Author: Gareth Brandt

Church

Church is both scattered and gathered. We scatter in various activities of service and witness. We gather in various forms: our care group that meets in homes for potluck every week, weekly worship with a few hundred, denominational gatherings in our province and in Canada, and global gatherings of all in the Mennonite faith family, […]

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Pilgrimage to Pentecost

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost and the end of the Easter season. Thanks for journeying with me this season of Easter where we have been “walking in the resurrection” with Myron Augsburger. After last week when I was wondering whether his writing was perhaps a bit dated, I was pleasantly surprised by how relevant and […]

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The Church Walks

My view of the church—and I would say even the church’s view of itself—has evolved since 1976 when Walking in the Resurrection was written. I am with him on the opening statements that “the church is a fellowship and not an institution…The church is an expression in the world of a new humanity, a people […]

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The Present Reign of God

In the chapter (7) I just finished reading, Augsburger articulates the traditional “two-kingdom” theory that most Anabaptist/Mennonites have held for centuries. This made perfect sense for a persecuted and fleeing minority in 16th century central Europe and beyond but it is presently problematic in numerous ways which I will not get into at this time. […]

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Living as a New Creation

It seems a key verse in this book is 2 Corinthians 5:17—”If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new.” “Walking in the resurrection is living in this newness, this fulfillment in Christ.” We walk with a new perspective, a different perspective than the […]

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