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MennoNerds is on the lookout for new Anabaptist-minded bloggers.  We have over 50 blog streams being syndicated on our website right now and we have several affiliates also associated with us.  There are quite a few other folks out there who are writing blogs and thinking good MennoNerdy thinky-thoughts.  We’re especially looking for bloggers who are not your typical white male Anabaptist folks. Click on the link above or click Becoming an Author and fill out an application.We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Teenage artists make me think

All art, whether visual, written, musical or film, is supposed to reflect something of the mind and world of the artist, and make the viewer, listener or reader think or feel something they might not otherwise do. An exhibition of artworks by High School students did exactly that for me. Art Express Each year, thousands […]

A Soul and a Bad Bargain

Have you ever had the experience while reading of one sentence almost literally leaping off the page? Amidst all the little black marks on white pages arranged in neat little rows, one collection of markings sets itself apart from the herd, towering above the others, reaching out, grabbing you by the throat, forcing you to reckon with it. Have […]

The Path of Forgiveness: Inviting ISIS to the Eucharist

     Adam Schneider is a former seminarian at Seattle Pacific Seminary and is currently a graduate student at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Capital University in Columbus, OH. A hopeful Nazarene, he is passionate about naming and relating our personal stories while deconstructing social categories that prevent us from truly knowing one another.   ISIS recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. On Monday, 150 other Assyrian Christians were kidnapped in Syria. American politicians, including the President, are still in conflict over how best to respond to the ongoing violence. There is a depressing and frustrating lack of consistency when American politicians and political commentators use Christian faith and/or scripture to justify public policy, particularly regarding military attacks in response to violence. When examined closely, I find that inconsistent application of one’s faith in the US (whether Christian, Muslim, or any other) is unfortunately similar to that of our “enemy,” the “terrorists” that we are so desperate to destroy. Violence is committed when we characterize and dehumanize. These steps are unfortunately more cyclical than linear, lending to a cycle that the more it spins, […]

How to Become a Saint

Don’t you want to be a saint? Here’s how you become a saint. Step 1: Be saved. If you don’t know how to be saved check this article or simply listen to the wise words of the apostle Paul: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God … Continue reading

Meditation on John 11 Part 2

This part of the story reveals Jesus—although confident in divine power—in the depth of human emotion. The grief of separation and death hits the human Jesus with full force. Three times it is mentioned that Jesus feels deep emotions. In verse 35—the shortest verse in the Bible—“Jesus wept.” In verses 33 and 38 it says […]

Is Suffering Beneficial?

As a new pastor (many years ago now), I welcomed my church
to a Sunday evening bible study.  Only a
few people showed up at first, but we had the occasional visitor.  A tall, red-haired man and his wife showed
up, and sat down listening while sli…

Meditation on John 11 Part 1

  This story takes place only a short time before the events of what we now call “Passion Week.” Bethany, where this story takes place, is less than an hour’s walk from Jerusalem where Jesus will be tried and crucified. The fact that begins the plot of the story is that Lazarus is very sick […]

Practices for the Second Week of Lent

Creative Prayer Experience You will need a piece of brown paper; pen, colored pencils or markers; collage materials if desired Cut or tear a cross shape from the piece of brown card stock. On one side of the cross, write, draw, or collage the burdens that you feel you are carrying.  On the other side […]

“Who Sees and Sings and Wonders Why…”

Poetry doesn’t tend to agree with me.  Or, more precisely, I don’t tend to agree with it.  I’m too linear or dully rationalistic or unimaginative or…  Too, well, something.  Or, perhaps, not enough something.  I so often just don’t get it.  I read a poem (or, more likely, a few lines from a poem), scratch my head, struggling […]

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