Obey them that have rule over you? Giving account for our use of Hebrews 13:7

“Of all the verses in the New Testament that exhort Christians to honor their spiritual leaders, perhaps the strongest is this verse in Hebrews 13. No other verse, after all, uses the word “obey” to describe the relationship of Christians toward their church leaders… What kind of relationship does this verse depict between leadership and the rest of the church? What kind of authority does this verse give to local church leaders?…

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On cultural volume – A convert’s ramblings on being adopted by Anabaptism

My near-Hippie mother is such a perfect product of the 60s and 70s. She’s brave, outspoken, brazen. And at once, she’s also deeply invested in maintaining the homeostasis of peace by letting people live how they choose. She wants people happy, healthy, thriving, and most of all, free. I’ve always been my mother’s child this way, and now so is my daughter. We’re sort of “social Amazons”, walking head-down ever-forward, always laughing…

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Is the Gospel Enough? Contemplating Social Justice

In the light of the public outcry against racial injustice and violence in 2020, Derek Kreider contemplates the Christian response. Is it enough to "just preach the gospel"? What is a holistic Kingdom-of-God approach to justice in the world today?

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Nonviolence At Home

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45, NIV). Nonviolence in the face of evil is often understood in…

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