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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.

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 | 2 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 | 9 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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Jesus only

By on Feb 2, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Matthew 17 tells the story of Jesus taking Peter, James and John to a mountain, where they witnessed his transfiguration. The Bible says, “his face shone as the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” For a moment, Moses and Elijah were also present. The disciples responded by falling on their faces and worshiping Jesus. I’m not sure that I ever noticed what happened immediately after this shattering phenomenon, until I read the story again this past week. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And...

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Not who we are

By on Feb 1, 2017 in The World Together | 0 comments

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The shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people has been on many of our minds over the past few days. There has been the predictable outpouring of support and outrage on social media. There have been vigils and prayers and marches organized in response. There have been expressions of love and care for our Muslim neighbors taking place far away from the bleating headlines. All in all, it’s a narrative that our world is growing regrettably familiar with in light of all the religious and ethnically fueled violence that has unfolded...

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