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Brethren Life & Thought Vol 54 No 4 (Fall 2009)

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This issue presents four articles that stimulate thought around the Christian responses of forgiveness and forbearance.  In this issue: Don Kraybill locates Amish attitudes about forgiveness in the literal interpretation of scripture, referencing some of John Howard Yoder’s teachings.  Flora Williams recounts an event in her life in when she suffered a terrible physical loss that might have left her bitter and resentful.  Some of Flora’s poems are also published in this issue.  Chris Bowman, pastor of the Oakton Church of the Brethren in Virginia, reminds us that even the greatest moments in our faith history do not erase our sorrows of the past.  And a paper first circulated at Annual Conference in 2009, by Earle Fike, Jim Lehman, Bill Eberly and Elaine Sollenberger, explores the use of forbearance as a uniquely Brethren process for working together and for discerning the will of God on difficult issues.
 

Imitating God: Nickel Mines, Forgiveness, and Yoder
by Donald Kraybill

Grapple with some of the questions raised by the issue of forgiveness.  Does forgiveness mean pardon?  Must a perpetrator apologize before a victim forgives?  Does forgiveness bring reconciliation?

For further study: more questions for reflection (pdf)*

 

The Recovery of Brethren Forbearance
by Earle Fike, Jr.

Where in the New Testament do you see examples of the practice of forbearance?

For further study: more questions for reflection (pdf)*

 

A Distinguished Sound
by Christopher Bowman

When is the church too diverse?  When is it too unified?   How do we strike a balance?  What are some of the common values that hold the church together?

For further study: more questions for reflection (pdf)*

 

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Sacred and Secular Responses
by Flora Williams

“When in trouble, praise God.”  Flora did not ask God for help when she was seriously injured.  She offered praise.  When difference would it make to praise God when our first impulse is to seek comfort, guidance, or strength?

For further study: more questions for reflection (pdf)*
 

 

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Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.