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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.

Waiting for God to act

By on Dec 12, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Advent is for waiting. As we tell the story of redemption through the church calendar we begin our telling of the sacred story, not with doing, not with celebrating, but with waiting — waiting for God to act. Yet most of us — children of a high-tech, high-speed, instantaneous age — are not very good at waiting. It feels too much like doing nothing, and we are the driven ones who take pride in being busy. Waiting is not really our thing. Or worse yet, waiting feels too much like lamenting, which is closer to the truth. With the loss of a...

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Choose your own journey

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

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I find myself at the Nanjing Normal University track most mornings, when the urge to run somehow overrides my desire to continue sleeping. Or maybe it’s just the sounds of 6 a.m. construction outside my window that wake me. Regardless the cause, I’m out of bed and running laps around the track in no time. But this isn’t your normal track, at least based on those in America. Whether it be 6 in the morning or 9 at night, there will be people. Rain or shine 一定有人 (there will definitely be people). Hot or cold . . .you get the...

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Yes, I still want to see Heaven . . .

By on Dec 7, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Each Sunday, at the close of his sermons, Pastor Blake would open the doors of the church. To the uninitiated, that did not mean that it was finally time to leave and go home to Sunday dinner. Rather, that was the phrase we used to describe the weekly invitation to Christian discipleship extended to everyone who had not yet made a commitment to follow Jesus. So at seven years of age, I walked down the aisle to sit in the chair at the front of the church. Each person who came forward was expected to give some kind of testimony of faith or give...

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At the Intersection: Psalm 131

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

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There are people who take to driving as naturally as walking. For me as a wide-eyed 14-year-old with a newly minted learner’s permit, it seemed a feat akin to flying. I simply couldn’t understand how anyone accomplished it. Intersections were particularly anxiety-inducing. In some I’d encountered, more than 20 lanes met, angling in six separate directions. There were lines and markings scattered across the pavement, signs on both sides, lights overhead blinking and changing, triple-layered overpasses arching overhead. My mind would race,...

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Drinking coffee with Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society

By on Dec 3, 2018 in The World Together | 1 comment

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Over the Nov. 15-17 weekend, I listened to no less than 30 academic presentations in a space of 2.5 days as Canada’s National Mennonite Historical Society hosted scholars and speakers for the annual Mennonite Studies conference at the University of Winnipeg. For me, to hear Mennonite history treated with academic regard of the highest degree was paradigm shifting. The conclusions of scholars on Mennonites and education, specifically Mennonite girls in education, were especially moving. If Canadian Mennonite history were a monarchy, then...

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Waiting for Advent

By on Nov 28, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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I’ve discovered there are two kinds of people in the world, and it’s one of the deep social divides polarizing the world. On the one hand are the people who put up Christmas trees and decorations on Nov. 1, right after Halloween. On the other hand are the people who are absolutely appalled by the this practice, insisting that Christmas stuff shouldn’t go up until after Thanksgiving. As always, I find myself caught in the middle of this debate. At our house we wait for Advent put up Christmas stuff. But let me defend the Nov. 1...

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We can become one again

By and on Nov 26, 2018 in Latest Issue, The World Together | 0 comments

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Only when Babylon’s 70 years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. – Jer. 29:10 Just after the Korean War in the 1950s, Hyung Gon Lee was a farm manager for the Mennonite Vocational School in Taegu, South Korea, established by Mennonite Central Committee relief volunteers. Following the war, Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Food, fuel and electricity were scarce and there was massive unemployment. A third of all the houses in the entire country were...

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Some other ways to talk about Indians this Thanksgiving

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

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How do you talk about it with your children? Many of us learned a story about Pilgrims and Indians sharing a happy meal of New World foods — turkey and cranberries and pumpkins. If we got into the details, we learned the difference between the Puritans and the Pilgrims and knew that the indigenous people involved were the Wampanoag. We probably didn’t learn that their leader, Massasoit, was the father of Metacom, who would mount a war against the English colonists that included attacks on more than half of...

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Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

By on Nov 16, 2018 in The World Together | 3 comments

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“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up everyone within the area of a parish, and that baptism is a step of obedience upon profession of faith. What most do not know is that Mennonites were the first (surviving) group of Christians to insist on these things, and that they died by the thousands for doing so.” — “You May Be More Mennonite Than You Think” (Christian History...

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One year in: A Sanctuary reflection

By on Nov 14, 2018 in The World Together | 0 comments

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Oct. 2 was the one year anniversary of Edith in Sanctuary in our Columbus Mennonite Church building. The press continues to tell her story sympathetically, like THIS article in The Guardian, and THIS one in The Dispatch. Edith actually first entered Sanctuary last Labor Day, but was able to briefly return home before entering long term on Oct. 2. Over this past year I have thought many times about that Wednesday evening last August when we completed our accelerated discernment process to become a Sanctuary church. It was the second...

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