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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.

The heart of integrity

By on Jul 22, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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John Maxwell is famous for his saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” It’s the belief that however leadership goes, so goes the followers, the organization, the business, or the group. If leadership is underhanded, sneaky, and corrupt, nothing will last. But if the leadership is open, accountable, humble, and honest, then greatness can be achieved. And as a leader, in order for you to call forth greatness in others requires something of you first. One key attribute, above all else, can determine whether your leadership rises...

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Christian identity

By on Jul 21, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Identity enters us from a variety of angles: for some it is some kind of inner self, for others it is one’s vocational passion, for others it is successes — physical, financial, possessions, for others it is one’s social status, for others it is one’s friends, for others it is religious faith, for others one’s sports teams, and I could go on. One could say identity runs between individualism and collectivism: Who I am or Who we are. What is Christian identity? James Thompson, in his book The Church According to Paul, examines one of...

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Under the sky

By on Jul 20, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother and his family. It’s a long drive and very flat. It’s the kind of drive that is easy to dread, particularly in winter months when the roads are bad and the landscape is bleak. It’s a drive I’ve done often enough, but it’s not one that I’ve ever particularly relished. This time, however, the sky almost literally took my breath...

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Where will I stand?

By on Jul 19, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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It seems to me that a new line was crossed in recent weeks. First, two public encounters with police were caught on video resulting in two dead African-American men. Then in Dallas, five police officers were gunned down. If your social media feed is anything like mine, it blew up. Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. For each hashtag there are leaders of faith who claim their perspective is the right perspective, the Christian perspective. As a person of faith myself, I want to know where we go from here. Standing on the...

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It’s time for Christmas

By on Jul 18, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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At Christmas time we give gifts to people we love and to people we do not know. At Christmas time we stop trying to get even with people who have hurt us and instead we focus on showing kindness, even to people who do not deserve it. At Christmas time we are generous to people just because they need it and maybe even if they do not, and we feel healthier and happier. At Christmas time we celebrate excitement in the eyes of children and find quietness in our hearts from it. At Christmas time we see hope dealers all around and dope dealers fade...

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‘O my Lord, what shall I do?’

By on Jul 14, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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According to church researcher Ed Stetzer, more than 40 percent of Americans say they go to church weekly, however, it turns out that less than 20 percent of them are actually in church. That means that more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more exciting things to do on weekends. Not only that, Stetzer found that between 4,000-7,000 churches close their doors every year. That’s appalling to me because if there is any place in existence that should never close its doors, it’s the church. Additionally, Ryan Sheehan found that close...

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Wake up for racial justice

By on Jul 13, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Hear this, O elders, give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your ancestors? Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.   What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust has eaten.   Wake up, you drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you wine-drinkers, over the sweet...

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What kind of ark should we build?

By on Jul 7, 2016 in The World Together | 14 comments

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“God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.” — Genesis 6:11 NLT According to the Biblical account in Genesis, it took Noah 120 years to build the original ark, one designed to provide refuge for himself, his family and a remnant of every kind of living creature on earth. In one of the grimmest narrative in all of Scripture, everything and everyone else perishes. Near Williamstown, Ky., a replica of that massive vessel has been completed in less than two years, thanks to the ambitious dream of...

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Humble, extraordinary pastor

By on Jul 6, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Our MYF was meeting on a Wednesday night at the church for games and Bible study. We were a lively and precocious bunch of 20 teenagers, often running our own program without the input of adult sponsors. As the meeting was winding down, a bald man in a T-shirt ambled into the room and talked casually with a few of us for several minutes; then he shuffled away. A visiting teen asked us, “Was that the church janitor?” We answered with pride: “No, that’s our pastor!” E. Joe Richards, missionary to Japan for 12 years and pastor of...

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When love is needed most

By on Jul 5, 2016 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I was talking recently with a friend about the upcoming Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon that I plan to attend. Like many denominations, ours is wrestling with some familiar trends (aging, shrinking congregations and the institutional challenges that go along with this) and predictable issues (same-sex marriage, how to respond to our nation’s history of colonial attitudes and actions toward indigenous people, among others). And, like many (all?) denominations who live and move in the 21st-century western world, we do not agree...

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