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  • Henotheists Make Reluctant Pacifists – ICOMB
    the abundance of wealth Their land is filled with silver and gold horses chariots and idols They bow down to the work of their hands to what their own fingers have made But God alone rules and ought to receive sole acknowledgement So there will come a day when the Lord alone will be exalted 2 11 and 17 Judah always tried to serve God even if some kings failed But Judah always struggled with the God plus problem God plus political alliances which always meant God plus idols God plus wealth God plus anything They were henotheists They could say God is great On good days they could say God is greater than But they could not say God is only because they were resource rich This is the message of Isaiah 2 6 22 So why do I say henotheists make reluctant pacifists Because 2 1 5 casts the monotheistic vision which includes elimination of war weapons In the latter days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest All nations will say come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord that we may walk in his paths And God will judge between the nations and shall decide disputes and as a result they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks neither shall they learn war anymore Isaiah juxtaposes the vision of peace and the judgment of Judah s mixed worship of henotheism God took Israel to monotheism Jesus who is God pointed his Church there too Whether OT or NT one goal of the gospel is swords into plows So shouldn t the church move into that direction as clearly as possible pointing the way for others the nations of Is 2 But as long as we struggle with full reliance on God we ll struggle with the message of peace In resource rich contexts access to resources and solutions medical financial government etc causes us to depend on those even while we express allegiance to God We are much like Judah Lack of access tends to push us to rely on God more fully As I observe our global faith family I don t think it s a coincidence that the less resourced suffering church understands our peace conviction our cautious patriotism and our reluctance or refusal to take up arms All three of these subjects came up in our recent ICOMB summit It s the more resourced church that struggles with the relevance and practicality of our peace conviction I applaud the US MB Conference in its work to make relevant our peace confession Keep up the good work But I do believe the North American struggle comes out of its so called advantages of freedom and wealth and its absence of historical suffering To some degree Christians will be henotheists not true monotheists God is always working on us to make him the one and only Until then we ll

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  • United States – ICOMB
    This morning I was celebrating the Lord s Supper with the good folks of Familia de Dios Family of God Mennonite Brethren Church in Trujillo Peru Pastor George read the 1 Corinthians 11 text to prepare us Then it hit me Read More Bible Study Peru United States About Us National Churches Executive Committee History of ICOMB Our Stories What We Believe Education Global Scholarship Fund Schools Give to the

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  • Integrity and Our Community Hermeneutic – ICOMB
    through my mind this morning another thought hit me where s the integrity If we literally do one half of the chapter and metaphorically not do another half do we still have integrity or have we sacrificed it in some way Well because these are both within longstanding accepted practice in the Mennonite Brethren church we could say our integrity lies at least in part in our community and its pathway of interpretation God has allowed us to make this call even though in other churches women literally wear head coverings I am amazed at the trust and power God puts in his followers We can interpret one way or another the same passage of scripture It seems to me that integrity will come from several sources First our interpretation must flow from a very high regard of Scripture It is inspired by God It is authoritative Even if interpretations vary there must be integrity with the intent of Scripture Second our interpretations must have foundation in history The early church fathers grappled with most of the questions we have today While our context and culture now differs dramatically we must learn from how they interpreted the scriptures into their context I don t think we pay enough attention to this factor We should also turn to our theological forbears the Anabaptists These radical reformers dealt with issues within a specific political and ecclesial context Integrity is found in holding to the Anabaptist lead and not giving inappropriate weight to other major theological streams Sometimes I feel we give away too much ground on the founders of our movement taking up values and interpretive rules from others Lastly integrity is found internally in unity around our current confession I think this should be considered after we go through the above grid We must beware of making uniformity equivalent with integrity We can be diverse and continue to be unified around Christ and his mission This is true of ICOMB and of the larger church itself My immediate future contains the application of the above thoughts At our annual ICOMB meeting we will grapple with the role of our international community as we try to hold one another accountable for faith and practice We will look at integrity from different angles One angle will be a question from our USA family They are addressing integrity around our peace confession Ed Boschman has asked if ICOMB would listen to what they are working on I believe we will be able to help After all leaders from the global M B community will be together And I trust that God will allow the global community hermeneutic to be fully operational I invite your prayers for us Bible Study Peru United States Similar Posts ICOMB Statement to USMB Study Conference 2013 4 Feb 2013 It s exciting to see our movement making a contribution to God s kingdom from all over US MB Study Conference Day 2 25 Jan 2013 Friday January 25 A

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  • Peru – ICOMB
    Peru Pastor George read the 1 Corinthians 11 text to prepare us Then it hit me Read More Bible Study Peru United States About Us National Churches Executive Committee History of ICOMB Our Stories What We Believe Education Global Scholarship Fund Schools Give to the Global Scholarship Fund Give Affiliates Recent Posts India Trip Report January 2016 February 11 2016 ICOMB Update February 2016 February 3 2016 Voyage into the

