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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 editor@mennoworld.org.

The waste of love

By on Oct 23, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I wake up with a dark hole of emptiness eating through my chest, and it takes me a second to realize why. My little girl is gone. The child that I loved from the minute I set eyes on her is gone. I still remember how she felt sleeping heavily in my arms that first night, her chunky bandages awkwardly propped against me. When she woke and stirred in my arms, I said, “Sweetheart, I’m going to take you to my house to get better. Is that okay?” She nodded and nestled her head in my chest again. Will and I brought her home to the bed waiting...

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From sharing to testimony

By on Oct 19, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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As a young adult I was part of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), and learned to write a three-minute testimony as a way of sharing my faith with other people. What was my life like before coming to Christ? How and why did I come to make a Christian commitment? What changed afterward? Although I didn’t have a dramatic story to tell, working with that three-part outline was a helpful way to reflect on my own journey of faith and to think about how I might share it with others. Since that time, my understanding and practice of testimony has...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

By on Oct 17, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been the Mennonite colony of Molotschna greet busloads of camera-laden pilgrims with welcoming smiles and generous offerings of honey from their hives. I want to bow to these women and men for their unpretentious beauty and generosity. They are not Mennonites, these generous people, and don’t know much about the Mennonites who built and first...

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Lost and found

By on Oct 15, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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We love boundaries. We put them up all the time. Our countries are not the only things in life that are divided by borders. These boundaries may help us define who we are, but they also can lead us to assume we know others based on what they appear to be. And most of the time, if people aren’t like us, we consider them lost. Are you conservative or liberal? Are you Republican or Democrat? Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Are you LGBTQ affirming or traditional? What’s your race, your favorite sports team, your gender, your religion, your...

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A formula for atheism

By on Oct 12, 2018 in The World Together | 7 comments

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A few years ago the pastor of an evangelical-fundamentalist church with whom I’m acquainted announced on the Sunday after Easter that he had become an atheist. He told his stunned congregation that he had been an atheist for a year and a half and that all attempts to revive his faith had failed. So on the Sunday after Easter he publicly left Christianity and moved on with his life — a life with no more Easters. A few days after his bombshell resignation I met with this now erstwhile pastor. As I listened to his story, it quickly became...

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A civil rights reunion

By on Oct 10, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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While on the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., J. Lawrence Burkholder participated in an integration effort on March 31, 1964, in Saint Augustine, Fla., which made headlines in newspapers across the country. He was with (Mary) Malcolm Peabody, the wife of a retired Episcopalian bishop and mother of Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody; Hester Campbell, whose husband, Donald J. Campbell was dean of Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge; and five local black women including Nellie Mitchell, Lillian Roberson, Georgia...

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Returning to our commitments

By on Oct 8, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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In 2015, the Delegate Assembly of MC USA passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. It says: “We lament that sexual abuse exists not only in our society but also within our own homes, congregations and institutions … “When people violate others sexually, the church is called to be a place of healing. Yet we confess that we have often responded with denial, fear and self-preservation. We have tended to listen to voices who have positional power, rather than to those who have been violated and those who are most vulnerable. In this...

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Show mercy like Jesus

By on Oct 5, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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A common perception is that Christians lack compassion, humility and kindness. Fair or unfair, the impression has stuck that we in the church often resemble the biblical Pharisees. One commentator refers to the Pharisees as “the Serious” because they were ever serious about truth and faithful obedience, but not about grace. Like us, apparently. Mercy to tax-collectors When Jesus and his disciples sat down and ate dinner with “many tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 9:10), the Pharisees had grave misgivings: Surely Scripture calls us to...

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A journey to cover

By on Oct 2, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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“Excuse me, Ma’am.” “Yes?” I said, a little surprised by the short-haired, long-bearded man with tattoos covering his forearms. I had just buckled my littlest child into his car seat and was preparing to climb into the driver’s seat. We were at a Pennsylvania gas station and had just stopped to use the restroom before continuing the drive back to our home in Maryland. The man continued, “I don’t mean to startle you, but I just wanted to tell you how nice it is to see you covering your head and dressing modestly and teaching...

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I am the weaker brother

By on Oct 1, 2018 in The World Together | 4 comments

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When we believe we are right about something, how do we behave? How do we treat those with whom we disagree? I’m not talking about issues of sin, but what of disputable matters — issues that are not very clear? Sure there are folks who try to make every kind of sin into a “disputable matter,” but like it or not, there are in fact some things that are not as clear-cut in the Bible as we would like. Romans 14 is a fascinating chapter. The Apostle Paul directly instructs the church not to quarrel over issues that he labels as disputable...

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