaining that their coffee cups don’t appropriately reflect their beliefs about Christmas. Because, you know, it makes so...

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