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  • Community – Life on Life Discipleship – ICOMB
    controversial decisions and various theological swings For example the conference was strongly dispensational for many decades and then brought back towards a more Anabaptist view Since the 1950s however our community borders opened up Reasons vary the need for pastors inevitability of interaction with neighbors evangelism etc So how did we pass on our character We relied on our usual methods the conventions study conferences periodicals and board structures But eventually these lost their power as we gave away our close knit community ethos We scattered geographically also as missionary effort spread the Mennonite Brethren family around the world And we reasoned if we refined our Confession of Faith language and made Bible colleges and seminary training more sophisticated we would preserve our confessional character In my conversation with Bob I explained our conviction set 7 core ideas which held together actually show the Mennonite Brethren character But it occurred to me strongly in that moment that the concept itself won t answer the question of how we pass DNA on to the next generation of leaders It struck me how much community carries character When Phone Keo lived with those students they talked about everything not just theology and classes He was their patron he made sure they were ok in all aspects of life Now they offer their undivided loyalty to him He is their leader and guide Even when they disagree there s something fundamentally set about their relationship Are they Mennonite Brethren Yes because Phone Keo is and because under his leadership they have also accepted the Confession of Faith This is the power of community when it s life on life When TREK teams head out under MB Mission they spend a lot of time with each other in orientation and then serving together This powerful community cohort effect shapes character When pastors get together to share their lives and convictions theological character is shaped When congregations gather in effective small groups that share personally within the confines of our theological convictions character is shaped I have my doubts however that this kind of small group actually exists right now Very few if any follow our theological confession in their discussions How can we recapture the true life on life effect again Bob told me of 4 young men all sons of church leaders getting their education in university They prayed for a long time and then started inviting other students who they knew came from MB churches but were not connected They now have gathered a group of some 25 or so and have asked if there s any way they can rent a house for them all to live in They know the power of real community having seen it in their fathers and this is for the purpose of imparting Christ to their friends What is our vision for community What s our vision for how we use it to impart our theological convictions and character DNA Thailand Similar Posts US MB

    Original URL path: http://www.icomb.org/2013/03/15/community-life-on-life-discipleship/ (2016-02-16)
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  • David Wiebe – Page 2 – ICOMB
    Bible studies with pastors in some of the villages Together with others from MB Read More ICOMB Statement to USMB Study Conference 2013 It s exciting to see our movement making a contribution to God s kingdom from all over In this light ICOMB works to facilitate global theological exchange We need to hear from each other We can foster vision growth and maturity as Read More US MB Study Conference Day 3 Final Saturday January 26 Closing Presentations Views from the world MCC the Mennonite World Conference ICOMB and MB Mission The church around the world frequently suffers for the faith or is impoverished whether financial or other resources It was inspiring to Read More US MB Study Conference Day 2 Friday January 25 A Long Day with a Lot of Input Roger Poppen made a case for protective violence He worked on personal self protection protection violence community protection police and national defense military Del Gray presented his pathway where he Read More US MB Study Conference Day 1 A short daily blog from the US Mennonite Brethren Study Conference summaries of one or two main points that impacted me and a comment or two Leith Anderson Speaker 1 It s always helpful to review church history On Read More Where Is Your Home In Europe last fall I observed a development among our churches that got me asking What binds us together How do we know where our home is Home is that settled place where we feel most comfortable Our environment our Read More And Shalom in the New Year One week ago 26 people lost their lives in Newtown Connecticut Shot down in cold blood as they say It was particularly poignant because 20 victims were children My heart goes out to them People in

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  • David Wiebe – Page 3 – ICOMB
    begin this blog with fear and trepidation Mostly because there are knowledgable and faithful people in my faith family Theologians Pastors Lay folks who read and think a lot Someone has said A closed mouth gathers no foot It would Read More 1 2 3 About Us National Churches Executive Committee History of ICOMB Our Stories What We Believe Education Global Scholarship Fund Schools Give to the Global Scholarship Fund

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  • Uncategorised – Page 2 – ICOMB
    with pastors in some of the villages Together with others from MB Read More ICOMB Statement to USMB Study Conference 2013 It s exciting to see our movement making a contribution to God s kingdom from all over In this light ICOMB works to facilitate global theological exchange We need to hear from each other We can foster vision growth and maturity as Read More US MB Study Conference Day 3 Final Saturday January 26 Closing Presentations Views from the world MCC the Mennonite World Conference ICOMB and MB Mission The church around the world frequently suffers for the faith or is impoverished whether financial or other resources It was inspiring to Read More US MB Study Conference Day 2 Friday January 25 A Long Day with a Lot of Input Roger Poppen made a case for protective violence He worked on personal self protection protection violence community protection police and national defense military Del Gray presented his pathway where he Read More US MB Study Conference Day 1 A short daily blog from the US Mennonite Brethren Study Conference summaries of one or two main points that impacted me and a comment or two Leith Anderson Speaker 1 It s always helpful to review church history On Read More Where Is Your Home In Europe last fall I observed a development among our churches that got me asking What binds us together How do we know where our home is Home is that settled place where we feel most comfortable Our environment our Read More And Shalom in the New Year One week ago 26 people lost their lives in Newtown Connecticut Shot down in cold blood as they say It was particularly poignant because 20 victims were children My heart goes out to them People in my circles

    Original URL path: http://www.icomb.org/category/uncategorized/page/2/ (2016-02-16)
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