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broken body of Christ

May 20th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short piece for The Mennonite. Here’s an excerpt:

Our Mennonite identity is always disturbed; the church is broken; our congregations are torn. People come and go. Disagreements reemerge and threaten to drive us apart. Congregations dissolve, and others are born.

The church is in a precarious state of unsettled tornness. That’s simply what it means to be the body of Christ. We shouldn’t attempt to hide our divisions and our wounds. In fact, we confess that this tornness is part of the good news. “The body of Christ, broken for you.”

The tearing and scattering of the body of Christ took on new meaning for me a few months ago when Dave and Laura Nickel joined our congregation.

If you want to read the whole thing, follow this link: “the broken body of Christ.”

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