Anabaptist Witness

A global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission

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Mission & Health

The gospels portray physical healing as a central component of Jesus’s ministry, and the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles suggest that healing was important in the early church. Caring for and restoring the integrity of the body is, in these New Testament examples, a sign of creation’s renewal and the arrival of God’s reign. Even when Christians have lost sight of this precedent, emphasizing instead an otherworldly salvation of the disembodied soul, the ministry of healing has rarely been completely discarded. This issue of Anabaptist Witness explores the place of healing in the church’s conception of its purpose and task.

October 2022

Book review by Loren Johns

Ted Grimsrud, To Follow the Lamb: A Peaceable Reading of the Book of Revelation

Book review by Matthew Peterson

Ryan S. Schellenberg, Abject Joy: Paul, Prison, and the Art of Making Do

Book review by Lucille Marr

Richard Lougheed, Menno’s Descendants in Quebec: The Mission Activity of Four Anabaptist Groups 1956–2021

Book review by Noemi Vega Quiñones

Felipe Hinojosa, Apostles of Change: Latino Radical Politics, Church Occupations, and the Fight to Save the Barrio

Book review by Anicka Fast

John M. Janzen, Harold F. Miller, and John C. Yoder, eds., Mennonites and Post-Colonial African Studies

From the blog

Caring for People above All Else: Integrating Prayer, Relief, and Peace to Build God’s Church

  Two recent events emphasized the ways that the power of prayer combined with relief and peacemaking work are energizing the mission of God in the Ethiopian context. The first of these was a Zoom conference on February 15th featuring President Desalegn Abebe of the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), an Anabaptist denomination in Ethiopia with […]

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Prayer on the Anniversary of the Invasion of Ukraine

We share this prayer with permission from the Association of Mennonite Congregations in Germany. Information about ongoing prayer opportunities is found at the bottom of the page. —ed.   Prayer on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the Russian government’s war of aggression against the people of Ukraine. 24 February 2023 War causes endless […]

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Everydayness in Mission Theory

1. Everydayness – a concept conquers the academic world In recent years, academic discussion in the social sciences has focused strongly on the concept of the ordinariness of human existence. In this context, everydayness is understood to be a “common, everyday occurrence characterized by nothing extraordinary” or even an “everyday process.”[2]  Even more, it is […]

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They are so sad because they have no friends

The Flag Says Everything At the beginning of July, I visited Poland with a WEA staff member with the aim of getting to know a bit better the refugee work of the Slavic Protestant congregations in the country. Among others, we met the newly married couple Natasha and Ivan.  Both fled from Belarus to Poland […]

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To Love Your Enemy, You Need Grace

How to Relate to Enemies the Jesus Way? Evangelical Christians are quick to pull out the golden rule of proper behavior. “What would Jesus say?” is that rule. In times of war, however, the rule seems not to apply for the vast majority of Christians. Christians turn instead to just war theory, enroll in the […]

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