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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.

Fostering faith beyond Sunday school

By on Feb 21, 2017 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Nurturing and building Christian foundations is paramount for being able to create a long-lasting successful spiritual walk once a child hits adulthood. Yet too many parents fail to see the importance of fostering these building blocks at home and instead relegate them to an hour on a Sunday morning, making Christian education the sole responsibility of a dedicated Sunday school teacher or a trained children’s pastor. While I do value my role in children’s ministry and believe it is of utmost importance, I want to let you all in on a...

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If refugees can’t come, we must go to them

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

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I have heard a lot of discussion about the parable of the good Samaritan among Christians debating the crisis and President Donald Trump’s ban. What surprises me as I listen to these conversations is that many people are using the parable to justify not taking care of their refugee neighbors. “The Good Samaritan didn’t take the injured Jew home with him.” “The Good Samaritan found him on his way.” I’m afraid in justifying ourselves, we are missing the very point Jesus was trying to make. Luke 10 begins with Jesus sending out the...

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How to pray powerfully for peace

By on Feb 17, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I’ve written before on praying for peace and how to pray for peace when you can’t find the words, but I’m still wrestling with how to pray for peace. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain (Matt. 17:20-21), then why can’t our prayers bring peace? Is our faith so small, is my faith so microscopic, compared to a mustard seed? What does Scripture say about how to pray powerfully for peace? Pray often and pray regularly Over and over again, the Bible teaches praying for peace. So Psalm 122 tells pilgrims on their way to...

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Welcoming the outsider

By on Feb 15, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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“Thank you for talking to me,” she repeated. Taken aback by her obvious gratitude, I nodded. I didn’t view it as a favor. Our college intramural group had walked to the beach across from campus, and I’d merely started a conversation with her along the way. She was easy to talk to, and I learned that she hadn’t really connected with anyone at our college and thus was about to transfer. Commuting was rough socially. I was surprised to realize that she seemed to think of me as popular since obviously I could think of more...

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Who says we have to respect authority?

By on Feb 14, 2017 in The World Together | 4 comments

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I walked the halls of my high school, dreading (yet hoping) that my teacher would be there. Used to be my teacher, that is. It had been a few years since I’d graduated, and the hallways seemed smaller than I remembered. Yet the place, the sounds and the smells were still the same. I found him, back in his classroom at the end of the day when all the students had gone home. It was the moment I dreaded. “I came to talk to you about something that happened when I was your student,” I explained. “I doubt if you were aware of it, but I did...

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How should we be political?

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

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Some say that Christianity by nature is political. To a great degree, that’s absolutely true, though I think we must be careful to not simply leave it there as if Christianity is political in the way the world is political — because it’s not. Christianity is political precisely because it declares that “Jesus is Lord.” When the first Christians began to utter that now central confession of the Christian faith, it was absolutely a political statement. Originally the popular saying was “Caesar is Lord,” so to replace Caesar with...

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Holy Scripture in four-part harmony

By on Feb 10, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The lectionary texts for Jan. 29 again reminded me of the amazing diversity we find in the authoritative writings that make up the Bible. The Psalm 15 lesson, for a start, shows us that we earn God’s favor by living a blameless and sincere life. If we avoid doing harm to others, keep our promises even if it costs us, fearlessly speak out against evildoers, and lend to the poor without charging interest, we can be assured of God’s forever blessings. In the Micah 6:1-8 text the prophet declares that simply obeying rules and offering...

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On submitting to rulers

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

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During our current transition of political power I have heard a refrain that has been repeated during previous transitions of power: “Even if we don’t like who is president, we need to respect the office and submit to his authority.” I’ve also heard, again, the distinctly Christian version of this phrase: “God has ordained the person to take the office of president.” Along with this sentiment is almost always the idea that because of the office of the presidency, or because he was placed there by God, that we should then approve...

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An honest challenge to LGBTQ-non-affirming Christians

By on Feb 6, 2017 in The World Together | 11 comments

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As a former “Side B” (the belief that a Christian with same-gender attraction should remain celibate) gay Christian, and a former-former “Side X” (the belief that a Christian should not experience same-gender attraction at all) gay Christian, I completely understand the arguments for traditional Christian views on LGBTQ-related beliefs, teachings and practices. I’ve been there, and I’ve used all of the arguments and scriptures against homosexuality. What I continually fail to comprehend is how indifferent most traditionalist...

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Offering my opinion

By on Feb 3, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:3-5, NRSV I am so tired of trying to figure out who I am supposed to be and where I am supposed to be this person. I don’t want to be political. I don’t want to be religious. But I also don’t know what I do want to be. Am I a theologian? Who knows? Am I a disciple? I am trying desperately to be one. But I don’t...

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