Menno Musings

Thought offerings from our Community

Pentecost-Diversity

Anabaptist Values 5: Community and the Holy Spirit

Pentecost has arrived right in the middle of our Anabaptist Values series, which is perfect because the Holy Spirit was such an integral part of the life and faith of the early Anabaptists. Our reading for this Sunday focused on the beginning of the Pentecost event (Acts 2:1-21), and we discussed how the Holy Spirit invades from heaven, enabling and empowering a community, an other community.

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Anabaptist Values 4: Two Kingdoms

There was a certain anarchy to this. Anabaptists had a high suspicion of hierarchic power structures, the economic practices of the world, and the violent means used to enforce these. Most Anabaptists, thus, never sought to enforce their own cultural expression, no matter how just they thought it was, but strove to be a prophetic counter-cultural political space that calls the “kingdoms of the world” to account for their own injustices.

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Anabaptist Values 3: Jesus Saves

The phrase “Jesus saves” can come with a lot of baggage, and for many it could signal an overly individualistic and restricted spiritual, inner reality. In fact, we are probably all too familiar with John 3:16 sign waving, and you may have been turned off by a street preacher or two telling you to believe right and get saved to avoid hell. However, what we find in the Bible and with Jesus is something more involved than just right belief and getting to heaven.

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Anabaptist Values 2: Jesus Is Lord

There are many lords in our world today whose only aim is to exploit resources, exploit people, accumulate stuff, money, power, control and they do this by sacrificing others in the name of freedom and national security.,, Paul tells the community that their unity and action is defined by the Lord who empties himself and gives himself for others.

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Anabaptist Values 1: Jesus and Discipleship

This summer, we at Pasadena Mennonite Church will be going on a journey through some values that we have identified as “Anabaptist Values.” The goal of this series of sermons is to be spend some time reflecting on our tradition so that we might know ourselves better. Where have we come from? What tradition do we find ourselves in? How much do we (and don’t we) identify with this tradition? All of this is really an attempt for us to know our story and help us have a vision for who we are now and where we are going, our mission.

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Introducing … Sue Park-Hur

Many of us know the inimitable Sue Park Hur, friend and sister of PMC. Ahead of her visit to us this Sunday, I wanted to write a more detailed introduction for those of us that haven’t had the honor to get to know her yet. She and her husband Hyun Hur have been on the Southern California Mennonite scene since they started a Korean house church called Church for Others in 2008 and later their non-profit organization, ReconciliAsian, in 2013. Sue and Hyun started ReconciliAsian as a ministry to equip Korean Church leaders with peacemaking theology and practices . . .

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Learn & Try; Share & Listen

For the past ten weeks I have been auditing the course Practices of Community at Fuller Theological Seminary. When I first approached the professor to ask if I could join as an auditor, I was met with a warm smile, but also a sense of concern. He said something to the effect of “Well, I’d love to have you join but you should know this isn’t necessarily an auditor-compatible class…”

Contact Info

Pasadena Mennonite Church
Meeting at Pasadena Church of the Brethren
1041 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena CA 91107

Sunday Services begin with fellowship at 10:00am —
Worship begins at 10:30am