Anabaptist Witness Blog

Welcome to our blog, a forum to foster discussion and share ideas from different corners of the Anabaptist world. It is regularly updated with short reflection pieces, reactions to articles, comments on current events relating to mission, and more. If you are interested in contributing, please review our guidelines and contact information.

The Sting

the history toward which the country slides will be memorized in the future with unglamorous words, a bitter taste on tongues, the sound of heaped up wailing, and the Rose Garden haunted by all the anonymous dead in the deserts, mountains, cities, and islands in the middle of vast seas. the future made last week […]

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What (De-)Radicalization

When I first heard the terms “radicalized” and “radicalization” used by media and political leaders in reference to Islamist terrorist activity, I was irritated. I had learned forty-five years ago about the “Radical Reformation.” Although this language isn’t the exclusive possession of my tradition, the term “Radical Reformation” certainly stands for something profoundly transforming, deeply […]

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Dreamer ©

they count us just things to be tossed, faces without names for ruthless might to strike, mere newcomers without human rights, dreamers condemned by the politics of hate, children for the whip hardened politicians say God will praise, young people painted wrong by high-flown speeches that aim to hurl us back to lands never known. […]

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Why Spain?: Rationale for European Missions

Josh and Alisha Garber are Mennonite Mission Network workers who have served in Lithuania and are making the transition to a new ministry in Barcelona . “Why Spain” is the question provoked in the title. Why indeed?  The following blog post and accompanying video are a reflection on the meaning of mission work internationally and […]

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Cultural Exchange and Applied Anabaptism: A Journey From Indonesia to the USA

We, as Anabaptists, should place Jesus Christ at the center of our faith, community at the center of our lives, and reconciliation at the center of our work.1 As part of the Anabaptist community in Indonesia, I want to be able to implement these three key principles in my own life, though it is often […]

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Effective strategies for building missional churches: lessons learned in multicultural mission collaboration

This article is an adaptation of a Plenary Presentation the author gave at for the Council of International Anabaptist Ministries in Columbus Ohio, January 2016. Lessons from Multi-Cultural Missions Collaboration For about two centuries, Western missions operated on a paradigm that can be described as “from the West to the rest.” In this paradigm, I […]

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Book Review – Winds of the Spirit: A Profile of Anabaptist Churches in the Global South

Happy New Year, dear Anabaptist Witness readers! Our first blog entry of 2017 is a  book review by Titus Guenther examining the relationship between the Pentacostal and Anabaptist traditions. Consider it a fortaste of our upcoming spring issue, “Following the Holy Spirit in Mission”. We wish you a blessed and spirit-filled new year!  Winds of […]

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Serving Colombia from Indonesia

I am grateful that I was born and raised in Indonesia, the world’s largest island country situated in Southeast Asia near Malaysia and the Philippines. Growing up, I always thought missionaries were mostly white people from the United States, Canada, or Europe; I never realized someone from Asia could serve God in this way. However, […]

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What is Witness? A Reflection on Article 10 of the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective

The following post from Anabaptist Witness Co-Editor Jamie Ross is part of an ongoing series of “roundtable posts” published in The Mennonite reflecting on the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.  Ross’s contribution is one in a series of reflections on Article 10: The Church in Mission. Other contributors include Glenn Balzer, Neal Blough, […]

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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

I enjoy music, and I love Boyz II Men. Of their songs, one of my favorites is “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. Even when we’re excited about the future, it can be difficult to let go of the past. This was my experience as a participant in the discipleship training program of […]

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