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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.

Choosing a good death

By on Apr 20, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Both of my parents were able to die the way they wanted to: at home surrounded by family. I hope this is the way I am able to die as well. Unfortunately, medical technology, combined with our own fearful choices, have made “a good death” at home less likely. Medical technology can often keep our bodies alive even when we have lost all consciousness and control. We can be resuscitated, intubated and ventilated. It used to be that the line between life and death was much sharper: the lungs stopped breathing, the heart stopped, and that was...

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Seeking reconciliation in Vietnam

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

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I was amazed during my recent trip to Vietnam to see how the Vietnamese people have moved beyond the war and are committed to seeking reconciliation with Americans. Despite the horrific pain and hardship their country suffered at our hands, the people we met — government officials, military veterans, teachers, students — expressed no ill feelings toward Americans and were eager to build a relationship of friendship and cooperation. This spirit of peace was especially evident during the ceremonies at My Lai marking the 50th anniversary of...

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A God who likes to have fun

By on Apr 17, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Imagine what our lives would look like if they really flowed to the rhythm God intends for us. Imagine what a sustainable pace that allows time for work and rest, solitude and community, fasting, feasting and fun would look like. These are some of the thoughts that revolve in my mind as I seek to live into a sustainable way of life. Sustainability is not about cutting back on consumption and work, though that can be an outcome. Sustainability is primarily about living into life as God intends it to be. This is one of my ruling passions. I...

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How can we judge those outside the church?

By on Apr 16, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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When I got home from work, the unopened envelope was sitting there on the desk. I knew what it was before I even read it. It was a jury duty summons to the Tehama County Superior Court. Though I had never registered to vote, California is one of the many places that uses driver’s licenses to fill their juries instead. On the day that I was summoned, I showed up early hoping to speak to someone ahead of time, because as the letter had read, I could not apply for an exemption from serving unless I had a hardship or medical reason. The court...

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Who are the slaves serving us?

By on Apr 9, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Since by definition slaves have virtually no control over their living conditions or their compensation, is slavery a thing of the past? Unfortunately, there are still an untold number of sex slaves and multitudes of other men, women and children in the world who are forced to live and work under conditions that virtually make them chattel. In the first century, wealthy Romans might own 400-500 such slaves, depending on how well-to-do they were. Ironically, however, even the wealthiest of these slave owners would no doubt gladly trade their...

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‘If you love me…’

By on Apr 5, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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After the resurrection of Jesus, there were still things he needed to teach the disciples before his ascension to heaven. The disciples, no doubt, had guilt about their disappearance during his trial, his scourging and his awful crucifixion. We know John was at the foot of the cross with Mary, the mother of Jesus; yet, Judas betrayed him, Peter denied him, and Thomas didn’t believe he had really come back to life. One morning the disciples gathered on the shore of the sea of Galilee for a breakfast of fish prepared by the Master himself....

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How do we know Jesus rose from the dead?

By on Apr 2, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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How do we know Jesus rose from the dead? We discussed this question at Followers of Jesus Church Atlanta as part of our Easter celebration. How would you answer it? The resurrection is the basis for our Christian hope. Paul said that if Christ did not rise from the dead, then we won’t, either, and that if we have no hope of being raised at Christ’s return, then our “faith is futile” and “we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:17-19). I believe Jesus’ resurrection is also the foundational reason for trusting that the...

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Forgiveness for the third and fourth generations

By on Mar 29, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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A few years ago I learned that a Native American coffee shop was opening near my church. A native business other than a casino got my attention. I found this place to be one of the friendliest social gathering places in the city. I met a lot of native guys my age, most of them Vietnam vets, most of them having lived in the horror of alcoholism and drugs following military service. The overwhelming pattern of absentee white fathers and Indian mothers was astounding. Almost to a man they said that what brought them out of addiction was going...

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Be careful what you ask for

By on Mar 27, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I was at a lunch recently where Matt. 20:20-28 was read devotionally before the meal. It’s the passage where the mother of James and John seeks to stake out some territory for her sons in the kingdom of God that Jesus was always going on about and which she believed was imminent. “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” They’ve been good boys, after all. They’ve left everything to follow Jesus. They’ve puzzled over his strange teaching, witnessed his miracles, and...

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He goes lower still

By on Mar 26, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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God is immense. He spread the universe with one wave of his hand; billions of galaxies spanning light years, completely unseen and unreachable by man. This same God created the intricacies of our bodies that are complex to an extent that we can’t even grasp the science of it. If we haven’t figured out the mysteries and complexities of nature (what we can see), then how can we expect to even begin to comprehend the magnitude of almighty God? This same spectacular, holy God who did all these things and veils himself from our eyes lest we die...

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