Note:Â This is a repost from my personal blog at http://ballymennoniteblogger.blogspot.com/.Â Since there are a number of post-modern/post-Christendom Anabaptist radicals hanging out here, I thought y’all would enjoy participating in the conversation.
Remember this post?
And this one?
It’s been a little over a year since I set that challenge before myself.Â Well, guess what.Â I’m starting this now.
See, I’m working on my MLI for the Mennonite Church Leadership Database and one of the questions in that database is my reactions and responses to the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.Â Since I’m going to be spending the time looking at that in detail for that purpose, I thought I would blog about my reactions as well.
If I can swing it, tomorrow I’ll be hitting Article 1 on God.Â If y’all wanna follow along with me, you can read the articles as I go.Â I’ll be sticking to the order in the document.
Before that, though, you might want to review the Introduction.Â There’s a lot of information there about the importance of Confessions but also points out that the commentary published along with the Articles are important in understanding the articles as they were written.Â Instead of looking at the commentary as “opinion” commentary (as some commentaries on Scripture are), these commentaries should be viewed the same way the book of Romans would be if Paul had written it as a blog article and interacted with commentary.Â The commentary on these articles were written by the people who constructed the articles so they are a window into the mindset and thought processes of those men and women.Â They should not be discounted but instead used as a tool to gain understanding for those parts of the articles that may be less clear because we are not part of the context in which they were written.
So, come with me.Â This is a journey for me.Â I invite you to join in.
Here we go… and may God go with us.