September 23, 2009

MWR column

I mentioned my idea of incarne recently and mentioned that I wrote an article for Mennonite Weekly Review's Urban Connections column this month. You can read the article online here. Here's a blurb from it:

"For Anabaptists, immigration is part of our history. Many Mennonites can look to their family heritage to see the story of a people who were continually moving from one part of the world to another, seeking a place for their peculiar way of Christianity to be accepted. Our immigrant story gives us a unique affinity to the New Testament term, “strangers and aliens.”

At the beginning of John’s Gospel, we read that the Word was with God yet came to live among us in order to redeem us. One might say the Word immigrated to Earth from heaven. Jesus was an immigrant.

We follow a God who stoops down, becomes like us, serves us and saves us. And this same God in Jesus beckons us to follow him. What does it look like to follow the immigrant Jesus? To mimic his life within our own?"

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Would appreciate your feedback either here or at MWR.


Anonymous said...

Hey Jason,
I read your article and I like it. I have been reading some early Church stuff for an M.A. class that I am taking and your article made me think about one of the things that I found most striking while I was reading. Most of the Church "fathers" or early theologians and apologists, when writing letters and essays, choose to refer to those that they are addressing as strangers and aliens.
Clement's letter to the Church in Rome opens, “The Church of God, living in exile in Rome to the Church of God, exiled in Corinth.” This, Cyril Richardson notes, refers to the people of God as those who are strangers in a land. They are “a colony of aliens without full civic rights.” This same theme is repeated in Polycarp’s letter to the Philippians: “[To] the Church of God that sojourns at Philipi.” An early letter from the Church at Smyrna reads in the opening lines, “The Church of God that sojourns at Smyrna to the Church of God that sojourns at Philomelium, to all those of the holy and Catholic Church who sojourn in every place. . .”

Just thought that was interesting since you discussed the "stranger and alien" in the NT and also anabaptist [Christian] status as immigrant and stranger.

Hope all is well.

Jason Evans said...

Great references, girl! Thanks! I need to read up on some of the texts you referred to. Hey, we miss you 'round here. Hope you are well.

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